Robert P. Wilder, M.D., Chair

Photo Portrait of Dr. Robert P Wilder

Robert Wilder, M.D. Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Training & Certification

M.D. Degree:

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Transitional Medicine, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


Primary Care Sports Medicine, The Nirschl Orthopaedic and Sportsmedicine Clinic


  • Licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board-certified in Sports Medicine


  • Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Director, The Runner’s Clinic at UVA
  • Consultant Physician, UVA Athletics


Clinical Practice:

Conditions Treated:

    • Running injuries, Sports Medicine, Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle Sprain, Bicep Tendonitis,
    • Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Compartment Syndrome, DJD of the Hip Knee, Ankle, and Foot,
    • Epicondylitis, Hamstring Strain, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Ischial Bursitis, Knee Sprain,
    • Osteitis Pubis, Osteoarthritis, Patellar Tendonitis, Patellofemoral Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis,
    • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Shin Splints,
    • Sports Hernia, Stress Fractures, Tennis Elbow,
    Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, and Trochanteric Bursitis.

Research Interest:

  • Running Biomechanics
  • Physiologic and training effects of deep water running for athletes.

Languages Spoken:

  • English


  • 1996-2018 Best Doctors in America
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
  • Best Sportsmedicine Doctor, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
  • American Academy of PM&R Legacy Award for Excellence in Sportsmedicine
  • Fellow, American College of Sportsmedicine
  • Lifetime Service Award, Charlottesville Track Club
  • Virginia High School League Merit Award

Contact Information:

UVA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Box #801004
Charlottesville, VA 22908-1004

Phone Number: 434-243-5600

Fax Number:434-243-5639

For more information about Dr. Wilder’s publications, interests, and textbooks, please click on the links below. 

Spine and Sports Care
Textbook of Running Medicine
Ragged Mountain Racing 


Robert Wilder, MD, is chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UVA. He also serves as medical director of The Runner’s Clinic and the UVA SPEED Clinic, and directs the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Born in California, Dr. Wilder attended the University of Dayton for his undergraduate degree and earned his MD from UVA. He then moved on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, for his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, followed by a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Virginia Sports Medicine Institute in Arlington. He joined UVA in 1998, and became a professor in 2015. He has chaired the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2010.

In addition to his work at UVA, Dr. Wilder is the head team physician for Ragged Mountain Racing and Monticello High School, a USTA Tournament physician and the medical director for numerous local races, including the Charlottesville Marathon and Half-Marathon, the Charlottesville Ten Miler and the Women’s Four Miler.