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MON 23 OCT // PART 1: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM // PART 2: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)

Exploration of current evidence for rehabilitation for the critically ill population will be reviewed. Safety criteria, examination schemas, outcome measures and barriers to implementation will be discussed.


  1. Understand the risks associated with critical illness and the burden of survivorship
  2. Describe a framework for selection and implementation of patients appropriate for physical rehabilitation
  3. Synthesise/critically appraise applicable outcome measures and rehabilitation interventions spanning the continuum of care
  4. Develop strategies to translate evidence into clinical practice
  5. Explain systems of care which encourage multi-team collaboration


Amy Pastva, PhD, PT
Duke University Physical Therapy Program

Amy Nordon-Craft, DSc, PT
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Daniel Malone, PhD, PT
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Kirby Mayer, DPT
University of Kentucky


Dr. Amy Pastva consistently presents national and international conferences such as the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, American Thoracic Society International Meeting, and CHEST International Conference. She teaches courses in physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary patient management, and evidence-based practice. In addition to her appointment in the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, she holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Cell Biology and is a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She has participated at the principal investigator or co-investigator levels on university-, foundation-, and NIH- and PCORI-funded projects where she developed or assisted in the development of innovative rehabilitative strategies for medically complex patients. Dr. Pastva has active research collaborations with universities and hospitals in North America, Australia, and Africa. She serves as a mentor in the Duke Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT Residency Program. She serves as a reviewer for journals such as Critical Care Medicine. She is a member of the Research Committee of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section and Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the Physical Therapy Management of Critically Ill Patients of the APTA.

Amy Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc, is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Nordon-Craft is part of a research team, which recently completed a controlled trial investigating early rehabilitation for patients who required mechanical ventilation for 4 days and is a member of the APTA sponsored Critical Illness Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Currently, her teaching focuses on the management of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction, clinical reasoning, and interprofessional education. Dr. Nordon-Craft consistently presents at conferences such as the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and NEXT Annual Conference as well as the American Thoracic Society PM&R meetings.

Daniel Malone, PT, PhD, CCS, is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine. A practicing clinician for over 20 years, Dr. Malone is a board certified specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy and is the current president of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He earned a Master of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1992, and a PhD in physiology with an emphasis in acute lung and respiratory muscle injury from the School of Medicine at Temple University in 2008.


Kirby Mayer is a second year doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program at the University of Kentucky (UK), College of Health Sciences. Kirby’s area of research emphasizes early rehabilitation interventions for patients with critical illness as well as the muscular mechanisms of critical illness atrophy. His research interests developed after working as a physical therapist in the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit (ICU) at UK-Chandler Hospital.  During his two years in the ICU, Kirby treated a variety of patients with critical illnesses including pre- and post-heart and lung transplantation, congestive heart failure, coronary-artery bypass grafts, and patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Kirby graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky, Center for Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky in 2014. Prior to physical therapy, he earned a bachelor of science in Human Nutrition. Kirby also believes in service-based learning.  He is a PT supervisor for the student-led pro-bono PT clinic at UK and travels regularly on medical brigades with a team of PT students to Ecuador.

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