Anthony Delitto PhD, PT, FAPTA

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    Title

    Professor and Associate Dean of Research

    Office Location

    6036 Forbes Tower

    Office phone

    412-383-6631

Academic Appointment

  • Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Associate Dean for Research, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • VP Education and Research, Centers for Rehab Services

Education

  • BS in Physical Therapy, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 1979
  • MHS/PT Physical Therapy,  Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1984
  • PhD in Social Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1990

Awards and Honors

  • Golden Pen Award, American Physical Therapy Association, March, 1992
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 1993
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 1994
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 1995
  • Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, June, 1997
  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association, June, 2000
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 2003
  • John HP Maley Lecture Award, American Physical Therapy Association, June, 2003
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 2006
  • John HP Maley Award, Section on Research, APTA, Feb 2006
  • Steven J. Rose Award, Orthopedic Section, APTA, February, 2007
  • Lucy Blair Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association, June, 2007
  • Mary McMillan Lecture Award, American Physical Therapy Association, June, 2008
  • Richard W. Bowling and Richard E. Erhard Clinical Practice Award, Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Feb. 2010

Academic/Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal intervention research
  • Research in low back pain
  • Health services and implementation research

Refereed Articles

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Courses Recently Taught

  • Course Coordinator for PT 2073 Evidence Based Practice II
  • Course Instructor for PT 2074 Evidence Based Practice III

Funded Research Projects

Name: Anthony Delitto
a. Source: NICHD/NCMRR and NINDS
b. Role on Project: Program Director
c. September 01, 2013-Aug 31, 2017
d. 10% effort
Title: Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapists
(PT/OT CDP)
Abstract: This training grant is an institutional K-12 support mechanism for physical and occupational therapists. The goal of this proposal is to establish a Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapists (PT/OT CDP) targeted at new investigators so that they can acquire the skills to address the need for research that validates rehabilitation approaches, optimizes treatments and incorporates new technologies to manage disease and conditions that limit peoples’ potential to live productive and healthy lives.  This proposal is in direct response to the needs stated in RFA-HD-06-010 and in the Rehabilitation Medicine Summit (Frontera WR, et al, 2006) to build research capacity in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Name: Anthony Delitto
a. Source: NIH/NINDS
b. Grant Number: 1 R01 NS074343
c. Study Principal Investigators: Margaret Schenkman, PhD, and Daniel Corcos, PhD
d. Biostatistician: Charity G. Moore, PhD
e. Role on Project: Site Principal Investigator
f. Dec 01, 2011 – Nov 30, 2015
g. 10% effort

Title:  Exploratory Study Of Different Doses Of Endurance Exercise In People With Parkinson Disease: The SPARX Study  
The overall objective of this Phase II study is to determine the futility or non-futility of conducting a Phase III randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of exercise on the progression of PD symptoms. The primary aim is to determine whether individuals with de novo Parkinson’s disease (naïve to drug treatment) can achieve the randomly assigned levels of mean exercise intensity (60-65% HRmax or 80-85% HRmax) and adhere to the exercise protocol.
The secondary aims are to determine: 1) whether moderate- or high-intensity endurance exercise [or both] warrants further investigation as a therapeutic intervention for motor symptoms in the treatment of de novo Parkinson’s disease by conducting a futility trial, and 2) the incidence of adverse events and 6-month attrition associated with endurance exercise for each exercise arm (i.e., mean 60-65% HRmax and mean 80-85% HRmax groups).
Design and Outcomes: This will be a Phase II, multisite, randomized, evaluator-blinded, no exercise controlled, exploratory clinical trial of the effects of 26 weeks of endurance exercise on the ability of patients with Parkinson’s disease to exercise at the assigned heart rates. Outcome variables include: Exercise intensity; Change in UPDRS motor; Adherence to exercise; Attrition; Adverse events.

Service and Assignments

  • Blue Ribbon Panel, Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, 2011-2013
  • Task Force on Chronic Low Back Pain, National Institutes of Health, 2011-present
  • Models of PT Service Deliver Task Force, APTA, 2012-present
  • Guideline Development, Low Back Pain, UPMC, 2012-present
  • Bundling Initiative, Total Knee and Hip Replacement, UPMC, 2012-present
  • Musculoskeletal Subcommittee, UPMC Health Plan, 2002-present

Membership in Scientific/Professional/Honorary Societies

  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Education Section Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Research Section Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Orthopaedic Section Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
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