Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
Dan Kirages





Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests


Dr. Kirages is an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy.  He has a hybrid schedule of both clinical practice and academic teaching.  It is within the private practice of the Division, USC Physical Therapy Associates, where he attends to a diversified patient load, addressing orthopedic and pelvic health disorders.  While in the classroom, for both the residential and hybrid programs, he serves as course director for Integrated Patient Management Clinical Skills which is in the third year of the DPT curriculum.  


Dr. Kirages is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist(OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).  He is significantly involved with advanced professional education through his teaching and clinical mentorship within the USC Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He is also a primary faculty member of the USC Orthopedic Boot Camp Series which is a comprehensive series of post-professional seminars that enables the participant to attain high level skills in examination and intervention procedures for common musculoskeletal conditions.


Dr. Kirages may also be found researching topics associated with pelvic health, teaching continuing education courses or giving lectures at a variety of academic institutions or healthcare facilities nationally and internationally.



Professional Affiliations  
  • Member: APTA, Orthopaedic and Women's Health Sections
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Member: International Pelvic Pain Society 

Faculty Positions  

  • Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Clinical Faculty - Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency and Spine Fellowship Programs, Grants Pass, OR    

Research Activities   


  • Clinical collaborator withinthe Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory (AMPL) directed by Jason Kutch,PhD.  In the AMPL we perform basic science and translational research focused on the neural mechanisms for muscle activation,engineering of non-invasive systems to study human motor function, and neuromuscular chronic pain disorders.         


  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship, 2002
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), 1998
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Exercise Science, 1994
Selected Publications


  • Kutch JJ, Yani MS, Asavasopon S, Kirages DJ, Rana M, Cosand L,Labus JS, Kilpatrick LA, Ashe-McNalley C, Farmer MA, Johnson KA,Ness TJ, Deutsch G, Harris RE, Apkarian AV, Clauw DJ, Mackey SC,Mullins C, Mayer EA. Altered resting state neuromotor connectivityin men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: AMAPP Research Network Neuroimaging Study. NeuroImage: Clinical.2015;8(0):493-502.    
  • Asavasopon S, Rana M, Kirages DJ, Yani MS, Fisher BE, Hwang DH, LohmanEB, Berk LS, Kutch JJ. Cortical Activation Associated with Muscle Synergies of the Human Male Pelvic Floor. The Journal of Neuroscience. 2014;34(41):13811-8.         
  • Roll SC,Rana M, Sigward SM, Yani MS, Kirages DJ, Kutch JJ. Reliability of           Superficial Male Pelvic Floor Structural Measurements Using Linear-Array Transperineal Sonography. Ultrasound in medicine & biology. 2015;41(2):610-7      
  • Parekh AR, Feng MI, Kirages D, Bremner H, Kaswick J, and Aboseif S: The Role of Pelvic Floor Exercises on Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence. J Urol, 170: 130-133, 2003.