Ainsely Rossi, PT, DPT, OCS

Congratulations to Dr. Ainsley Rossi & DPT Students who earned 1st Place in the Georgia Publix Marathon’s Hydration Station and Food Station Challenge

The DPT Program is happy to announce that we earned FIRST PLACE in the hydration station challenge and the food station challenge for the Georgia Publix Marathon Race that was held several weekends ago! For our student’s enormously loud & extremely enthusiastic efforts on a very early Sunday morning, we have earned a $1,500 donation to the Good Samaritan Clinic in Atlanta.

Thank you to our students and Dr. Rossi, in particular, for leading the effort for us and organizing our students and their work each year.

Thank you all for your help and Congratulations for this stupendous effort!

“DPT Program Receives Funding Grant to offer a University Course Disability, Resilience & the Mortal Self” in Spring of 2017

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence has funded a $2,000 grant to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to offer a University Course entitled “Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self” in Spring of 2017. The principal faculty members involved in submitting the proposal are Drs. Sarah Blanton, Bruce Greenfield, Zoher Kapasi and Aaron Stutz (at Oxford College). Dr. Greenfield took the lead in this submission and builds on the Coalition of Liberal Arts (CoLA) Spring of 2016 course in which a number of faculty showcased their labs earlier this year. We enjoyed wonderful participation from Emory and Oxford College students and also attracted very prominent faculty on our campus as guest speakers in this course. We believe the success of this course has led to additional funding to offer “Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self” Spring of 2017 as a university course next year.

Please join us in congratulating the faculty members in submitting a compelling course proposal that has successfully garnered this funding.

1st Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholarship Award Presented

The DPT Program is excited to announce the recipient of the first Annual Frank S. Blanton, Jr. MD Scholarship Award. The 2016 Award was presented to Stephanie Larson, who is a doctoral student in the Emory English Department and the first graduate Managing Editor of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR). The very first Blanton Award Banquet was hosted in the home of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Wit, Margaret Edson. Attendees of the banquet included Sarah Blanton, DPT, NCS, faculty member and daughter of the late Dr. Frank S. Blanton, Jr., Jamie Larson, the recipient’s mother, Emma Goldberg, DPT/MPH student, Laura Otis, PhD, Professor, Emory English Department and McArthur Fellow, and Linda Merrill, PhD, Emory Art History Department. Created by his family, this scholarship honors the life and impact of Dr. Blanton by supporting an annual position for a graduate assistant to serve on the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.

Congratulations to Stephanie Larson as the first recipient of this wonderful award!

For more information about this award, please visit the sponsorship page.

Those interested in sponsoring the scholarship (giving yearly a set amount) or a one-time donation, please go to Emory Online Giving.


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Class of 2019

The faculty, staff and students, welcomes the Division Physical Therapy Class of 2019. We are excited to start this new academic year with our newly matriculated class of 2019 represented by 75 students from 24 states, 57 Universities and 20 majors. This diverse class is made up of 31% males. Need to update items highlighted from last year’s numbers.class2019

Emory University PT Students Recognized by Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy recognized Emory University’s PT Program with the Award of Merit for the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. This Award of Merit is given to schools that show immense dedication to the Challenge by raising $6,000 or more. The Emory DPT raised a total of $7,825.17. Our students were recognized for their fundraising efforts through the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge at APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition in Nashville, TN on June 9th.

The Challenge is the largest annual student-driven fundraising effort for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The money raised by PT and PTA students helps fund scholarships and grants that advance patient care. Additionally the Challenge also supports the rigorous scientific review process for all Foundation grants and scholarships. Since its inception in 1989, 264 schools have participated in raising over $3.3 million for physical therapy research.



Pictured L-R, Molly Tarter, Foundation Board of Trustees President, Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA, Leah Hinson

Emory DPT Ranked 5th in the US by US News and World Report

We are happy to announce that the Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was ranked 5th in the 2016 US News and World Report rankings of physical therapy programs. The Emory DPT Program moved up from 7th place (in 2012) to 5th place in the current rankings out of over 200 programs in the country!

Using a scale of 1-5, with 1 being a marginal program and 5 being an outstanding program, our score increased from 3.8 in 2012 to 4.1 in 2016. Four programs with a score of 4.3 tied for the first place with our program coming in right after them at 4.1

Click HERE for the list of rankings.

This recognition is largely contributed to the growth in our dual degree programs, residency programs, service learning opportunities, innovative courses within our curriculum, research and scholarly endeavors of our faculty and the ongoing integration with our clinical partners within Emory Healthcare!

Above all, this recognition is clearly a testament to the dedicated work, striving for excellence and engagement of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Emory’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the physical therapy profession.

Congratulations to us all for the outstanding work and recognition!

Dr. Zoher Kapasi, will serve in a dual role as Director for the Division of Physical Therapy and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. David Burke, Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Zoher Kapasi has accepted the position of Vice Chair of Education for the Department. In this new role, Dr. Kapasi will serve to organize the structure and coordination of educational programs from undergraduate through graduate medical education. He will also work to enhance the Department’s educational mission and profile, and will serve as a liaison between the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kapasi has been a longstanding member of our Department and has served as Director of the Division of Physical Therapy since 2011. In that role he has overseen the expansion of the School of Physical Therapy and has made significant progress in upgrading the research profile of the Division. His leadership and the outcomes that have resulted have been stellar.

It is anticipated that Dr. Kapasi, in this new role, will effectively catalyze the educational commitment and capacity within the Department, and as an emissary between our Department and the other teaching programs in the School of Medicine.

Congratulations to Dr. Kapasi as he begins working in this new role.

Welcome Back Party for All DPT Students

The faculty and staff held a “Welcome Back” party on Friday, January 16th, at the Emory Conference Center for DPT students as they returned to campus for the Spring semester. The first-year students returned from Holiday Break, the second-year students returned from their last part-time affiliation, and the third-year students returned from their last full-time affiliations.

Six students were recognized for nominations and involvement in APTA and PTAG: Nate Thomas for his nomination for the APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship; Kate Hamilton, Meg Jacobs, and Nate Thomas for their involvement on the Board of Directors for the APTA Student Assembly (Kate – President, Meg – Director, and Nate – Student PT Delegate); Katie Pitillo and Lindsay Rambo – for their involvement in the PTAG Student Special Interest Group; and Julie Granger – for her selection into Whos Who Among Students of Colleges and Universities.

We are proud of these and all of the Emory DPT students and are happy to welcome them back to campus for the semester.


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Dr. Lena Ting Elected A Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

Dr. Lena Ting in our Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering Department, has just been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). This is a prodigious honor and speaks volumes about Dr. Ting’s international recognition as a leader in Neural Engineering. Dr. Ting will be inducted to the AIMBE College of Fellows at the Annual Fellows Meeting in the spring. Congratulations Dr. Ting!