Zoher Kapasi

Zoher F Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA

Professor Emeritus, Rehabilitation Medicine


Zoher Kapasi, PhD, PT, MBA is the Director and Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Physical Therapy from University of Bombay, India, PhD in Anatomy/Immunobiology from Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia and Executive MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta. He did post-doctoral work in Immunology at Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland and Medical College of Virginia. His research focuses on age-related changes in immune function and the effects of exercise and nutrition on the immune system. Additionally, Dr. Kapasi is researching determinants of referrals for physical therapy in a private practice setting (marketing studies). Dr. Kapasi teaches human anatomy, advanced human anatomy and business management for the physical therapist in the physical therapy program. Dr. Kapasi is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation and he integrates the humanities in his anatomy curriculum by including a service of gratitude at the end of the cadaveric dissection of the human anatomy course.  Dr. Kapasi is the recipient of Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Teaching Award in the School of Medicine at Emory.


2006 M.B.A., Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, GA, USA
1991 Ph.D. Anatomy / Immunobiology, Richmond, VA, USA
1986 M.S. Physical Therapy, Mumbai, , India
1983 B.Sc. Physical Therapy, Mumbai, , India

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications


  1. Kosco, M.H., G.F. Burton, Z.F. Kapasi, A.K. Szakal and J.G. Tew. 1989. Antibody-forming cell induction during an early phase of germinal centre development and its delay with ageing. Immunology, 68:312-318.
  2. Z.F. Kapasi, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. Germinal Center development and Secondary antibody response in  Bone marrow and thymus reconstituted old mice. Aging: Immunology and Infectious Disease, Vol 4. No. 2, 77-93.
  3. Z.F. Kapasi, G.F. Burton, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal. 1993. Induction of functional Follicular dendritic cell development in severe combined immunodeficient mice (SCID) mice: the influence of B and T cells. Journal of Immunology, 150, 2648-2658.
  4. Z.F. Kapasi, D. Qin, W.G. Kerr, M.H. Kosco-Vilbois, L.D. Shultz, J.G. Tew and A.K. Szakal.  1998. Follicular Dendritic Cell (FDC) Precursors in Primary Lymphoid Tissues.  Journal of Immunology, 160:1078-1084.
  5. Z.F. Kapasi, P. Catlin, D. Joyner, M. Lewis, A. Schwartz and E. Townsend. 2000.  Effects of Intense Exercise on Secondary Antibody Response in Young and Aged Mice. Physical Therapy, 80:1076-1086.
  6. Z.F. Kapasi, P. Catlin, J. Beck, T. Kelley and K. Smith. 2001.  The Role of Endogenous Opioids in Exercise-Induced Modulation of Secondary Antibody Response. Physical Therapy, 81:1801-1809.
  7. Z.F. Kapasi, K. Murali-Krishna M.L. McRae and R. Ahmed.  2002.  Defective Generation but Normal Maintenance of Memory T Cells in Old Mice.  European Journal of Immunology, 32:1567-1573.
  8. Z.F. Kapasi, J.G. Ouslander, J.F. Schnelle, M. Kutner and J.L. Fahey. 2003. Effects of an Exercise Intervention on Immunologic Parameters in Frail Elderly Nursing Home Residents.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 58A (7):636-643.
  9. Z.F. Kapasi, P.Catlin, M. Adams, E. Glass, B. McDonald and A. Nancarrow. 2003.  The Effects of Moderate Physical Exercise Training on Humoral Immunity in Young Mice.  Physical Therapy, 83:638-647.
  10. Z.F. Kapasi, M.L. McRae and R. Ahmed.  2005. Suppression of Viral Specific Primary T Cell Response following Intense Physical Exercise in Young but not Old Mice.  Journal of Applied Physiology, 98:663-671.
  11. J.H. Chatraw,* E.J. Wherry, R. Ahmed and Z.F. Kapasi. 2008. Diminished Primary CD8 T Cell Response to Viral Infection during Protein Calorie Malnutrition is Due to Changes in Microenvironment and Low Numbers of Viral-Specific CD8 T Cell Precursors. Journal of Nutrition, 138(4):806-12.
  12. S.S. Iyer, J.H. Chatraw,* W.G. Tan, E.J. Wherry, T.C. Becker, R. Ahmed, Z.F. Kapasi. 2012. Protein Energy Malnutrition Impairs Homeostatic Proliferation of Memory CD8 T cells. Journal of Immunology, Jan 1;188(1):77-84. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
  13. Z.F. Kapasi, S.D. Pullen, B. Greene, S.J. Herdman and M.J. Johanson.  2016. The Role of Dual Degrees in the Physical Therapist Education Program at Emory University.  Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Jan; 30 (1):31-39.
  14. Z.F. Kapasi.  2016.  Disabled Souls (a poem).  Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation Published online 20 June 2016 at journalofhumanitiesinrehabilitation.org
  15. Z.F. Kapasi and B.P. Davis. 2017. Looking Outside Health Care to Teach Innovation in Physical Therapy Business Practice: Use of Harvard Business School Cases at Emory University. Journal of Physical Therapy Education (In Press).
  16. D. Wise, J. Dominguez, Z. Kapasi, S. Brooks, V. Moerchen, L. Ross and B. Williams-York. 2017. Defining Underrepresented Minorities and Promoting Holistic Review Admission Strategies in Physical Therapist Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education (In Press).

* Trainee (PhD student) is the first author or co-first author.


1987Jay Surgical Award for the Best Junior Paper presented at the Silver Jubilee Conference of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists, Pune, India
1989Honorable Mention for presentation of research paper during the Medical Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Science Meeting, Richmond, Virginia
1990Second prize for presentation of research paper during the Medical Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Science Meeting, Fairfax, Virginia
1990Certificate of Appreciation for presentation of research poster at the Seventh Annual Daniel T. Watts Graduate Symposium Day, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond Virginia
1990-91The H.L. Osterud Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Anatomy, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond Virginia
1990-91The Jack D. Burke Award for Excellence in Cell Biology, Department of Anatomy, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond Virginia
1991Honorable Mention-John C. Forbes Graduate Student Honors Day Award, for Proposed Research, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond Virginia
1987-91Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond Virginia
2000Award for Best Poster Presentation by Cardiopulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
2003IAP Oration Award: Prestigious Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Physiotherapy by the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP), 41st Annual Conference of the IAP, Mumbai, India
2006Beta Gamma Sigma, National Scholastic Honor in Business Administration
2014Emory University School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award
2017Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award