October Dean's Message

Zoher F. Kapasi
October 05, 2021
Dean Kapasi

Dear CHP alumni and donors, 

I am excited to share that on Aug. 30, we opened the MUSC Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (NRI).  The NRI is a multidisciplinary facility offering occupational, physical, and speech therapy at a single location for individuals with neurological conditions, like spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or stroke. Historically, individuals needing comprehensive therapy services had to leave the Charleston area or visit multiple clinics.

The innovative facility is a joint operation between the College of Health Professions (CHP) and the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Authority that seamlessly integrates clinical services with clinical education. In addition to treatment space, the facility is equipped with technology that allows for patient care to be livestreamed from the treatment room to the 40-student classroom in the facility.

CHP’s existing research infrastructure also supports the NRI. I offer my congratulations to the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, particularly Dr. Mark Bowden and others whose tireless efforts brought this dream to life.

I hope that you will join me in acknowledging and celebrating these other wonderful accomplishments of our College of Health Professions team. 

  • The Board of Trustees has voted to approve a new Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program housed in CHP. The program will be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) for approval.
  • The CHE has approved a new Master of Science in Extracorporeal Science degree program. The fully online program provides didactic education for cardiovascular perfusionists practicing internationally.
  • The physical therapy pediatric residency graduated its first resident in August. The graduate, Julia Schroeder, was recently hired as a physical therapist in the Department of Health Sciences and Research.
  • Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, chairperson of the Department of Clinical Sciences, was elected as the 2022 president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA).
  • Sara Knox, PT, DPT, Ph.D., was recently awarded an NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for her project titled, “Potential New Barriers to Home Health Access for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”
  • James S. Krause, Ph.D., and his team received a nearly $2.5 million grant for their disability rehabilitation research project (DRRP) focused on employment in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and stroke survivors. This is the team’s third award in the last year. They now have funded research projects in health and function, participation, and employment – the three field-initiated areas of focus for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDLRR). Krause also received the Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership in Spinal Cord Injury & Disability (SCI&D) Healthcare from the American Paraplegia Society (APS).
  • Blair Dellenbach, MOST, OTR/L, research occupational therapist for CHP, was received the 2021 Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award from the American Spinal Injury Association.

And lastly, I am pleased to share that I was elected to the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors. My term will begin on Jan. 1, 2022. I look forward to representing CHP on a national level!

Thank you for your continued support, and I hope that you and your loved ones continue to stay well.

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
Dean and professor
College of Health Professions