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A New Name

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences has been renamed the Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences to better reflect its mission.

That mission is to prepare individuals to practice in an evidence-based and ethical manner, respectful of patients and clients from all backgrounds, across the life span, and through the continuum of care.

“The breadth and depth of the work of our faculty have evolved and grown significantly in recent years,” said Reamer L. Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, DFAAPA, senior associate dean for health sciences and professor of physician assistant studies at SMHS. “Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences captures the broad array of education, clinical practice innovation, and research being accomplished.”

Joyce Maring, EdD, DPT, continues in her role as chair and associate professor of the newly renamed department; Ellen Costello, PhD, serves as director of the Physical Therapy Program.