We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chad Cook has been appointed Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program effective immediately.
Since last summer, Dr. Cook has served as the Interim Program Director. In a short time, he has been able to make an important impact on the research, educational, and service components of our enterprise. As a result of his extraordinary work, and following a series of discussions with senior leadership in the School of Medicine (SoM); the Search Committee (which was formed with representation from the DPT Division, the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery & Community and Family Medicine (CFM), and DukeAHEAD) recommended that Dr. Cook be appointed to this role. Given that most program directors across the SoM are appointed and that Dr. Cook has had a tremendous track record in academic physical therapy education leadership (as evidenced by the recent announcement that the APTA’s Education Section has awarded Dr. Cook with the 2017 Pauline Cerasoli Lectureship) there was strong support to appoint Dr. Cook. We invite you to help us celebrate Dr. Cook’s appointment during next year’s CSM (Feb. 15-18, 2017, in San Antonio, TX), where he will deliver his Pauline Cerasoli Lectureship talk. More information can be found by visiting: https://www.google.com/search?q=APTA+cerasoli&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Dr. Cook’s appointment as Program Director will allow Dr. Landry to focus his efforts on moving forward with the creation of the Institute (official name still to be determined), on the upcoming physical space redesign and move, and building greater educational offerings in rehabilitation sciences.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cook on his appointment, and stay tuned for information and details regarding a celebration in the coming month.