Faculty

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Overview

The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program includes a diverse cadre of faculty that span a range of scientific disciplines, including: anatomy, neurology, neurological surgery, pediatrics, kinesiology, epidemiology and biostatistics, radiology and biomedical imaging, chronic pain, orthopaedic surgery, physiological nursing, and anesthesia and perioperative care.

The PhD program is governed by a Steering Committee and works in cooperation with a number of other committees to run the program. The Steering Committee includes the following faculty:


 

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Faculty

Faculty Name Title Department Research Emphasis
Sibel Deviren, MD Associate
Professor 
Orthopaedic Surgery Chronic low back pain;
Degenerative disc disease
Brian Feeley, MD Assistant
Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery Knee and shoulder orthopedic
injuries and surgical procedures
Kate Hamel, PhD Assistant
Professor
Kinesiology, SFSU Biomechanics and falls
in the elderly
Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS Associate
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science
Osteoporosis;
Kyphosis
Galateia Kazakia, PhD Assistant
Professor
Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Biomechanics of
bone failure to load
Thomas Lang, PhD Professor Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Biomechanics of bone and
muscle adaptations to stimuli
Xiaojuan Li, PhD Associate
Professor
Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Lower extremity biomechanics
in post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Thomas Link, MD, PhD Professor Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Imaging of osteoporosis
and osteoarthritis
Anthony Luke, MD, MPH Professor Orthopaedic Surgery Running overuse injuries
and osteoarthritis
Benjamin Ma, MD Associate
Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopedic post-surgical
biomechanics
Sharmila Majumdar, PhD Professor Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Osteoporosis;
Osteoarthritis
Richard Souza, PT, PhD Associate
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science /
Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Biomechanics;
Osteoarthritis
Linda Wanek, PT, PhD Professor Physical Therapy, SFSU Musculoskeletal rehabilitation

 

Clinically Informed Neuroscience Faculty

Faculty Name Title Department Research Emphasis
Gary Abrams, MD Professor Neurology Neurorehabilitation;
Stroke
Diane Allen, PT, PhD Professor Physical Therapy,
SFSU
Multiple Sclerosis
Allan Basbaum, PhD Professor
& Chair
Anatomy Neurological basis
of pain and its control
Michael Beattie, PhD Professor Neurological
Surgery
Spinal cord injury
Jacqueline Bresnahan, PhD Professor Neurological
Surgery
Spinal cord injury
Nancy Byl, PT, MPH, PhD Professor
Emeritus
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science
Focal dystonia;
Parkinson's Disease;
Stroke
Adam Ferguson, PhD Assistant
Professor
Neurological
Surgery
Informatics and
spinal cord injury
Donna Ferriero, MD Professor Pediatrics Neonatal hypoxia
and ischemia
Karunesh Ganguly, PhD Assistant
Professor
Neurology Neurorehabilitation and
machine-brain interface
Jon Levine, MD, PhD Professor Oral &
Maxillofacial Surgery
Signaling in pain sensory
neurons;
Neural-endocrine
control of inflammation
Jialing Liu, PhD Professor Neurological
Surgery
Stroke
Mervyn Maze, MB ChB Professor
& Chair
Anesthesia &
Perioperative Care
Anesthesia and
brain function
Patrick McQuillen, MD Associate
Professor
Pediatrics/
Critical Care
Disorders of
brain development
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD Professor Physiological
Nursing
Pain and symtomatology
in oncology
Srikantan Nagarajan, PhD Associate
Professor
Radiology &
Biomedical Imaging
Functional brain imaging;
Brain plasticity, learning,
sensorimotor control
Sandra Radtka, PT, PhD Professor Physical Therapy,
SFSU
Pediatric
neurorehabilitation
Susanna Rosi, PhD Associate
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science /
Neurological Surgery
Neuroinflammation; 
The aged brain;
Traumatic brain injury
Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD Professor Anesthesia &
Perioperative Care
Treatment of chronic pain
Raymond Swanson, MD Professor Neurology Neuronal death pathways
in Parkinson's disease
Kimberly Topp, PT, PhD, FAAA Professor
& Chair
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science /
Anatomy
Chemotherapy
induced neuropathy
Zena Vexler, PhD Professor Neurology Neonatal stroke
Midori Yenari, MD Professor Neurology Stroke
 

Other Contributing Faculty

Faculty Name Title Department Research Emphasis
Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD Professor
& Chair
Epidemiology &
Biostatistics
Oncology and disease prevention
Amber Fitzsimmons, PT, MS, DPTSc Assistant
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science /
Anatomy
Interprofessional education
Jeannette Lee, PT, PhD, CLT, CSCS Assistant
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science
Rehabilitation in oncology
Philip Sabe, PhD Professor

Physiology

Sensorimotor Integration and Learning
Betty Smoot, PT, DPTSc, MAS Associate
Professor
Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation Science /
Anatomy
Breast cancer related lymphedema