Sarver Resident Named Chair of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University
The John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University has named Dr. Christopher R. Carcia as the new chair of its Department of Physical Therapy.
"I am both honored and humbled to be appointed as the chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy," said Carcia, who is an associate professor of physical therapy. "I had the privilege of serving as a faculty member under the previous three chairpersons and I intend to continue the tradition of excellence and success that each of these leaders established."
Carcia, who also serves as director of the Rangos School's Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, first joined Duquesne University in 2002. He teaches courses in orthopedics and functional kinesiology and biomechanics.
"I am confident the physical therapy program will continue to produce exceptional physical therapists and garner national recognition given the strength, expertise and dedication of our faculty," said Carcia.
Carcia's expertise focuses on evaluation and treatment of shoulder and knee pathologies; ankle and foot biomechanics; and running and cycling-related injuries. His work has been published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy and the Journal of Athletic Training.
Carcia, who resides in Sarver, Pa., has a bachelor's in physical therapy from Arcadia University; a master's in physical therapy/orthopedics from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital; and a Ph.D. in kinesiology and sports medicine from the University of Virginia.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.