Welcome from the Chair 2016

Greetings on behalf of PT Momentum, the new blog for the Department of Physical Therapy at NYU Steinhardt!

As we reflect on this past year and plan for the upcoming one, I am happy to share accomplishments and milestones. This year we celebrated our school’s 125th anniversary, welcomed our new NYU President, Andrew Hamilton, our new Provost, Katherine Fleming, and anticipate our upcoming 90th PT anniversary.

The DPT Class of 2016, a class of 38, marched down a bag-pipe led procession during the August 25 NYU PT graduation ceremony.

Our department also hosted its Third Annual Incoming Class Inauguration this past September to welcome new students into our five programs. The incoming DPT students participated in the White Coat Ceremony.

We expanded our global reach this year, sending DPT students for clinical observations not only to Trinidad, but also Tel Aviv, Israel during the 2015–16 Winter break.

PT led the launching of our first biannual inter-professional health conference, “NYU Healthtech2016: Apps, Gadgets, and Gizmos” this past May, which brought together PT, Public Health, Occupational Therapy,Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Nutrition, Engineering, and the School of Medicine. Presenters at this well-attended conference updated attendees on cutting edge preventative, therapeutic, and research- related technologies in health.

“Abilities in the Cinema,” an annual, PT Department initiated event, hosted a viewing of the films, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and A Theory of Everything, to engage students, alums, and faculty across the Steinhardt community on disability-related issues in society.

Finally, NYU PT won the Award of Excellence in the 2015–2016 Pittsburgh–Marquette Challenge. Students raised a total of $13,992 in this year’s Challenge for the Foundation for Physical Therapy to help provide research grants and doctoral scholarships.

We are pleased to share with you what the faculty, staff, students, and alumni are doing to fulfill NYU PT’s mission. We hope to see you at the NYU PT’s 90th Anniversary!

Mitchell Batavia, PT, MA PhD
Associate Professor and Chair


Posted: December 7th, 2016