As an alumnus of Columbia’s Physical Therapy program you are one of our most valuable resources.  This section of our website is dedicated to promoting and fostering an ongoing relationship with our alumni by linking you to important happenings and events.

The faculty hopes your education at Columbia was rewarding and that you feel proud to be a part of the Columbia family.  Your contributions on any level help us achieve our goals of continuing to educate and graduate students who will provide excellent standards of care. You can contribute by assisting in student recruitment, contribute financially, attending hosted continuing education courses, making a donation to the Program or by simply keeping in touch.

The Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy has a group on LinkedIn and a Facebook page.  And, you can follow us on Twitter! We invite you to join, post, and keep in touch with personal and professional happenings, events, career changes, etc.  We will keep you apprised of annual and special social events, continuing education offerings, etc. And we invite you to become part of our new Alumni Association-see below for details.



Want to reconnect with or stay in touch with your fellow PT alumni, be involved with the PT program, and organize alumni events and activities? Join the PT Program Alumni Association! If you are interested in participating, contact Vanessa Corwin,

Chelsea Macpherson, DPT Class of 2014


Check out our New video series featuring our Program in PT Alumni: “I am a Columbia Physical Therapist”


We would like to continue to post short news items from our grads about what you are doing. Please send us your updates for possible publication here and in future newsletters. Include your name, class and contact information. Send your news directly to Vanessa Corwin,  We look forward to hearing from you!

Alumni News

Julia Rosenthal, CUDPT 2017 has been accepted into a residency at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at the NYU Langone Medical Center.  

Lily Mercer, CUDPT 2016, published an article about nutrition and physical therapy in

She is currently working at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City, an orthopedic outpatient clinic that focuses on the treatment of the endurance athlete. Read the story.

Katie (Bigarel) Sewell, DPT 2012, has been accepted into a neurology residency program offered by Carolinas Heatthcare System and Wingate University in North Carolina.

Raymond Peralta, PT, DPT (CUDPT 2016) has been accepted into NYU's Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Yoshihiro Miura, DPT 2016, constructs  his thanks to classmates, faculty and staff.

Read the story.

Chris Margallo, CUDPT 2008, selected as a team PT at US Track & Field Olympic trials

Margallo also selected as National Team Staff for Team USA at IAAF World Race Walking Championships. Read the story.

Jessica Rector, PT, DPT, ATC, CUDPT 2016, accepted into  Women's Residency program

She will be at  at Good Shephard Penn Partners in Philadelphia, PA.

Nicole Elby, CUDPT 2016 accepted into USC Sports Residency Program

Nicole will be placed at Performance Physical Therapy, St. Johns Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

Alumni Profile: Kara Becker, CUDPT 2015

Dr. Becker is the first Columbia PT grad selected for a residency at Denver's Craig Hospital. Read the article here.

Alumni Profile: Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, (CUPT 1973)

Dr. Duncan is lead investigator on a major grant to redesign post acute care for stroke patients. Read the article here.

DPT Graduation Award Winners, Class of 2015

Here are the graduation award winners, CUDPT 2015. Congratulations to all!

DPT 2014 Grads Lend a Hand with Adaptive Rock Climbing Group

Aileen Chou (CUDPT 2014) was mentioned in a recent New York Times article about an adaptive rock climbing group which trains amputees in Brooklyn, NY.  She and other CUDPT alums volunteered their services with this organization. Check out the slide show for her photo. Other CUDPT 2014 grads who volunteered were Cara McCoy, Jennifer Ren, Parisa Karimi, and Doug Kechijan.  Aileen is currently a PT at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases/Rusk Rehabilitation and continues to do research with faculty member Dr. Ashwini Rao.

New Doctor of Physical Therapy Learned Benefits of Program Long Before Graduation

Nashwa Khalil knew the benefits of physical therapy long before she enrolled in the doctor of physical therapy program at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She began physical therapy as an infant after a birth injury that limited range of motion, strength and mobility in her left arm. The therapy continued through elementary school and she continues to do recommended exercises. Read full article.

Healing the World With Laughter, Physical Therapy

Special from The Record

If laughter is the best medicine, Mohamed Mohamed provides a double dose. The 24-year-old, who graduates this May from the College of Physicians and Surgeons with a doctorate in physical therapy, has been raising money for humanitarian groups like UNICEF by performing at New York City comedy clubs. Read Full Article

News & Events


REPORT FROM THE FIELD: APTA’S STUDENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP ON WOMEN’S HEALTH Claire Hamnett, CUDPT 2019, reflects on her experience as Assistant Director of ProgrammingRead more



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