Robert P. Wilder, M.D., Chair

Headshot Photo of Dr. Robert P. Wilder

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.

Dr. Wilder attended the University of Dayton where he was captain of the Flyers Cross Country Team. Following medical school at UVa and residency at the Baylor College of Medicine, he completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Nirschl Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic.

He has served as the team physician for numerous schools and teams including FC Dallas of MLS, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Virginia. He is currently team physician for Reebok Elite, Ragged Mountain Racing, Monticello HS, and is a US Tennis Association Tournament Physician. He is the medical director for numerous local area races including The Charlottesville 10-Miler and the Women’s Four Miler. He is co-editor of the Textbook of Running Medicine.

Dr. Wilder joined the faculty at UVa in 1998 and has chaired the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2010.

Training & Certification

Primary: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

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

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

Fellowship: 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


Title: Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Medical Director, The Runner’s Clinic at UVA
  • Consultant Physician, UVA Athletics

Division: General Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Appointment

Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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 Interests: Running Biomechanics,Physiologic and training effects of deep water running for athletes


  • 1996-2020 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
  • Central Virginia Running Hall of Fame

External Media

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

Reebok Elite
Textbook of Running Medicine
Ragged Mountain Racing