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Dept of Physical Therapy Overview

PT Chair Jay Irrgang working with patient on treatment table in PT lab

Message from our Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the most prestigious physical therapy programs in the US. We are delighted that you have found our website. Whether you are seeking entry-level professional training, advanced training in physical therapy or doctoral research training, we encourage you to explore the endless opportunities that exist here at Pitt. We have an excellent faculty that includes five Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA, NIH-funded investigators and numerous clinical specialists. We are fortunate to have very strong partnerships with a world class School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which is one of six schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its Centers for Rehab Services. As you explore our web site, please take note of how these partnerships can enhance your experience here at Pitt should you decide to enroll in any of our programs of study.

James J. Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA
Professor and Chair

PT students in classroom
Faculty with student doing stability testing


Our faculty engage in nationally recognized research that moves the profession forward. 

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Continuing Education

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Department News

Congratulations to University of Pittsburgh Physical Therapy chair Dr. Jay Irrgang who will be working with the Swanson School of Engineering's Dr. Richard E. Debski and his team on a five-year study, “Predicting the Outcome of Exercise Therapy for Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears.”

The National Institutes of Health recently granted the team a significant amount of funding to develop diagnostic methods to allow surgeons to determine whether PT or surgery is the most effective initial treatment of rotator cuff tears - a common injury among adults age 40 - 70.