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Michael Timko PT, MS, FAAOMPT is currently a full-time Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at West Virginia University, School of Medicine and an Adjunct Faculty Member for the Division of Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina.  As a clinician he specialized in the management of patients with spinal dysfunction.

This former Mountaineer quarterback received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University.  He then completed studies at the University of Pittsburgh, including residency training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and earned a post-professional Masters Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science.  He has lectured at the local, national, and international levels on a variety of topics pertaining to neuromuscular rehabilitation.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and served as a member of the Board of Examiners for that organization. 


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering
Post Professional Program in Physical Therapy

Representative Publications

The Treatment-Based Classification System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update. Physical Therapy. 2016; 96 (7): 1057-1066 Doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150345.  

Hooked on Evidence Cervical Spine Case Scenarios APTA Website

Occult Hypermobility of the Craniocervical Junction A Case Report and Review J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011; 41(6):444-457 Doi:10.2519/jospt.2011.3305.

Current Concepts of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Independent Study Course 21.2.7 The Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage: Physical Therapy Patient Management Utilizing Current Evidence (Subject Matter Expert—Reviewer)

Research Grants

Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh Grant Clinical Reliability Testing of the Craniocervical