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Timothy L. Kauffman named APTA Fellow.

Timothy L. Kauffman, PT, MS, PhD, FGSA, FAPTA, has had a long-term impact on the definition of physical therapist intervention for geriatric patients, and the promotion of physical therapists among other players in the health care profession.

Kauffman is in private practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has held instructorships at an array of institutions, including Columbia University, Lebanon Valley College, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Baylor University. Kauffman received a PhD from LaSalle University, Mandeville, Louisiana; MS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond; certificate in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and BA in political science from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Kauffman’s advocacy efforts began in the 1970s, when he advocated for causes such as direct access, gender equality, children’s access to medical care, and health physical activity while serving in the Army. When Kauffman entered private practice, he developed a passion for helping older adults improve the aging process and began researching the ability of this patient group to exercise similarly to younger adults. This methodology has changed the way physical therapists prescribe exercise to older populations and started his advocacy to improve the effectiveness of interventions and quality of life for older adults. Via research and publications, Kauffman has promoted effective intervention for the older adult on national and international levels; a recent international engagement on this topic was via Health Volunteer Overseas in Suriname, where he taught and served as a resource as faculty gained familiarity with the new material. Additionally, Kauffman was lead editor on A Comprehensive Guide to Geriatric Rehabilitation, now in its third edition, which physical therapy students use worldwide to learn more about interventions and conditions that affect the geriatric patient. Legislatively, Kauffman has been instrumental in creating change in the areas of promotion of physical therapy, elimination of physician-owned clinics, and payment for physical therapist services.

An APTA member since 1970, Kauffman has served as a member of the geriatric, oncology, and sports sections. He received the Lucy Blair Service Award in 1996. For the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Kauffman has held the posts of archivist, research committee chair, and on the Board of Directors, among others. He is a past recipient of the section’s Joan Mills Award, Service Award and was named Clinician of the Year in 2004. Kauffman is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

APTA congratulates Timothy L. Kauffman on his distinguished career and longtime dedication to the profession as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Becoming a Catherine Worthingham Fellow is a tremendous honor yet humbling because our profession is immensely rewarding, challenging and comprehensive – from conception to death. I wish to thank all of my patients and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, US Army, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and Gerontological Society of America. I thank Professors Baethke, Carlin, Michaels, Day, Granick, Myers and Ramsden. Also thanks especially to my good colleague John Barr and to Mike Moran, Ron Scott, Pam Reynolds and Osa Jackson. This could not have happened without the constant and enduring love of my wife Brenda, my parents Walter and Lillian Kauffman, Robert and Lois Shrum, and our son Ben and his wife Beth with whom I work and our daughter Emily and her husband Brian. Thanks to the many visionaries in our profession whose work and ideas, have influenced me with the goal to help humankind.