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Victoria G. Marchese, PhD, PT

Jane Kroh Satterfield Endowed Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Administrative Title:

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


AHRB, Suite 115

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7979

Education and Training

  • 1994 B.S., University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, Physical Therapy
  • 2001 Ph.D., MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, Rehabilitation Sciences


Victoria "Tori" Marchese, PT, PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has over 25 years of clinical and research experience in pediatric physical therapy and rehabilitation science.  Dr. Marchese has authored numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles in the area of assessment and physical therapy intervention for children with acute and chronic illness.  Dr. Marchese's research focuses on the complex interplay between psychosocial and physiological mechanisms that contribute to physical performance and physical activity in children, adolescents, and young adults with hematology/oncology diagnoses.

Research/Clinical Keywords

pediatric physical therapy, pediatric oncology, cancer survivorship, rehabilitation science, pediatric hematology, physical therapy and rehabilitation science education

Highlighted Publications

Marchese VG, Chiarello LA, Lange BJ. Effects of physical therapy intervention for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatric Blood Cancer. 2004;42:127-133.

Marchese VG, Hinds PS, Rai SN, Cremer LK, Neel MD, Rao BN, Spunt SL, Daw ND. A New Tool to Assess Functional Mobility in Survivors of Lower-Extremity Sarcoma, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Scientific Report, 2005.

Marchese VG, Morris GS, Gilchrist L, Ness KK, Wampler M, VanHoose L, Galantino ML Screening for Chemotherapy Late Effects, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 2011; 27:234-243.

Marchese VG, Oriel KN, Fry JA, Kovacs JL, Weaver RL, Reilly MM, and Ginsberg JP, Development of a Normative Sample for the Functional Mobility Assessment, Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2012;24:224-30.

Marchese VG, McEvoy CS, Brown H, Greiner R, Demski M, Ginsberg JP, Exploring Factors that Influence Childhood Cancer Survivors' Choice of Occupation and Choice to Attend College. Rehabilitation Oncology 2014;32:23-28.

Rook MK, McEvoy CS, Greiner RG, Brown H, Marchese VG, Exploring the Feasibility of Performing Objective Screening Tools on Survivors of Pediatric Cancers as Part of a Long-Term Survivorship Clinic. Rehabilitation Oncology 2014;32:29-37.

Marchese VG, Sanders O, York T, Creath R, Rogers M. Motion analysis of a jumping task in childhood leukemia survivors.  Rehabilitation Oncology 2017;35:9-14.

Harrington SE, Stout NL, Hile E, Fisher MI, Eden M, Marchese V, Pfalzer LA. A Scoping review of cancer rehabilitation Publications (2008-2018) with a focus on physical function. Physical Therapy 2020;100:363-415.

Nelson C, Marchese V, Rock K, Addison O. Alterations in muscle architecture: A review of the relevance to individuals after limb salvage surgery for bone sarcoma. Frontiers in Pediatrics, Pediatric Orthopedics 2020;8:292.

Rock K, Nelson C, Addison O, Marchese V. Assessing the reliability of handheld dynamometry and ultrasonography to measure quadriceps strength and muscle thickness in children, adolescents, and young Adults. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics 2021;41:540-554.

Ho S, Betz G, Marchese VG. Exploring pulmonary function and physical function in childhood cancer: A systematic review. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology 2021;160:1-11.

Felter C, Glickman L, Westlake K, Shipper A, Marchese V. International global health education for doctor of physical therapy students: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2021; 27:25-39

Marchese VG, Rock K, York T, Creath R. Gray V. Neuromuscular mechanisms that contribute to gross motor performance in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Pediatr Rehabil Med., 2021;14:415-423.

Ho S, York T, Marchese VG. Exploring relationships between inspiratory muscle strength and functional capacity in childhood cancer survivors: A pilot study. Pediatric Hematology & Oncology 2021;18:1-12.

Ho S, Culligan M, Friedberg J, Goloubeva O, Marchese V.Examining the impact of physical function performance in predicting patient outcomes after lung-sparing surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 44:22, 6676-6683.

Marchese VG, Rock K, Harpold A, Salazar, A, Williams M, Shipper A. Physical impairment and function in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease: A systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2022;103(6):1144-1167.

