5th Annual Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lecture

Thursday, March 8, 2018

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

UAB National Alumni Society House
1301 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

ShieldsRichard 1Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Shields received a bachelor’s degree in biology, a post baccalaureate degree in physical therapy (Mayo Clinic), a master’s in exercise physiology, and a PhD with emphasis in movement control (University of Iowa). Dr. Shields managed the acute spinal cord injury program at the University of Iowa for several years. He developed lines of research related to how various doses of stress impact tissue health in people with central nervous system injury. His work strives to improve the health quality of individuals who suffer from reduced activity from paralysis, obesity, injury, or age. His research has been funded for the last 20 years by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and several private foundations. Dr. Shields has published over 100 scientific papers and has delivered over 200 scientific presentations. He was the recipient of the Iowa Neurology Clinical Research Award, the APTA Neurology Section Research Excellence Award, the University of Iowa Outstanding Mentor and Teaching Award, the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Alumnus Award, the APTA Williams Research Award, the research section’s Maley Research Award, named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the APTA, delivered the 48th Mary McMillan Lecture at the APTA National Meeting, and received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Iowa. He is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences within the Carver College of Medicine, at the University of Iowa.