Martha Macht Sliwinski, PT, PhD


Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUMC
Program in Physical Therapy


PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University
MA, Pathokinesiology, New York University
BS, Physical Therapy, Temple University

Professional Expertise

Rehabilitation of neurological dysfunction specifically related to spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

National Trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association's Clinical Instructor

Education and Credentialing Program Level I (June, 1997 - present), Level I &#38 Level II (July 2008 to present)

APTAnj Delegate to National House of Delegates 2011 to present


Serve as Faculty advisor for the Columbia Student Medical Outreach (CoSMO), a student-run free clinic serving the medical needs of the local Washington Heights community.

Research Interests

Gait analysis
Recovery and Management following Spinal Cord Injury
Women’s Health

Teaching Responsibilities

Examination and Evaluation
Concepts in Therapeutic Exercise
PT Management of the Adult with Neurological Conditions I (with Drs. Clare Bassile and Ashwini Rao)
PT Management of the Adult with Neurological Conditions II
PT Management of the Adult with Neurological Conditions III (with Drs. Clare Bassile and Ashwini Rao)
Health Education and Promotion in Physical Therapy Practice
Service Learning Elective (Initiated 2011, Guatemala)

Scholarly Productivity

Recent Publications

Macht Sliwinski M, Sisto S (2006). Gait, Quality of Life and Their Association Following Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Sliwinski M, Sisto S, Batavia M, Chen B, Forrest G F. (2004). Dynamic stability during walking following unilateral total hip arthroplasty. Gait & Posture. 19(2):141-147.

Sliwinski M, Schultze K, Lyon Hansen R, Malta S, Babyar SR. (2004). Clinical performance expectations: A comparison of students, clinical instructors and academic faculty. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 18(1):50-57.

Babyar SR, Rosen E, Sliwinski M, Krasilovsky G, Holland T, Lipovac M (2003). Physical therapy sudent’s self reports of development of clinical reasoning: A survey. Journal of Allied Health Education. 32(4):227-239.MD).


Sisto S, Druin E, Sliwinski M. Eds. and authors (2009). “Spinal Cord Injuries Management and Rehabilitation” Philadelphia: Elsevier (2009).

Recent Presentations

Kolodny R, Sliwinski M, Granick R, Morrone T, Turano J.Clinical mentorship: A precursor to the first full-time clinical experience. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 2006.

Sliwinski M, Sisto S. Gait symmetry in the healthy older adults. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2005.

Sliwinski M, Sisto S. A measure of dynamic stability. American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL, June, 2004.

Sliwinski M, Bond Q, Sisto S. Total hip arthroplasty: Interlimb comparison during single limb support. NJ American Physical Therapy State Conference, March, 2003.

Garrett B, McClure I, Sisto S, Sliwinski M, Forrest G. Body weight support tread mill training for a patient with incomplete subacute spinal cord injury in the acute rehabilitation setting. NJ American Physical Therapy State Conference, March, 2003.

Sliwinski M, Sisto S, Bond Q. Quality of life after unilateral total hip arthroplasty. Clinical Trials Proceedings November 2002.

Bond Q, Sisto S, Sliwinski M, Forrest G, Elovic E, Kirschblum S. Changes in presentation of center of mass during gait following chemodenervation of the lower muscles in incomplete spinal cord injury: A pilot study. GCSM Proceedings, April 2002.

Sliwinski, M., Buccieri, K, Malta, S., Recker-Hughes, C., Kolodziej, T., Krencicki, D., Dori-Calise, S. Development of a Clinical Instructor Survey: A Suggestion from the Field. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, February 2002.

Sliwinski M, Sisto S. Improvement in walking following home exercise instruction: A case study. NJ American Physical Therapy State Conference, March, 2001.

Sliwinski M, Bond Q, Schneider N, Sisto S. A pilot study of the age effects on Three-Dimensional Center of Mass Control during step-up and step-down tasks in females. NJ American Physical Therapy Association State Conference, March, 2000.

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