Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA wins the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Allied Health Professional Health Care Hero Award!

Zoher Kapasi

Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA wins the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Allied Health Professional Health Care Hero Award! This award honors leaders in health care who are influential in the metro Atlanta area. Dr. Kapasi was nominated for this award by Jonathan S. Lewin, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs; Executive Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center; President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare. Read more.

Lena Ting

Dr. Lena Ting’s research on Flamingos published in Biology Letters gains media attention

Lena TingDr. Lena Ting’s research on Flamingos and the implications of their one-legged stance on balance published in Biology Letters has garnered considerable media attention! NPR  The Atlantic

Dr. Edee Field-Fote invited to National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Shot for Physical Therapy Magazine, Carol PintoThe Division is happy to share that Dr. Edee Field-Fote has been invited by the Director of NIH to serve as a member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development beginning July 1, 2017. In this capacity she will have the opportunity to shape the Division’s research agenda in rehabilitation. We congratulate Dr. Field-Fote on this honor.

Bruce Greenfield

Dr. Bruce Greenfield shares his expertise in Ethics and Professionalism

Bruce GreenfieldDr. Bruce Greenfield shares his expertise in Ethics and Professionalism in an interview with the San Diego Tribune as they explore the appropriateness of a hospital giving money to the San Diego Padres to be listed as the official healthcare provider for the team.

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Blurring Lines Between Arts and Sciences, Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation Spring Issue 2017

By Sarah R. Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Editor-in-Chief

As a child I was soft-spoken and shy.  Although my grades were good, I was far from the star of the class, and frequently blended in with the general mass of my small rural high school. My high school biology professor, Mr. Burke, seemed to recognize my struggles and sought to pull me out of my shell. “Speak up, Squeaky!” he would say as I stuttered over an explanation of photosynthesis.  While in most other cases one may find a weird nickname disparaging, my classmates knew to be called something other than your given name was a high compliment in Mr. Burke’s class. Nearly better than an A, this recognition was the sign of respect by our high school’s best teacher. When he gave you a nickname, you knew you were special.  My enthusiasm for biology was only surpassed by my passion for photography, and I vividly remember the day Mr. Burke showed me his camera collection. As faculty leader for our yearbook, he was in charge of all photography and had the most amazing cameras I had ever seen! He had German Leica SLRs, mid-range and large format cameras—classics in a time that stands in stark contrast to photography in the age of smartphones and digital images.

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Interprofessional Simulation Conference 2017

Interprofessional Simulation Conference: Simulation as a Tool to Promote Interprofessional Education and Practice

November 14 – 15, 2017
Emory Conference Center and Hotel
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

The Interprofessional Simulation Conference will bring together interdisciplinary, health science educators and clinicians to promote and determine best practice, assessment measures, and techniques when using simulation as an education tool for health and medical professions students and healthcare clinicians.

Upon completion of the conference, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamentals of simulation for use in the classroom and at the bedside.
  • Practice hands-on interprofessional team training.
  • Demonstrate optimal interprofessional team, family, and patient-centered communication.
  • Understand and implement the process for using interprofessional simulation to determine competency.
  • Develop a facilitative process to perform an interprofessional team debrief.
  • Identify and develop research concepts to demonstrate translation of simulation into practice.

More information and registration here and on Facebook.
Download flyer here.

Kudos to DPT student Emma Goldberg!

Emma Goldberg received the Frank S. Blanton, Jr., MD Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award at a special dinner hosted by Maggie Edson, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of the play Wit. This $1,000 scholarship goes to a graduate student with a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge in the humanities, a deep desire to foster awareness of humanities in health professions and a gentle kindness and compassion in relating with others. The dinner was attended by Jenny Foster, professor in Emory School of Nursing, Sarah Blanton, Associate Professor, Emory Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Pam Chitkwa, PT clinical instructor at Grady Hospital and Emory alumni (class ’92), Stephanie Larson, Emory doctoral student in English and 2016 winner of Blanton scholarship, and Linda Merrill, faculty in Emory Art History dept.


Dr. Zoher Kapasi

Dr. Zoher Kapasi receives 2016-2017 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Zoher Kapasi

The Division of Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that Dr. Zoher Kapasi was selected to receive the 2016-2017 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award by David S. Stephens, MD, Interim Dean, Emory University School of Medicine.

The Emory Williams Awards were originally established by Mr. Emory Williams, a former emeritus trustee and graduate of Emory college in 1972. These awards honor faculty members who: a) foster participation, inquiry and creative expression in the classroom, b) serve as a model for teaching and scholarship, and c) serve as a mentor to students. As a recipient of the award, Dr. Kapasi will be listed in the 2017 Commencement Program.

The Division congratulates Dr. Kapasi on this well-deserved prestigious award!

Michael Robinson

Kudos to PT alumnus Michael Robinson on his faculty appointment at Howard!

Michael RobinsonIt is with immense pleasure that we share our alumnus Michael Robinson’s success story. Michael graduated from the DPT program at Emory University in 2013. Michael has recently joined Howard University as a faculty member. We are especially pleased to learn that his classroom experience here at Emory  motivated him to become part of the faculty at Howard. As a practitioner, Michael’s goal is to enhance student learning by bringing his clinic experience into the classroom.

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Student-Led Service Learning Emphasized During Two Community Events

The Emory University Division of Physical Therapy Purposeful Learning and Activities for Youth (PLAY) Committee is a student-led organization that designs and implements purposeful activities, family-centered events, and education in the Greater Atlanta area with the purpose of promoting health and wellness for children with special needs and their families.

This fall, in partnership with Easter Seals of North Georgia and GiGi’s Playhouse, the PLAY committee executed the 2016 Trick or Treat Trot and the 4th Annual Fall Fit Fest, respectively.

In October, the PLAY committee provided its expertise in intentional play at the established Trick or Treat Trot. We were invited to participate in the 6th annual race to provide activities for children with special needs and their families. The 4th Annual Fall Fit Fest was held in November at Chastain Horse Park. During this event, children with Down Syndrome and their families enjoyed interacting with horses, climbing through an obstacle course, practicing yoga poses, and designing crafts with healthy foods.

Due to the volunteer support of 75 Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy students, the events successfully reached more than 125 children and their families. Volunteers helped emphasize parent education at each station, allowing the families to learn more about the principles of gross and fine motor skills and how to incorporate them at home and in the community. The parents and children left the event feeling inspired and prepared to integrate these events into their daily lives.

Student-led service learning provides student volunteers with the opportunity to consider their role in the community and build confidence for their future practices through development of clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. The events planned with both community partners, GiGi’s Playhouse and Easter Seals of North Georgia, provide Emory DPT students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of pediatric communities enriching their engagement in related academic courses.

Below are a few of the photos from these events.