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The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast

Apr 15, 2019

Dr. James Gordon (2014 McMillan Lecturer & 2011 Cerasoli Lecturer) comes onto HET Podcast to chat with Stephanie about his McMillan lecture, consolidation of PT programs, the student debt crisis, the Flexner report, his vision for PT education, & much more.

 USC Physical Therapy Program

45th Mary McMillan Lecture: "If Greatness Is a Goal" Video

 Gordon, J. (2014). 45th Mary McMillan Lecture: If Greatness Is a Goal…. Physical Therapy, 94(10), 1518–1530. doi:10.2522/ptj.2014.mcmillan.lecture

APTA McMillan Lectures

Gordon J (2011) Excellence in Academic Physical Therapy: What Is It and How Do We Get There? (Pauline Cerasoli Lecture) Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 25(3):8-13. 

Synopsis of Dr. Gordon's Cerasoli Lecture

Medical Education Flexner Report

CAPTE Website






James Gordon is professor and associate dean of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. He received his BS in Physical Therapy in
1974 from the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center. He then worked for 6 years as a physical therapist in acute care, rehabilitation, and home care settings before entering graduate school. In 1985, he was awarded an EdD in Movement Science at Teachers College, Columbia University.

After graduation, Dr. Gordon worked as a researcher with a focus on the neural control of movement, especially the roles of proprioceptive information in control of reaching movements.
He has held full-time faculty positions in the physical therapy departments at Columbia University, New York Medical College, and University of Southern California. He is recognized
for his lectures and writings on applying research in motor control and motor learning to neurological rehabilitation. He also co-authored a text on documentation and clinical decision-
making in physical therapy, now in its third edition.

Long active in APTA, Dr. Gordon is a member of the Education Section, Neurology Section, and Section on Research. Among many other accomplishments, he co-directed PTClinResNet, a
groundbreaking Foundation of Physical Therapy‒funded clinical research network. He has been an advocate for excellence in academic physical therapy, and most recently he played a leading
role in the formation of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. Dr. Gordon became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA in 2005. He was chosen to deliver the Education Section’s Pauline Cerasoli Lecture in 2011 and the APTA’s Mary McMillan Lecture in 2014.

In his McMillan speech, he said, “We are the architects of our profession’s future. Through our efforts today, we design and build the foundations and frameworks that will make it possible for
a strong and vibrant and creative profession to emerge in the next decade, in the next 40 years, in the next century.”

 Dr. Gordon’s complete bio 

You can contact Dr. Gordon at  He especially welcomes comments and questions about issues related to physical therapy education and research.


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