Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is a professor at Duke University and the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a Category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 19 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He received his BS in physical therapy from Maryville University (St. Louis) in 1990 and his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2003.
Dr. Cook received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cook has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and has keynoted on six continents and in numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their second editions and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has a long-standing history of service roles as an editor-in-chief or associate/special topics editor for multiple journals, including JOSPT and BJSM. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley Career Achievement Award, and is the 2005 winner of the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. Dr. Cook was the Pauline Cerasoli lecturer in 2017. In addition, Dr. Cook is the 2011 winner and the 2012 and 2013 cowinner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.
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