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From the director

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to Emory Physical Therapy.

We are excited to start this new academic year with our newly matriculated class of 2017 represented by 70 students from 25 states and China, 46 universities and 23 majors.

In early May, we graduated the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2014. Dr. Rebecca Craik, professor and chair of Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and editor in chief of the Journal of Physical Therapy, gave the commencement address. Among the graduates were one DPT/MBA and one DPT/MPH student – a testament to our strong dual-degree programs.

Besides these two very successful dual-degree programs, we have now launched two additional dual-degree programs. The DPT/PhD with the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology and DPT/MA in Bioethics with the Emory Center of Ethics and Laney Graduate School. These programs are indicative of the strong collaborations we enjoy not only within Emory but also with other prestigious institutions in metro Atlanta.

We are pleased to announce that we graduated our first resident in the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program and have expanded our Emory Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. We are committed to expanding and adding other residency programs in the near future in keeping with the need for more specialized training in the physical therapy profession.

The spirit of innovation drives the faculty, and Dr. Steve Wolf, who just completed 40 years of service at Emory University, leads the charge by challenging us to integrate training in the fields of genomics, bioengineering, regenerative rehabilitation and telehealth into our curriculum. We congratulate Dr. Wolf for his dedicated and inspired service to our institution.

Our faculty makes it possible to fulfill our educational, clinical and scholarly endeavors and to bolster these efforts; we are excited to welcome Dr. Michael Borich to our fold.

Dr. Borich will lead the Neural Plasticity Research Laboratory in addition to teaching the Principles of Motor Learning course in our curriculum. I hope you enjoy this issue of Emory Physical Therapy and my thanks to all who support the Division of Physical Therapy in so many ways.

Best Wishes,

Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor and Director

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