Daniel Cai is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in electrodiagnosis and neuromuscular medicine.

Dr. Cai earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School, where he also completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also received advanced training through completion of a fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Cai joined the UT Southwestern Faculty in 2021.

Dr. Cai strives to use general rehabilitation principles and multidisciplinary care in the treatment of neuromuscular diseases. Neuromuscular medicine has experienced exciting growth and novel therapies are now being developed for previously untreatable diseases. The intensive nature of these diseases means that patients usually have complex rehab needs. Dr. Cai’s unique training bridges the gap between neurological treatment and physical rehabilitation care to ensure optimal outcomes. He assists patients with electrodiagnostics, therapy prescriptions, biomechanics, orthotics, assistive devices, pain management, and wheelchair seating. At UTSW, he is excited to be achieving his dream of building relationships with his patients and helping them achieve their functional goals.

Dr. Cai serves as a resident/fellowship liaison on the Board of the American Association for Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2016)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Physical Medicine & Rehab
University of Washington Medical Center (2021), Neuromuscular Disease

Research Interest

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Ultrasound
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)


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Honors & Awards

  • Richard F. Materson New Investigator Research Grant Award, Foundation of PM&R
  • Medical Student Research Fellowship Winner, UT Southwester

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2016)
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (2018)
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2021)