Bruce Greeenfield

Bruce H. Greenfield PT, MA (Bioethics), PhD, FNAP, FAPTA

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 1442 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta , GA 30322
Phone: (404) 712-4139 (Office)


Bruce H. Greenfield, PT, PhD, FNAP (Fellow National Academies of Practice), FAPTA is a professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a senior fellow in the Emory University Center for Ethics, and affiliated faculty, Certificate Program Disability, Health and Culture. He is a member of the Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee, where he does ethic consultations. Currently, he is chair of the Ethics Grand Round Committee at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Greenfield holds a bachelor of arts degree from Oglethorpe University; a certificate in physical therapy and master of medical science, both from Emory University; and a PhD in higher education from Georgia State University. He subsequently received an additional master’s degree in bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Greenfield was appointed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board of Directors to serve on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee. He currently chairs that committee. He has chaired the Research Committee of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and served on the editorial boards of five journals. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. He was invited to be a founding member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network (CPN), an international network of physiotherapists who have interest and do teaching and scholarship in the humanities including, philosophy, history, linguistics, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, to explore how ideas from these disciplines affect and impact the care of physical therapy. Currently CPN has grown to over 200 members in 20 countries. For many years, Dr. Greenfield was an orthopedic clinical specialist and edited two text books on the rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder published by F.A. Davis. Dr. Greenfield’s influential writings on ethics in physical therapy have twice been recognized by the APTA Academy of Education as recipient of its prestigious Stanford Award. His scholarship focuses on strategies to improve patient-centered care, including the development of an ethics of care based on phenomenology and the use of reflective narratives. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has been named Outstanding Educator and received the Dean’s Teaching award in the Emory University School of Medicine. But what is most proud of is that he has been married 40 years, has three children and four grand children.


2012 M.A. Bioethics Loyola University, Chicago, IL
2004 Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University , Atlanta, GA.
1985 M.M.SC. Emory University , Atlanta GA.
1981 Certificate, Physical Therapy, Emory University , Atlanta, GA.
1976, B.A. Oglethorpe Universithy, Atlanta, GA.

Selected Publications

Blanton S. Greenfield B, Jensen G, Swisher L, Kirsch N, Davis C, Purtilo R. Cam reading Tolstoy make us better physical therapists? The role of health humanities in physical therapy. Physical Therapy, In – press.

Bridges PH, Carter VM, Phillips T, Conwell R, Hensley B, Kimbrell A, Sigle M, Greenfield B, Johanson M. An assessment of the validity and reliability of a clinical evaluation instrument: an example from a private physical therapy program. J Phys Ther Ed. 2018: 32(1):26-36.

Furze JA, Greenfield BH, Barr JH, Gale JR, Geist K, Jensen G. Clinical narratives in residency education: exploration of the learning process. Physiotherapy. Theory and Practice. 2018:

Greenfield BH, Bridges PH, Phillips T, Carter V, Barefoot T, Dobson A, Eldridge A, Ng N, Nicoletti L. Reflective narratives by student physical therapist on early clinical experiences: an inductive and deductive analysis: The use of a reflective framework. J Phys Ther Ed. 2017:31(4): 49-58.

Jensen GM, Nordstrom T, Segal RL, McCallum C, Graham C., Greenfield B. Education research in physical therapy: visions of the possible. Physical Therapy. 2016: 96(12):

Greenfield B. Invited column: ethical challenges of healthcare professionals caring for athletes in team sports. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2015, In Press

Greenfield B, Jensen G, Delaney C, Mostrom E, Knab M, Jampel A. Perspective: Power and promise of narrative for advancing physical therapist education and practice. Physical Therapy. 2015: 95(2): 924- 933.

Greenfield B, Bridges PH, Phillips TA , Adams E, Bullock D, Davis K, Nelson C, Wood B. Reflective narratives by physical therapist students  on their early clinical experiences: a deductive and inductive approach. J Phys Ther Ed. 2015;  29(2): 21 – 31.

