Daniel I Rhon


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director of Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Health Services Research
Office Phone


Research Fellowship, Post Doctoral, University of Utah, UT 2011-2014
Clinical Fellowship, Orthopaedic & Manual Physical Therapy 2007-2008
Brooke Army Medical Center, TX
Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Baylor University, TX 2007-2008
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Temple University, PA 2005-2007
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT), Baylor University, TX 2001-2003
Bachelor of Science in Applied Health, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA 2001
Minor in Spanish and Psychology Magna Cum Laude


Dr. Dan Rhon is a clinician and active health services researcher. He is a Primary Investigator for multiple trials at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center. He is an ORISE Research Fellow for the Physical Performance Service Line at the Office of the Surgeon General, and an Assistant professor at Baylor University. He completed a postdoc research fellowship through the University of Utah and has a strong research interest in the effectiveness of clinical care pathways for musculoskeletal disease, both at primary and specialty care levels, and the intersection of these two. He manages several CDMRP and NIH-funded multi-site trials in the MHS focused on these clinical problems. He is a past recipient of the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the US Army COL Mary Lipscomb Hamerick Lifetime Research Award.
Twitter: @danrhon
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/danrhon

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Director of Research, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Research Program, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA (2009-2014)

Director of Physical Therapy, Center for the Intrepid, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX (2014-2016)

Director, Clinical Outcomes Research, Center for the Intrepid, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX (2015-2017)

COL Mary Lipscomb Hamrick Lifetime Research Award ("recognizes an outstanding senior SP Corps Officer who has a collection of research or clinical investigation contributions, that have had strategic impact and have positively influenced Army Medicine" (2015)

Army Medical Department (AMEDD) 'Iron Major' - Leadership designation for Top 1% of Officers with the rank of Major in Army Medicine. (2015)

Rose Excellence in Research Award given for the best research article published in 2014 on orthopaedic physical therapy by the orthopaedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Army Medical Specialist Corps Research Manuscript Award (2014)

Army New Horizons Research Award (awarded to one emerging research-clinician Army-wide each year) (2011)

Army Medical Specialist Corps Award of Excellence in Physical Therapy (awarded to one physical therapist Army-wide each year) (2004)


Mansell NS, Rhon DI, Meyer J, Slevin JM, Marchant BG. Arthroscopic Surgery or Physical Therapy for Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Randomized Clinical Trial With 2-Year Follow-up. AJSM 2018

Rhon DI, Snodgrass SJ, Cleland JA, Greenlee TG, Sissell CD, Cooke CE. Comparison of Downstream Health Care Utilization, Costs, and Long-Term Opioid Use for Physical Therapist Management Versus Opioid Therapy Management After Arthroscopic Hip Surgery. Physical Therapy 2018

Rhon DI, Clewley D, Young JL, Sissel CD, Cook CE. Leveraging healthcare utilization to explore outcomes after arthroscopic hip surgery: methodology for defining relevant variables from a health services database. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2018

Rhon DI, Greenlee TA, Fritz JM. Utilization of manipulative treatment for spine and shoulder conditions between different medical providers in a large military hospital. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018

Rhon DI, Golden KJ, Trevino AJ, Hatler BS. Soldier Readiness Processing: Time For a New Paradigm In Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries After Deployment? Mil Med. 2017

Rhon DI, Boyles RB, Cleland JA. One-year outcome of subacromial corticosteroid injection compared with manual physical therapy for the management of the unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome: a pragmatic randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2014