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Samannaaz Khoja is a research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She received her PT degree from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India, before coming to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a Master's level and Doctoral Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science.

Her research interests include examing the role of physical activity on cardiometabolic health and physical function in adults with chronic conditions, and understanding utilization patterns for PT/rehabilitation services in healthcare settings. 

Her current research projects focus on leveraging large datasets such as electronic medical records to understand the barriers to delivery of evidence-based treatments, and informed decisions to improve the access to PT/rehabilitative services. She also is involved in teaching activities at undergraduate and graduate level. She teaches Intro to Evidence-based Rehabilitation and Intro to Research Methods for the Undergraduate Rehabilitation Science Program and helps teach Human Anatomy and Evidence-based core courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program

Representative Publications

Research Interests

Health Services Research, Dissemination and Implementation Science

Barriers to PT/Rehab utilization in heathcare settings

Promoting Physical Activity in Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Degenerative Arthritis

Ongoing projects:

Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients: A Multi-Center Pragmatic 


Physician Referral Patterns to Physical Therapy (PT) for Managing Knee OA: An Analysis using UPMC Patient Electronic Health Records

Associations between physical activity and plasma biomarkers in individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis