Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
Robert Landel

(323) 442-2912



Mailing Address:

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

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Professional Interests

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAPTA is Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, where he is the Director of the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Director of the Residency Programs. He established and was Director of the private practice of the Division, USC Physical Therapy Associates, and continues to treat patients there, primarily those with orthopedic, balance and vestibular disorders.He was the founding Director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC; he continues to provide clinical mentorship and instruction to the residents.


Dr. Landel is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Manual Therapist. He has chaired the Orthopedic Specialty Council, responsible for developing and constructing the board certification exam in orthopedic physical therapy, and was chair of the Clinical Residency and Fellowship Credentialing Committee (now the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education),which oversees residency and fellowship program credentialing for the APTA. He is a member of the APTA (Orthopedic and Neurologic Sections) and of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.


With over 34 years of experience treating orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular patients, Dr. Landel has lectured and trained therapists and physicians in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Dr. Landel has published on a variety of topics in orthopedics and in vestibular rehabilitation, and has received the Rose Excellence in Orthopedic Research Award and the Gould Excellence in Teaching Award from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.


  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 1996.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; MS, Physical Therapy; 1984.
  • California State University, Long Beach; BS, Health Science with Community Health Education option, May, 1981.
  • Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA; AA, June, 1978.
Selected Publications
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