Fatma Gul, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is an experienced clinician and researcher in the field of spasticity management. 

Dr. Gul, a native of Turkey, received her medical degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine before completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern.

She is certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Management. She also holds a master’s degree in medical management.

Dr. Gul serves as principal investigator on a number of clinical trials exploring the use of botulinum toxin as treatment for limb spasticity.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of PM&R, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Pain Society.

In 2018, she was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

Personal Note

Dr. Gul has two daughters and two granddaughters and enjoys fishing, boating, and gardening.

Meet Dr. Gul

Spasticity Management Specialist in Dallas

Spasticity management specialist Fatma Gul, M.D., is one of the most experienced physical medicine and rehabilitation experts in her field. For more than 30 years, she has evaluated and treated adults and children with spasticity issues caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. 

That experience means Dr. Gul understands how best to help patients who suffer from spasticity, a tightening or stiffness of muscles that can be painful and interfere with normal activities such as walking, sleeping, or getting dressed. 

As principal investigator on a number of clinical trials that investigate the latest therapies for spasticity, Dr. Gul is among the first to know about new treatments that could change her patients’ lives.

Currently, she offers the latest treatments in the form of botulinum toxin injections and intrathecal drug delivery for spasticity management, also known as a baclofen pump.

Being able to help patients function and offering treatments that improve their quality of life is what Dr. Gul enjoys most about her work.

“My care is very patient centered,” she says. “My goal is to help patients achieve what’s most important to them and to help them overcome difficulties caused by their condition. Improving their lives brings me great joy.”

In addition to her position as lead physician in spasticity management, Dr. Gul is Medical Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic and sees some patients with general rehabilitation needs.

She has been recognized numerous times as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Best Doctor by D Magazine, and other prestigious local and national honors.

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Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - University of Texas at Dallas (2001-2002)
  • Graduate School - University of Texas at Dallas (2001-2002), Advanced Studies
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1982-1985), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship - G.C. Morton Cancer and Research Hospital (1981-1982), Hematology Oncology
  • Internship - Methodist Hospitals of Dallas (1979-1980), Internal Medicine & General Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Istanbul (1967-1973)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Pain Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of PM&R
  • American Academy of Pain Management
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2016-2017, 2019-2020, 2022
  • Spasticity
  • Physician Productivity in Academic Setting
  • Pain Disorders
  • Childhood Disability
  • Academic Practice Management

Clinical Focus

  • Spasticity Evaluation
  • Spasticity Management
  • Pain Management
  • Stroke

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