We are honored and delighted to announce that Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, has joined Duke Orthopaedics as Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Director of Musculoskeletal Research for the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Steve trained at West Virginia University (BS in Physical Therapy), the University of Pittsburgh (MS in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science) and the University of Florida (Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pain Research and Rehabilitation Outcomes). Steve worked clinically in the beginning of his career, but has focused on research over the past 15 years. Steve is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain; often attending annual conferences and serving on committees.
Steve’s primary interest is research involving biopsychosocial models for the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders. His research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Brooks Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, University of Florida, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. George has authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications in physical therapy, rehabilitation, orthopedic, and pain research journals. He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Physical Therapy and an International Editorial Review Board Member for Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Steve has been recognized from professional associations inside and outside of physical therapy with research awards. In 2016 he was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing and the John H.P. Maley Lecture Award. The Golden Pen award recognizes demonstrated superior writing skills and a continuing record of scholarly contributions and collaborations to the benefit of Physical Therapy (PTJ) and the Maley Lecture is in recognition of distinguished contributions to the profession in clinical practice.
Steve is married to Rebecca and together they tend to 3 kids and 3 dogs. In his spare time, Steve likes beach trips, swimming laps, rooting for the Pirates, Steelers, or Mountaineers, playing games with the kids, and reading all kinds of non-work related stuff. Steve, and the entire family are excited about the transition to Duke and look forward to enjoying all four seasons in North Carolina, as long as winter isn’t terribly cold or long.
Please join us in welcoming Steve to Duke.