Faculty Notes 2016

Louis N. Iannuzzi, PT, DPT, C.Ped
Clinical Assistant Professor Physical  Therapy

Dr. Iannuzzi was invited and privileged to present his paper titled “Art of the Total Cast” at theAugust 2016 International Foot Health Symposium in Canberra, Australia! His paper delved into the benefits and use of the “total contact cast”, a type of cast used in treatment for foot wounds associated with diabetes and Hansen’s disease. The cast has been a standard treatment in U.S. military hospitals for years and is now becoming the “gold standard” in the treatment of diabetic foot ulceration. He hopes to attend next year’s symposium and present on his research findings again.

Wen Ling PT, PhD
Associate Professor Physical Therapy

This Summer, Dr. Wen Ling facilitated an agreement between New York University (NYU) and China Medical University (CMU) allowing graduates from CMU’s physical therapy professional education pro- gram to enroll in our Master of Arts (MA) Program in Pathokinesiology and the Doctor of Physical Therapy for Practicing Physical Therapists Program. Deans Dominic Brewer and Erich Dietrich from NYU Steinhardt School and Dean Wu-Chung Shen of China Medical University (CMU) signed the agreement on August 25, 2016.

CMU, located in Taichung, Taiwan, was founded in 1958 with the unique mission of educating health professionals with knowledge and skills in both Chinese and western medicine and in 1990 their Physical Therapy Program was established. NYU and CMU are connected through our alumni network. Two of its Physical Therapy faculty, Professors Shih-Heng Sun and Mei-Ying Kuo, graduated from our MA program. While on sabbatical during the fall of 2013, Dr. Ling visited CMU and was quite impressed by its faculty and students. Thus, she facilitated the development and signing of the agreement between NYU Steinhardt and CMU. We are pleased to establish this international collaboration.

Anat V. Lubetzky PT, PhD
Assistant Professor Physical Therapy

Over the past year, Dr. Lubetzky established the NYU-PT Sensorimotor Lab where she com- bines advances in virtual reality and motion sensors technology with our current under- standing of sensory mechanisms for postural control to study balance problems and deficits in sensory integration for postural control. Together with her research team Dr. Lubetzkyworks to: (1) build an affordable but ‘high-tech’ clinical instrument that will serve to better diagnose impairments in sensory integration for postural control and direct specific rehabilitation; and (2) design unique and specific balance intervention programs to facilitate recovery of sensory  integration for postural control, reduce anxiety, prevent falls and increase patients’ participation in the community.

The lab has an incredible interdisciplinary team including professors and students across the NYU community and its neighboring hospitals. Data regarding the feasibility, reliability, and validity of the system in healthy young adults were recently submitted for peer-review publication. Dr. Lubetzky and Prof. Perlin (of Computer Science) were awarded the Steinhardt Research Development Award in the Spring of 2016 to further develop their virtual reality assessment in patients with vestibular dysfunction.

Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), GCS,  CSCS,  CEEAA, FAPTA
Immediate Past-President, World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Moffat had a busy year as her travels brought her to Belgium, Poland, Israel, and Switzerland as well as Trinidad, where she led a Global Experience for seven physical therapy students. She also hadna number of peer-reviewed publications published, and served as a reviewer on six papers. Dr. Moffat’s work was also published in Business Insider-Science sections three times in 2016. She also received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Rusk Rehabilitation Ambassador Award.


Smita Rao, PT, PhD
Associate Professor Physical Therapy


Kevin C. Weaver, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CEA,  CIE
Director, Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Assistant Clinical Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Rao and Dr. Weaver were awarded the Steinhardt Course Innovation Grant for 2016! They have worked extensively on enhancing the student experience by integrating new technology and the use of NYU classes. The Course Innovation Grant is an eight-week professional development program designed to sup- port technology-based enhancements for existing undergraduate and graduate courses.

The program is led by Francesca Socolick, Senior Instructional Technologist at Steinhardt Technology Services. Using a creative design approach, Rao and Weaver analyzed their course, PT-GE 2251 Physical Therapy Examination of the Musculoskeletal System, and debuted a redesigned course during the Fall 2016 semes- ter. The course features new, real time streaming using a GoPro camera while leveraging the functionality of Google apps for Education within NYU Classes. “The class has always been rigorous and engaging, we hope these new tools make it more user-friendly and allow students to access course materials across multiple devices. We want to encourage interaction and feedback, both in and out of the classroom,” say Weaver and Rao.

John Sutera PT, DPT, MSPT
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Sutera recently completed his first full year as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department. He is thrilled to have spent the year working with students as well as the supportive and welcoming program faculty. Courses he teaches are intertwined with the responsibility that the department takes to train students in areas or diversity, patient education and communication, and professional behavior. He says “If you can teach students, you can increase the permutations of the amount of patients you can reach, and that’s what really makes me so grateful about being able to teach.” Professor Sutera has embraced the academic life and all the details that go along with it!















Posted: December 13th, 2016