Ortega M, Marchese VG, Film R, Zarro M, Felter C. Digital and blended curriculum delivery in health professions education: An umbrella review with implications for Doctor of Physical Therapy education programs. The Journal of Medical Internet Research 27:1, 4-24.

Lanza M, Rock K, Marchese VG, Addison O, Nelson C. Hip Abductor and Adductor rate of torque development and muscle activation, but not muscle size, are associated with functional performance. Frontiers in Physiology, section Exercise Physiology 2021:12:74415.

Pravdo A, Rock K, Abzug JM, Bowman P, Marchese VG.  Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Characteristics and Outcomes of Physical Therapy Episodes of Care. Annals of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, 2021;4:2640-2734.

Marchese V, Rock K, York T, Ruble K and Gray VL. The Efficacy of Targeted Exercise on Gross Motor and Neuromuscular Performance in Survivors of Childhood Leukemia: A Pilot Study.  Pediatr.2022;10:891650.

Ho S, Rock K, Addison O, and Marchese V. Relationships between diaphragm ultrasound, spirometry, and respiratory mouth pressures in children.  Respiratory, Physiology & Neurobiology 2022;305:103950.

Lanza M, Rock K, Marchese V, Gray V. Addison O. Ultrasound Measures of Muscle Thickness and Subcutaneous Tissue from the Hip Abductors: Inter- and intra-rater Reliability. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 2022;62:102612.

Rock K, Addison O, Gray VL, Nelson CM, Henshaw RM, York T, Ruble K, Marchese V. Quantifying muscle strength, size, and neuromuscular activation in adolescent and young adult survivors of musculoskeletal sarcoma: identifying correlates and responses to functional strengthening. The Knee 2023; 40: 270-282.

Rock K, Addison O, Gray VL, Henshaw RM, Ward C, Marchese V. Skeletal Muscle Measurements in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology: Essential Components to a Comprehensive Assessment. Children 2023;10 (1):114.

Additional Publication Citations

Book Chapters

Marchese VG. Case Study, Pediatric Oncology. In, Effgen SK Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children, 2005.

Marchese VG. Pediatric Oncology. In. Tecklin J (ed.).  Pediatric Physical Therapy, 4th edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.    

Marchese VG. Physical Therapy. In McLain B. Handbook of Pediatric Chronic Pain. 2011.

Marchese VG. Case Study, Pediatric Oncology. In, Effgen SK (ed.) Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children, second edition, 2013.

Marchese VG. Pediatric Oncology. In. Tecklin J (ed.).  Pediatric Physical Therapy, 5th edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015

Marchese VG, Thomas KM, Morris GS. Pediatric Oncology.  In Palisano RJ, Orlin MN, Schreiber J (eds.) Campbell’s Physical Therapy for Children, 5th Edition, Chapter 16, 2017.

Marchese VG. Case Study, Pediatric Oncology. In, Effgen SK. & LaForme A. Meeting the     Physical Therapy Needs of Children, third edition, F.A. Davis Company. 2021.

Awards and Affiliations


Evelyn B. Noyovitz Award for commitment to pediatric practice through academic excellence and clinical performance.  2002.

The Stephen Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology. Rook MK, McEvoy CS, Greiner RG, Brown H, Marchese VG, Exploring the Feasibility of Performing Objective Screening Tools on Survivors of Pediatric Cancers as Part of a Long-Term Survivorship Clinic. Rehabilitation Oncology 2014;32:29-37.  2014.

Oncology Section Research Award: Established by the Oncology Section, APTA, to recognize members whose work has resulted in enduring and outstanding research pertaining to Oncologic physical therapy. 2014.

American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Outstanding Research Award – Poster Presentation “Muscle and Mobility in Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Bone Tumors: Exploring a Functional Strengthening Intervention”. Rock K, Nelson C, Marchese VG. APTA 2021 Combined Sections Conference. 2021.

American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT Best Poster Award. "Reliability of Assessing Diaphragm Thickness Via B-Mode Ultrasound in Healthy Children and Adolescents" Ho S, Rock K, Marchese VG. APTA 2022 Combined Sections Conference.  2022.