Emory University | Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Bookmark and Share

Message from the Director


On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I welcome you to Emory Physical Therapy. We are off to a great start with our class of 2019, which includes 75 students from 24 states coming to us from 57 universities and 20 undergraduate majors.

In March, we received news that our program 
is now ranked No. 5 in the country (moving up from No. 7), 
according to U.S. News and World Report. This high ranking 
is a testament to the stellar work of our faculty, staff, students, and alums who represent the program so well locally, nationally, and internationally.

In early May, we graduated the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016, which included two DPT/MBA students and one DPT/MPH student. Dr. Gail Jensen of Creighton University gave the commencement address. Jensen’s inspirational talk focused on our graduates’ strong professional identities, solid educational foundation, and impressive evolution into caring, mindful leaders.

My colleagues and I continue to be grateful for the tangible and intangible gifts of this amazing field of work, study, and research. In this magazine, you’ll read about Sara Pullen’s work to bring much-needed physical therapy clinical care and chronic pain research to patients living with HIV. We also feature Whitney Gray 15DPT, who recently completed the prestigious NIH StrokeNet fellowship—the first DPT without an additional advanced degree to do so.

We also recognize the tangible gifts that keep our program running and growing. Philanthropists like alum Brian Tovin, former clinical instructor and alum Norma Fraser, and our own colleague Steve Wolf ensure a strong future for our program and for the profession of physical therapy as a whole.

Last, we recently had the pleasure of hosting the Fifth Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation. We love learning from colleagues while showcasing the growing and important impact our own faculty are making in this field.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Emory Physical Therapy. 
My sincere 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