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The ACRM Awards Committee and Archives Editorial Board are pleased to honor Amit Kumar, MPH, PhD with the 2020 Elizabeth & Sidney Licht Award for his paper, Use of Hospital-Based Rehabilitation Services and Hospital Readmission Following Ischemic Stroke in the United States. This award was presented on 23 October at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference.


Amit Kumar is the 2020 recipient of the ACRM Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award

“I wanted to take a moment to extend my most sincere thanks to ACRM for choosing our paper for the 2020 ACRM Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award. I would also extend heartfelt gratitude to my coauthors and funding agencies (CoHSTAR and NCMRR) for supporting this study. This will encourage other early career researchers to conduct health service and policy research in the field of rehabilitation.” —Amit Kumar


Dr. Amit Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Kumar is a clinical research scientist with expertise in health services and policy research. Dr. Kumar teaches a class on Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health to graduate students at Northern Arizona University. He is also adjunct faculty at Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Kumar’s studies health care disparities, with emphasis on quality of care in the post-acute settings and effects of social determinants of health on patient outcomes in older adults.

Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. in Population Health and MPH-Epidemiology from the University of Texas, Galveston, his MS in Health Care from the University of Pittsburgh, and BS in Physical therapy from Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. Dr. Kumar completed his postdoctoral fellowship in health service research at Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Dr. Kumar is the Principal Investigator of two federal grants funded by National Institute of Health, focusing on disparities in rehabilitation care, utilization, and outcomes in frail older adults. His research has been published in several noteworthy peer-reviewed clinical, geriatrics, and public health journals.



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