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Karthik Hariharan is an assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. He also serves as the Director of Human Anatomy for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  His prior experiences include clinical and research work as a Physical Therapist. Hariharan has taught several human anatomy courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for various programs within SHRS since 2013. He received an ‘Innovation in Education’ award from the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Instructional Excellence for incorporating 3D visual technology and hybrid pedagogies in his courses. His research interests include physical therapy management of spine related disorders, implementation of innovative technology in classroom teaching and comparative analysis of healthcare education especially related to quality and access of education.  


Department of Community Health Services and Rehabilitation Science
Department of Physician Assistant Studies


Athletic Training
Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering
Physician Assistant Studies
Post Professional Program in Physical Therapy
Sports Medicine
Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Science


  • Innovation in Education Award, University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Provost, Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence
  • Inducted to Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants