Originally from Boston, Dr. Larry Robinson completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1985, and after a few years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh moved to the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in 1989. Over 25 years at UW, he took on a variety of administrative roles: chair of the department of rehabilitation medicine; and vice dean for Graduate Medical Education (known as PGME in Canada) and for Clinical Affairs.
He moved to the University of Toronto in 2014. He currently serves as Department Division Director of the division of PM&R and program chief for St. John’s Rehab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He also holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences.
Dr. Robinson has been involved in a number of national activities in PM&R in the US and Canada. He was a director and treasurer for the American Board of PM&R and chair of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM). He has been active in the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AANEM in 2017. Dr. Robinson serves as an editorial board member for the American Journal of PM&R. In Canada he has served as president of the Canadian Association of PM&R (CAPMR) and as chief examiner for the EMG examination given by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology.
Dr. Robinson has more than 200 journal articles in the peer reviewed medical literature. These are primarily related to electrodiagnosis and traumatic neuropathy. More recently he has worked on research to improve the continuum of care for patients requiring rehabilitation.