Dr. Kesar, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor, received the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This award recognizes physical therapists who have engaged in independent research efforts within 10 years of completing their doctoral degree or post-doctoral training, and whose research makes significant impact on the physical therapy profession. This national recognition is a testament to Dr. Kesar’s research accomplishments and prominence. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Kesar has demonstrated a focused and independent research trajectory elucidating biomechanical and neural correlates underlying treatments for rehabilitating post-stroke gait dysfunction. She has over 42 peer-reviewed publications on gait retraining, stroke gait biomechanics, non-invasive stimulation, and training-induced plasticity in lower limb muscles. Her work revealed advantages of novel functional electrical stimulation patterns and paradigms. Her NIH-funded K-award evaluated non-invasive methods to rigorously probe neuromotor control of lower extremity musculature using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), and combinatorial methods. Her ongoing NIH-funded R01 grant award investigates the time courses and neuromechanics processes underlying recovery of locomotor function in response to clinically-relevant gait treatments. A parallel research path evaluates real-time biofeedback and innovative gaming interfaces for stroke gait retraining. By understanding how, why, and for whom gait retraining is effective, her long-term research goal is to maximize locomotor recovery post-stroke. The division congratulates Dr. Kesar on this recognition!
Clay Watson (Class of 2000), is the Past President of the Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah. He has been instrumental in several significant Therapy initiatives related to home health over the past several years, starting with a state rule change that now allows Physical Therapist Assistants and COTA’s to treat Medicaid patients in the home.
Clay is part of the Utah Falls Prevention Alliance, which is a state sponsored program with industry leaders working to reduce falls in the state. Clay worked with Sally Aerts, PT, co-chair of the Alliance, on several grants using non-transport EMS falls data to intercept people before they have an injurious fall.
Part of the Falls Prevention Alliance effort led to current legislation funding a Home Health Order Hub. This will allow home health agencies to send orders to our statewide HIE into the workflow of Primary Care Providers. Getting physicians to sign orders is notoriously difficult and they hope to streamline the process by placing orders into the PCP’s workflow. The project is gaining national attention and may finally be the solution to improving convenience and response time for order returns- something that has become even more critical with the PDGM changes.
In recognition of his efforts, Clay was recently awarded the Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award by the Home Health Section of the APTA at CSM 2020.
We congratulate Clay on this award!
Clay is the owner of Western Summit Rehabilitation LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lives there with his wife and four children. Clay an avid rock climber who loves to do first ascents!
DPT faculty Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT have been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Physical Therapy. A Distinguished Fellow in Policy within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges her outstanding achievements and her collaborative efforts in the interprofessional community to influence and promote national health policy. Dr. Bishop will join NAP in On March 2020 in San Diego, CA for the Annual Meeting & Forum and the formal induction ceremony. This year’s forum title is “Innovations in Interprofessional Collaboration: Scholarship, Practice and Advocacy.” The sessions will focus on the themes of advocacy for interprofessional collaboration, interprofessional practice models for population health, and person-centered quality healthcare.
Congratulations Dr. Bishop!
Several DPT faculty were recognized by the Emory School of Medicine at a recent event held by the school. The awards are a testimony to Emory Physical Therapy faculty’s commitment to teaching, service and research. Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT and Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD were recognized for their promotions to Associate Professor. Bruce Greenfield, PT, MA, PhD, FNAP, FAPTA was recognized for being selected as the Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), is the association’s highest membership category, serves as inspiration for all physical therapists to attain professional excellence. The award honors physical therapists who have demonstrated unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession for more than 15 years, prior to the time of nomination. Joe Nocera, PhD was recognized for the Emory 1% award. The Emory 1% Awards honors and recognizes faculty who have received study section scores in the top 1 percentile on a grant proposal. And, Steve Wolf PT, PhD, FAPTA was recognized for achieving the Milli Pub status in May. This means that the paper by Dr. Wolf has been cited in at least 1000 refereed publications. The awards were presented by the SOM Dean Vikas P. Sukhatme MD, ScD on 10/29/2019.
Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from across the country were recognized for their fundraising efforts at the 2019 NEXT Conference. Students from more than 150 schools joined forces this school year to raise $266,019 for physical therapy research. Funds raised through the annual Pitt-Marquette Challenge go towards physical therapy research grants and scholarships and support the rigorous scientific review process that helps the Foundation identify the most promising new investigators. Since 2002, 27 research grants and scholarships have been awarded in the name of the Challenge.
The top 3 fundraising schools for the 2018-2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge were Virginia Commonwealth University ($34,327), the University of Pittsburgh ($22,648), and the University of Delaware ($18,323).
Awards of Excellence were presented to New York University, Sacred Heart University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Miami for raising more than $10,000 each.
Awards of Merit were presented to Boston University, Emory University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and the University of Colorado who raised more than $6,000 each.
The annual Pitt- Marquette Challenge is a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.
We are happy to announce that Dr. Bruce Greenfield has been selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA)! FAPTA is APTA’s highest membership category to recognize members who have demonstrated sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession. Dr. Greenfield’s nomination included supportive documentation from many nationally and internationally recognized leaders in our profession who spoke to his prominent leadership, influence and achievements within the physical therapy profession.
Dr. Greenfield joins Division of Physical Therapy faculty members Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA and Edee Field-Fote PT, PhD, FAPTA as our prestigious colleagues who have attained the FAPTA level of recognition. Congratulations Dr. Greenfield!