Dr. Anthony Delitto is a professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Director of Research Comprehensive Spine Center at UPMC as well as Vice President for Education and Research Centers for Rehabilitation Services (formerly CORE Network). Dr. Delitto earned his BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY-Buffalo and his MHS/PT and PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Delitto is primarily interested in conducting evidence-based studies in rehabilitation settings, particularly in populations who have musculoskeletal dysfunction (e.g., low back pain). Previous research projects studied the functional impact of PENS for 65+ chronic low back pain, which aimed to test the effectiveness of PENS in reducing the pain intensity in community-dwelling older adults with CLBP and of combining PENS with a general conditioning and aerobic exercise program (GCAE) to improve the pain-related disability of these patients. Dr. Delitto also conducted a randomized clinical trial of treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, which compared patient outcomes and evaluated gender differences after non-surgical or surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis.
Dr. Delitto is the president of the Section on Research in the American Physical Therapy Association as well as on the Doctoral Research Awards Committee and Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the New Zealand Centre for Physiotherapy Research, University of Otago; the Medical and Scientific Committee of the Arthritis Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Chapter; and the ALS Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter. He is a recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award, which is presented by the American Physical Therapy Association and which honors the member whose contributions to the Association as a whole have been of exceptional value, as well as the John HP Maley Award, which the Association gives to those who provide outstanding contributions to leadership in research.
Anthony Delitto Ph.D, PT
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