UCSF Heritage Circle Celebrates Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

Heritage CircleOn October 27, 2023, the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences took center stage at the biannual UCSF Heritage Circle luncheon. Hosted by Chancellor Sam Hawgood at the Above the Rim Room at the Chase Center, the event celebrated the department's commitment to advancing the field of physical therapy and patient care.

The Heritage Circle recognizes and honors individuals who have generously included UCSF in their estate plans or established planned gifts. This year, approximately 90 donors, including alumni, faculty, and patients, gathered to learn about the DPTRS latest achievements and innovations.

Chair Amber Fitzsimmons, PT, MS, DPTSc, opened the program by introducing the department's educational programs and highlighting new interventions for various conditions such as stroke, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease.

Following her introduction, three of our star faculty members presented their cutting-edge research and innovations in the field of physical therapy:

  • Erica Pitsch, PT, DPT: Laid the foundation for the complexity of movement by leading the guests into a short routine of seated exercises.
  • Robert Matthews, PhD: Showcased UCSF’s motion-capture technology for improving patient care.
  • Richard Souza, PT, PhD: Discussed the applications of technology and engineering principles to improve physical therapy interventions.

A highlight of the event was the interactive session led by ten students from the DPT Class of 2024. These students guided guests through various assessment exercises, providing a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and engagement. The luncheon offered a platform to showcase our department and our faculty’s dedication to excellence in research, education, and patient care. It also served as a heartwarming occasion to celebrate Heritage Circle members and their commitment to supporting UCSF.

If you have already included DPTRS in your estate plans, please contact Rosie so we can thank you and share details on the Heritage Circle Society.

If you are considering a planned gift, please visit ucsf.giftplans.org or contact Rosie.

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