Professor Rob Landel Receives Top Honor of Physical Therapy Profession

Robert LandelDr. Rob Landel, professor of clinical physical therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, has been selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)—the highest honor of the physical therapy profession. The award will be formally presented at the APTA Annual Meeting in June, in Tampa, Florida.
 Six active USC faculty members are now Catherine Worthingham Fellows, more than in any other physical therapy program in the nation.
Dr. Landel, who received his master of science and doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degrees from USC, has been teaching at USC since 1988. A decade later, he cofounded the USC Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy—the first university-based residency program in the nation—and now directs all physical therapy residency programs at USC (orthopedic, neurologic, and sports). In 2010, Dr. Landel became director of the DPT program in 2010.
In support of Dr. Landel’s nomination as a fellow, four distinguished members of the physical therapy profession and a former faculty member at the USC School of Medicine lauded his outstanding contributions as an educator as well as a clinician, researcher, and leader of the profession.
Dr. Kornelia Kulig, associate professor in the Division, wrote that Dr. Landel “teaches from a sound, comprehensive, and current knowledge base, integrating basic science with the principles of orthopedic physical therapy.”
As a clinician, Dr. Landel maintains an active patient load at USC Physical Therapy Associates, the faculty practice he founded in 1989 and ran for seven years before cofounding the orthopedic residency program. As a researcher, Dr. Landel has 13 peer-reviewed publications, six published book chapters and two forthcoming publications to his credit, primarily in the field of orthopedic physical therapy.
Dr. Landel is a sought-after speaker at national and international professional conferences, and has taught more than 100 continuing education courses nationwide. His other honors include the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopedic Physical Therapy Award of the APTA’s Orthopedic Section (2009), the Excellence in Research Award of the California Physical Therapy Association (2008), and Teacher of the Year, awarded by students in the Division (2005 and 2009).