Greenfield B. A revisit to the ongoing philosophic debate about mixing methods: challenges and tensions. Invited commentary. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2013: 18(2): 138-139.

Greenfield B, Bridges PH, Phillips TA, Drill AN, Gaydosik CD, Krishnan A, Yanziak A. Exploring the experiences of novice clinical instructors in physical therapy clinical education: a phenomenological study. Physiotherapy. 2014: 100(4): 349-355.

Greenfield B, Jensen GM. Phenomenology: a powerful took for patient-centered rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2012: 17(6): 417-428.

Greenfield BH, West CR. Ethical issues in sports medicine: a review and justification for ethical decision-making and reasoning. Sports Health. 2012: 4: 476-479.

Greenfield B, Bridges B, Hoy S, Metzger R, Obuaya G, Resutek L. Exploring experience clinical instructors’ experiences in physical therapist clinical education: a phenomenological study. J Phys Ther Ed. 2012: 26(3): 40-47.

Greenfield B, Mussolino G. Technology in rehabilitation: ethical and curricular implications for physical therapist education. J Phys Ther Ed. 2012: 26(2): 81-90.

Jensen G, Greenfield B. Ethic’s education: developing habits of mind through the use of pedagogical content knowledge. Physical Therapy Review. 2012: 17(3): 149 -156.

Greenfield B. Invited Commentary. Phenomenology in rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Topics on Stroke Rehabilitation. 2011: 18(1): 35-39.

Greenfield B, Jensen G. Understanding the lived experiences of patients: Application of phenomenological approach to ethics. Phys Ther. 2010: 10(8): 1185-1197.

Greenfield B, Jensen G. Beyond the code of ethics: application of phenomenology for ethical decision making. Physiotherapy Research Int. 2010: 15(2): 88-95.

Greenfield B, Keough E, Linn S, Little D, Portela, C. Perspectives of caring from patients undergoing physical therapy. J Allied Health. 2010: 39(2): e-43 – e-47.

Greenfield B. Phenomenology: An alternative ethics in rehabilitation. Commentary. American J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009: 88: 955-958.

Greenfield B, Banja J. The role of ethical theory in physical therapist education. J Phys Therapy Ed. 2009: 23(2): 24-28.

Johanson M, Greenfield B, Greene B, Abelew T. An impairment-based intervention for a patient with non-specific bilateral hip pain: clinical and biomechanical outcomes. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research. 2009: 12(2): 113-125.

Rauscher L, Greenfield B. Advancements in contemporary physical therapy research: The use of mixed methods designs. Phys Ther. 2008: 89(1): 91-100.

Greenfield B, Anderson A, Cox B, Tanner M. The meaning of caring in novice physical therapists. Phys Ther. 2008: 88(10): 1-13.

Greenfield B. Guest editorial: Opening up the possibilities with genetics. J Physical Therapy Ed. 2008: 22(1): 3.

Greenfield B, Goldberg A, Wolf S, Curtis K. The ethical, social, legal implications associated with genetics: implications for physical therapy education. J Physical Therapy Ed. 2008: 22(1): 4-1

Greenfield B, Greene B, Johanson M. The use of qualitative techniques in orthopedics and sports physical therapy. Moving toward postpositivism. Phys Ther Sports. 2007: 8: 44-54.

Greenfield B. The role of emotions in ethical decision-making: implications for physical therapy education. J Phys Ther Ed. 2007: 21(1): 14-21.

Greenfield B. The meaning of caring in five, experienced physical therapists. Physiother Theory Pract. 2006: 22: 175-187.

Awards and Honors

12/2021 – 2022 Distinguished Educator in Physical Therapist Education Award
6/2019 Worthingham Fellow of the APTA
10/2018 Dean’s Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine
05/2018 Outstanding Educator, Faculty Appreciation Day, Emory University School of Medicine
01/2008 Stanford Award APTA Section on Education
12/2007 Stanford Award APTA Section on Education
01/1992 Co-Winner Breg Award, Sports Section American Physical Therapy Association
01/1976 Academic Historical Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta