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News and Achievements


Rachel Salazar (Class of 2012) was one of five PT students in the US who were awarded the American Physical Therapy Association Minority Scholarship award.

Sam Bell (Class of 2012) joined the Baltimore Ravens as a Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic trainer.

Noel Lozares (Class of 2008) joined the United States Women's Ski team as a Physical Therapist.

PT students volunteer to help communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Read article

Fiona McMahon (Class of 2015): Fulfilling Her Dream to Run the NYC Marathon Read article

Megan Carter (Class of 2013) is now Head Team Physical Therapist for the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football team. team medical staff website

Shannon Narasimhan (CUPT 2012) has joined superstar Katy Perry for her Prismatic World Tour as the physical therapist for Ms. Perry, her dancers and band. Read Article.


Dr. Cynthia Chiarello, PhD, PT presented a two-hour educational program at CSM 2014 for the Section on Women's Health and a poster with PT students and adjunct faculty. Read Article

Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD (CUPT, 93) received the 2014 Distinguished Educator Award from the Education Section at this year's American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections meeting. Read article

Dr. Susan E. Klepper won the Toby Long Award for the Best Manuscript Published in Pediatric Physical Therapy entitled "Reference Values on the 6-Minute Walk Test for Children Living in the United States".

Dr. Martha Sliwinski is faculty advisor for the Columbia Student Medical Outreach, a student-run free clinic serving the Washington Heights community.

Dr. Evan Johnson is featured in the Wall Street Journal in "How Bad Sitting Posture at Work Leads to Bad Standing Posture All the Time". Read article



Welcome to the web site of Columbia University's Doctoral Degree Program in Physical Therapy (DPT). The Program is one of the oldest yet exceptionally progressive programs to educate students wishing to enter the profession of physical therapy. As an integral part of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the program is guided by the principle that the acquisition of knowledge and skills is important in professional education, but far more vital is an understanding of the science, the art and the ethic within which both knowledge and skill are applied. The program is recognized for:

• Graduating highly qualified clinicians

• The breadth and depth of the full-time faculty's teaching and research expertise

• The cadre of adjunct faculty from the medical center and NYC environs who serve as role models and mentors in specialty areas of practice

• Its innovative curriculum

• The breadth and depth of its clinical affiliation network

You are invited to explore our website to learn more about our program, faculty and students and to understand why Columbia's Program in Physical Therapy has been shaping the profession for 71 years.