Alumni News & Info

As an alumnus of Columbia’s Physical Therapy program you are one of our most valuable resources.  This section of our web site will be dedicated to promoting and fostering an ongoing relationship with our alumni by linking you to important happenings and events. 

The faculty hopes your education at Columbia was rewarding and that you feel proud to be a part of the Columbia family.  Your contributions on any level help us achieve our goals of continuing to educate and graduate students who will provide excellent standards of care. You can contribute by assisting in student recruitment, contribute financially, attending hosted continuing education courses or by simply keeping in touch. 

The Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy now has a group on LinkedIn.  The faculty is excited about this launch, which will allow you to submit and find information about your classmates.  We invite you to join and keep in touch with personal and professional happenings, events, career changes, etc.  We will keep you apprised of annual and special social events, continuing education offerings, etc.



You can make a donation to the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy here




Innovative Integration of PT and Hospital Programs Creates New Opportunities for PTs

Bill McCormick (CUPT ‘94) spoke recently at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia about the integration of the MOG (Medically Oriented Gym) model into onsite PT and DPT programs. Read article

New Doctor of Physical Therapy Learned Benefits of Program Long Before Graduation

Nashwa Khalil knew the benefits of physical therapy long before she enrolled in the doctor of physical therapy program at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She began physical therapy as an infant after a birth injury that limited range of motion, strength and mobility in her left arm. Read article


Healing the World With Laughter, Physical Therapy

Special from The Record

If laughter is the best medicine, Mohamed Mohamed provides a double dose. The 24-year-old, who graduates this May from the College of Physicians and Surgeons with a doctorate in physical therapy, has been raising money for humanitarian groups like UNICEF by performing at New York City comedy clubs .Read Article


Attention PTs: Want to add nutrition to your practice? Check out the new Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. Visit the Program’s website and attend an Open House. New Open House Date: Wed., June 11th from 12-1 and 5-6PM. Click here for the Program’s website. To RSVP for location or for more information, contact Claire Zimmeck (



The Physical Therapy Program is approved by the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions, as a sponsor of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.


Selected Topics in Hand Therapy at Columbia University presented by the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The proceeds will be donated to Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation. 5 contact hours toward New York PT licensure renewal will be awarded by Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy. And 5 contact hours also count toward CHT renewal.

Selected Topics in Hand Therapy:

  • Thumb Basal Joint OA
  • Outcomes Measures
  • Nerve Transfers
  • Wrist Proprioception

The link below has all the course information. There is also a pdf attachment with all the information in the link. You can register for the course through the link. Hope to see you there!

Details and registration info here





Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014

Instructor: George Davies, PT, DPT, MED, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, FAPTA

Sponsored by the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy


This course provides the participants with advances in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment strategies and outcomes research for patients with selected knee conditions.  Various principles of practice of the master clinician, such as clustering of signs and symptoms and using an algorithm-based process will be discussed and practiced. The clinical hands-on demonstration will emphasize an algorithm-based clinical examination for efficient time management in the clinic.  The scientific and clinical rationale (evidence-based practice) for rehabilitation strategies and progressions will be discussed. Participants can expect to learn innovative and creative treatment interventions with various knee conditions. Case studies will be presented to facilitate effective treatment planning. Suggested treatment protocols and outcome measures will be emphasized throughout the course. CD videos of examination and treatment techniques will be presented and discussed throughout the course. This is an interactive course that will provide didactic activities to encourage participants to integrate this information into the development of customized programs to enhance the quality care of their patients.

Course fee for professionals: $595. See brochure for complete details and fee schedule

Download brochure in PDF format


Please note: If paying by credit card, we accept Visa and MasterCard only. Note that cvv2 indicator should be set to "present" before entering your security code.

Click here to register on line and pay by credit card










Saturday, April 12, 7AM-12:30PM

Current Frontiers: New Techniques in Management and Diagnosis of Tendinopathy

Sponsored by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Presbyterian

Speakers: Columbia Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists

Click here for information and registration



Friday, May 9 (8AM-­‐5PM) — Saturday, May 10, 2014 (8AM-­‐3:30PM)

Advances in Examinaton and Treatment of Patients with Selected Knee Conditons: Advances in Evidence-Based Practice

Sponsored by the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy

Instructor: George Davies, PT, DPT, MED, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, FAPTA

Course inquiries: Vanessa Corwin, Program in Physical Therapy, 212‐305-7354 or 



Thursday, May 15 (8AM-­‐5PM) — Friday, May 16, 2014 (8AM-3:30PM)

CATCH-UP 2014: Heart Failure, Devices, and Interventions

Sponsored by the Columbia University Department of Surgery

Register online at and select CATCH-UP 2014

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