John LowmanJohn Lowman, PT, Ph.D, CCS, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, was elected July 1, 2012 as the chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  ABPTS is an 11 member board that oversees the eight different board-certified clinical specialties in physical therapy.

“I was honored to receive the confidence of my peers and to be elected to serve as the chair of ABPTS,” said Lowman.  “I look forward to this new role in helping guide the growth of specialization in physical therapy while maintaining high standards in the application and examination process.”


More than 11,000 individuals have been certified through ABPTS. The eight specialty areas include cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, sports and women’s health.


As a member of the board, Lowman will help develop the minimum requirements for certification and recertification to be used across all the specialty and approval of specialty-specific requirements developed by specialty councils. The board also approves certification and recertification of qualified candidates for specialist certification.

Lowman joined the Department of Physical Therapy faculty in 2005. He is a board-certified specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. He is an associate member of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and former chair of the exam development committee. Lowman is also an invited member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society’s Exercise Working Group, a global consortium working on exercise testing and prescription guidelines for persons with Cystic Fibrosis.