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2018 Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting Faculty

Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD, OCS

Skulpan Asavasopon is an Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Medicine, where he is the Director of Translational Spine Research and Clinical Outcomes. He is also an Assistant Professor at LLU Department of Physical Therapy, where he teaches in the Entry and Post-Professional Physical Therapy Programs, as well as the PhD in Physical Therapy Program. He is also the Director of the Movement and Cognition Neuromechanics Laboratory at LLU, where he studies the neuromechanics of chronic pain, muscle synergies, and cognition, using fMRI and biomechanical analyses. He is the developer and director of the LLU Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. He is also a core faculty instructor for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and Spine Rehabilitation Fellowship. He is also the Director of Clinical and Fellowship Education at the Movement Performance Institute with Dr. Christopher Powers. He expands his research endeavors as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research Clinical Faculty at the University of Southern California (USC). He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Director of Musculoskeletal Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. George’s primary interest is research involving biopsychosocial models for the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders. His long term goals are to 1) improve accuracy for predicting who is going to develop chronic pain; and 2) identify non-pharmacological treatment options that limit the development of chronic pain conditions. Dr. George is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain often attending annual conferences and serving on committees.

Dr. George’s research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Brooks Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, University of Florida, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. George and his collaborators have authored over 190 peer-reviewed publications in leading physical therapy, rehabilitation, and pain research journals. He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Physical Therapy and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Pain. Dr. George is also a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health.

Dr. George has been recognized with prestigious research awards from several professional associations including the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society and International Association for the Study of Pain. In 2016 Dr. George was recognized by the Florida Physical Therapy Association with the Scholarly Impact on Practice Award. This award acknowledges dedicated scholarly activity that has made a meaningful difference to clinical practice by physical therapists in Florida. The American Physical Therapy Association recognized Dr. George as the 2016 Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific writing in recognition of his scientific contributions to Physical Therapy. Also, Dr. George was the and 21st John H.P. Maley Lecturer delivering Pain Management: Roadmap for Revolution a talk in which future pain management priorities for physical therapy education, research, and practice were identified.

Current Research Projects

  • Developing and testing the effectiveness of psychologically informed physical therapy interventions for patients with acute low back pain
  • Testing the efficacy of personalized approaches for pain management, including targeting treatment to pain related genetic and psychological factors that increase the risk of persistent post-operative shoulder pain
  • Investigating efficacy of manual therapy through their effect on pain sensitivity and pain modulation
  • Developing and validating review of systems and yellow flag assessment tools for predicting musculoskeletal pain outcomes and future health care utilization patterns
  • Developing and testing the effectiveness of integrated non-pharmacological care pathways for Veterans with low back pain

Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI

Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI, is an associate professor at the Program in Physical Therapy and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery within the Washington University School of Medicine. Her clinical expertise is musculoskeletal pain conditions, particularly of the lower extremity. Dr. Harris-Hayes completed her post-doctoral experience at Washington University as a scholar in the Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training program (CORRT), an NIH funded program to train clinical researchers in a multidisciplinary environment. Her current research, funded by NIH, NICHD-NCMRR, is focused on the investigation of rehabilitation factors in hip disorders including femoroacetabular impingement, acetabular labral tears and osteoarthritis. She has published numerous articles related to rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions. She is currently serving on the Orthopedic Section of APTA Task Force for Treatment Guidelines for the Hip, and is a member of the National Quality Forum Steering Committee related to Musculoskeletal Measures. Dr. Harris-Hayes received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, her clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University.

Phil McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University, a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and a PhD in Biomedical Science from Drexel University. Dr. McClure’s research has included laboratory and clinical studies related to scapular dysfunction and rotator cuff disorders. He has received grant support from both federal and private agencies. He has served as Chair for the Research Committee and Chair of the Shoulder Guideline group, Orthopedic Section, APTA. Phil received the National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, the Baethke-Carlin National Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from the APTA and was named an APTA Catherine Worthington Fellow.

Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Sluka is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa. She received a physical therapy degree from Georgia State University and a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. William D. Willis, she joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sluka’s research focuses on the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain as well as the mechanisms and effectiveness of non-pharmacological pain treatments commonly used by physical therapists. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and a textbook on Pain Mechanisms and Management for the Physical Therapist. She has received numerous awards including the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy and Catherine Worthingham Fellowship from the American Physical Therapy Association and the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society. She is actively involved in the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the American Physical Therapy Association serving on committees, task forces and society boards.

Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, is a Professor in Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School and Associate Director of Research in Physical Therapy. Dr. Van Dillen's research focuses on movement system-related factors contributing to musculoskeletal pain, with an emphasis on the study of spinal pain conditions. She serves as a scientific reviewer for private foundations and federal agencies, both national and international. She has been funded as a principal investigator by the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Missouri Physical Therapy Association and the National Institutes of Health. She has served as a consultant to the Barnes Jewish Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinical Outcomes Committee and to the Program for the Advancement of the UAW-Ford On-Site Rehabilitation Centers. She has been an active member of the Orthopaedic Section and the Section on Research serving on a variety of committees for both sections.

Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Stephen Wegener is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also a professor of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Wegener serves as the director of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins. His clinical activity is focused on providing psychological services to persons with chronic illness or traumatic injuries including chronic pain, amputation and traumatic injury.

A 1985 graduate in clinical psychology from St. Louis University, Dr. Wegener completed his residency in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia and served on the faculty there until he came to our department in 1995. He is a Fullbright Scholar serving as Visiting Academic at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He has served as President of Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association, is currently on the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. His research interests are related to pain, improving patient outcomes following injury and prevention of disability.

When he is not working, Dr. Wegener can be found in the garden tending the flowers or occasionally fishing and working with his dog.

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