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University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Mark W. Rogers as New Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

February 15, 2015

Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD

A Career Focused on Understanding the Neurology of Human Balance

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD, an NIH-funded scientist and expert in neuromotor control and rehabilitation research, has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Rogers has served as the Department’s Interim Chair since August of 2013 when Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, stepped down following a successful 15-year tenure as Chair of the Department.

“I am grateful for Dr. Rogers’ service as Interim Chair,” said Dean Reece, who is Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. “He is a scholar who has devoted his career to an improved understanding of physical medicine. I am confident that he will provide strong leadership to continue the Department’s impressive record of success in both training and research.”

As Chair, Dr. Rogers hopes to continue to expand the Department’s research portfolio, adding new research in muscle studies and bioengineering. He is also exploring new multi-disciplinary academic programs and specialty concentrations.

Dr. Rogers received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He went on to earn a PhD degree in NeuroMuscular Therapeutics from the University of Iowa. Following his post-doctoral research training at McGill University in Montreal, he moved to the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, where he became a tenured Associate Professor. In 2008 he joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine as a tenured Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Dr. Rogers has been Vice Chair for Research in the department, as well as director of the School’s PhD program in Physical Rehabilitation Science. In addition, he is director of the University of Maryland’s Advanced Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Training Program and co-directs the Mobility Function & Neuroplasticity Core, at the University of Maryland’s Older Americans Independence Center.

Dr. Rogers focuses his research on the neuromotor, biomechanical, and behavioral processes that control human balance and movement, and how these processes fail during aging and in disease. His research aims to understand the pathological changes in motor control that disrupt standing, walking, and reaching in order to develop new ways to help people with balance problems. He is currently in the midst of an NIH-funded trial to teach older people to improve their automatic control of balance and recovery from loss of balance in order to prevent falls.

Over his career, he has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for his work in physical therapy research and education, and received the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy, and the Excellence in Research Award from the neurology and geriatrics sections of the APTA.

“As we continue to focus on building our portfolio of NIH grant funding across our Allied Health, Basic Science and Clinical Science Departments, Dr. Rogers is an award-winning researcher who is ideally suited to lead our efforts in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science,” Dean Reece added.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu/

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