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At Keck Hospital of USC, we offer advanced physical therapy management of patients with heart-related and lung-related problems. We specialize in creating a customized treatment plan for each patient that includes a physical examination and thorough medical history review, and considers the patient’s goals for recovery.

Our clinicians provide expert care that may include:

  • Interval exercise training
  • Education on breathing techniques
  • Chest wall and thoracic mobility
  • Strengthening muscles important for posture and breathing
  • Education and teaching of airway clearance techniques
  • Aerobic and anaerobic activities
  • Education of appropriate exercise parameters
  • Reconditioning of the heart and lungs


We offer physical therapy services to address physical problems and activity limitations for the following heart and lung disorders:

  • Heart failure, myocardial infarction
  • Post heart transplant
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Heart valve disorders
  • Pulmonary dysfunction (COPD, emphysema)
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices


American Heart Association

Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab AACVPR Patient Resource

Physical Therapists

Our faculty provides the highest level of care by incorporating best practices and clinical expertise to provide customized care for each patient.

Geoff Cariker, PT, DPT, GCS

Lauren Decker, PT, DPT

Janelle Gilmer, PT, DPT, GCS

Stefan Loop, PT, DPT

Valerie Mumper, PT, DPT

Scott Russell, PT, DPT, GCS, CCS


Location and Hours

Physical therapy for heart and lung care is offered at the following location:

Keck Hospital of USC