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Research Interests:

  • Examining the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for osteoarthritis and other joint disorders
  • Implementation of rehabilitation programs in health systems

Ongoing Projects:

  • Movement pattern training in people with intra-articular hip disorders
  • Implementation of a knee pain/booster delivery rehabilitation program in a regional rehabilitation healthcare system
  • Assessment of the implementation of a program to enhance primary care provider referral to physical therapy for low back pain

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Kelley Fitzgerald is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, associate dean of graduate studies at SHRS, and director of the Physical Therapy Clinical and Translational Research Center, University of Pittsburgh. His current clinical and research activities specialize in evaluation and treatment of knee disorders with a special emphasis in knee osteoarthritis, and methods to improve service delivery in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has received numerous research grants including federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Research and Quality, and has published numerous research and other articles related to physical therapy management of knee disorders. He served on the Expert's Panel for the 2012 ACR guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, and hand. He was inducted as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2009. Fitzgerald currently serves on the editorial board for the Physical Therapy Journal and the Journal of Physiotherapy Practice and Research, and was recently a member of the editorial board for Arthritis Care and Research. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy