Zoher Kapasi Elected to Serve on the Board of Directors of ACAPT


Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Physical Therapy, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). A component of the American Physical Therapy Association, ACAPT is charged with the advancement of academic physical therapy, including didactic education, clinical education and post-professional residencies, fellowships and degrees. Dr. Kapasi’s election to this position signifies a national recognition of his leadership skills and dedication to our profession. Congratulations Dr. Kapasi!

Emory DPT Receives Awards at APTA Foundation Gala

Emory University DPT Students attended the NEXT Conference and the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Gala event held in Charlotte, NC. The Honorable Mention and the Philanthropy Circle/Challenge Society awards for the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge were presented to our students pictured above at the Gala. The Philanthropy Circle/Challenge Society level award acknowledges Emory’s cumulative fundraising total of above $100,000. Congratulations to the DPT students for their hard work and diligence!


Pictured L-R: Barbara Connolly, EdD, DPT, Med, BS, FAPTA with 2nd Year Students: Emma Goldberg and Vanessa Doyley


Pictured L-R: 2nd Year Students: Vanessa Doyley, Joshua Brown, Emma Goldberg with: William Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, DPTl, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, Chair of Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy

DPT Faculty Member, Dr. Sara Pullen, quoted in Emory School of Medicine Alumni Newsletter

The Emory School Of Medicine Alumni Newsletter, Making Rounds, Fall 2014 featured an article on Service Learning efforts with the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project.

Dr. Pullen, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory Division of Physical Therapy, is quoted nicely in, “In the Field with the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project”. This article speaks to the importance of physical therapy in the project and as a whole in an IPE context. Additionally, it gives great visibility to the DPT Program within the School Of Medicine. Read the entire article here.

Fifth Annual White Coat Ceremony Held for DPT Class of 2017


The Annual DPT White Coat Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the sanctuary at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus. The ceremony marks the students’ transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences and also initiates them in physical therapy ethics.

Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Associate Professor and Director, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Dr. David T. Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Edelle Field-Fote, Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research–Hulse Lab at the Shepherd Center. Following the Keynote Address was the presentation of the White Coats to the Division of Physical Therapy Class of 2017. Once again this year’s ceremony was marked by the participation of significant others bestowing the students with their White Coats. Students and guests agreed that family and friends participation added a deeper level of delight, excitement and ownership to the ceremony. The officers from the DPT Class of 2016 were also present for the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Zoher Kapasi led the students in a recitation of the APTA “Code of Ethics.” A reception followed the ceremony in the atrium of the Math and Science Building.

Service of Gratitude – Held on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Canon Chapel


After successful completion of their Anatomy course, the first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, held a Service of Gratitude to honor the gift of cadavers they received to pursue their studies in anatomy. This non-denominational service was held at Emory’s Canon Chapel. Attending the service were the DPT Program faculty and students as well as friends and families of the students.

The students gave speeches, sang songs as well as performed instrumentals and gave tribute to people who decided to donate their bodies to research as an offering of their gratitude. On behalf of the faculty, Dr. Zoher Kapasi, course director for Anatomy and Director of the DPT Program, spoke at the service. Reverend Lisa Garvin, Associate Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, led the service. In addition to giving opening remarks, following a lighting of candles, Reverend Garvin concluded with closing reflections.

The Service of Gratitude is held every year at the end of the Anatomy course and is organized by the students. The service reinforces the values of caring and giving within our DPT students as they proceed in their training to become Doctors of Physical Therapy.

Bruce Greenfield appointed to APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee


The APTA Board of Directors has appointed Bruce Greenfield to serve on its Ethics and Judicial Committee for the period of 07/01/2014- 06/30/2019. Dr. Greenfield is an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and has an extensive ethics background. He has a faculty affiliation with the Center for Ethics at Emory and also serves on the Emory Hospital Ethics Committee.

The purpose of the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, as outlined in the APTA Bylaws, Article I.X.B is to:

  • Interpret the ethical principles and standards of the Association.
  • Propose revisions of the ethical principles and standards of the Association and the Disciplinary Action Procedural Document of the Association.
  • Make revisions, as necessary, to the documents that interpret the ethical principles and standards of the Association and disseminate these documents for the management of judicial affairs.
  • Promote activities for the dissemination of information on ethics.
  • Process reported violations of ethical principles and standards in accordance with approved procedures.
  • Make final decisions in disciplinary proceedings against a member, subject only to appeal to the Board of Directors by the member.
  • Carry out other duties as may be requested by the Board of Director.