Celebrating Dr. Kimberly Topp

Please join us in celebrating Kimberly Topp, PT, PhD, FAAA, as she announces her plans to retire as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science this summer.

Dr. Topp started her UCSF career as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1990, joined the faculties of Anatomy and Physical Therapy in 1993, and rose to Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in 2007. Her dedication to teaching and mentoring has helped shape the careers and contributions of 25 years of PT students and faculty. During her tenure as Chair, she oversaw the development of the entry-level DPT program and the re-accreditation of the DPT program, spearheaded the creation of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. Dr. Topp led the innovation of the Anatomy curricula in the DPT program and the medical school, helped to design the Anatomy Learning Center (ALC), and created the interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Center (CSC) at the Parnassus campus. Under her leadership, the core faculty has grown to 20 members, and the PT Faculty Practices have grown to support over 35 clinicians, and expanded to include locations at Mission Bay, Mt Zion, and Lakeshore. In addition, the UCSF community continues to benefit from her contributions as a champion for interprofessional education, diversity, and inclusion.

Both nationally and internationally, Dr. Topp is recognized for her contributions to research and education, including a term as President of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and founding member on the Benchmarks for Excellence Task Force of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. Many of us will always remember Kim’s ability to make us laugh in lecture, and her generosity in hosting us annually at her home to celebrate surviving our first summer of PT school.

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Topp and her contributions to excellence in education, scholarship, and humanity at UCSF.
-- Lowen Cattolico