Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS

Professor, UCSF

Email: [email protected]
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0736, San Francisco, CA 94143


  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 1973
  • DPTSc, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco / San Francisco State University, CA, 2006
  • Certificate, Advanced Training in Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2009



Dr. Wendy Katzman is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Katzman had a long career as a physical therapist clinician, and later conducted clinical trials among older adults with age-related hyperkyphosis.


  • Musculoskeletal aging
  • Pelvic health
  • Effects of hyperkyphosis on physical function and health-related quality of life
  • Randomized controlled exercise trials


After receiving her post-professional doctoral training, Dr. Katzman completed the UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research certificate program, and she received a NIH/UCSF K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health – BIRCWH Career Development award to study age-related hyperkyphosis. Hyperkyphosis, an increased spinal curvature in the upper back, affects approximately 20-40% of older adults, and has been associated with poor health outcomes, including falls, fractures, physical functional disability, and early mortality. Her research focused on the influence of excessive kyphosis on aging and the development of preventative and rehabilitative strategies for improving kyphosis and musculoskeletal aging. Her research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Aging, Office of Research in Women's Health, and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH/UCSF Pepper Center. Dr. Katzman continues to mentor junior faculty and collaborate on ongoing musculoskeletal research.


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  • UCSF Campaign Alumni Award- The Dedicated, 2020
  • Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Award, San Francisco State University, 2006
  • Best Faculty Manuscript Award, CAPTA, 2007, 2018
  • ASBMR Travel Award, 2010
  • UCSF-Kaiser Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Scholar, Career Development Award, 2008-2012
  • UCSF CTSI KL2 Scholars Program, 2009-2012
  • CAL-PT-Fund Featured Researcher, 2012