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Dr. Patrick Pabian is the Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida, where he administrates all functions of the professional doctoral program and all of its related initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Education Leadership Institute of the American Physical Therapy Association, and Board-certified as both a Sports and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. In addition he is the Vice Chair and Education Liaison for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy, a gubernatorial appointment upon which he serves the public through administration and oversight of all PT/PTA licensees in the state of Florida. He possesses an accomplished scholarly research agenda, which traverses areas of sports medicine, issues in professional education, interprofessional education, and interdisciplinary patient care.

  • P.T.
  • D.P.T., Physical Therapy
  • SCS, Sports Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • OCS, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • ELI Fellow, Education Leadership Institute of the American Physical Therapy Association

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine:

  • Post-operative management of orthopedic and sports-related injuries, concussion management

Contemporary Issues in Professional Education:

  • Interprofessional Education, Clinical Education, Academic Administration in Professional Disciplines

Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Patient Care

Research Interests
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional practice
  • Contemporary issues in professional education
  • Strength and function recovery in post-surgical orthopedic interventions
  • Interventions and collaborative care in sports medicine
  • PHT 5125: Clincial Kinesiology
  • PHT 6242: Orthopedics
  • PHT 6070: Radiology
  • PHT 7779: Sports Physical Therapy
  • PHT 7919: Doctoral Research
  • Physical Therapy Students Expand Reach in the Community
    Students in UCF’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program are leading the charge on volunteer efforts in Central Florida. Ever since the doctoral program launched in 2010, organizations such as Disney...
  • UCF-Orlando Health Physical Therapy Residency in Neurology Gains National Accreditation
    Orlando’s first physical therapy residency program in neurology was accredited April 30 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health...
  • UCF Hosts First Go Baby Go! Global Summit
    Physical therapists from as far away as Israel gathered Jan. 20-21 at the College of Health and Public Affairs for the first global summit of the mobility project known as Go Baby Go! Joining the group...
  • Pabian Represents UCF at International Conference
    Patrick Pabian,  D.P.T., program director for the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program represented UCF and the physical therapy program as the opening guest speaker for the IX International Congress...
  • Students Care for Local Farmworkers at Free Clinics
    UCF physical therapy and social work students and faculty members were among the 60-some volunteers who offered two free health clinics last week for Apopka-area farmworkers and their families. They joined teams of UCF medical and...
  • UCF Go Baby Go! Receives President’s Award from National Down Syndrome Congress
    Jennifer Tucker spent much of her time at last week’s National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Orlando showcasing and leading efforts to enhance mobility in children with disabilities. But...
  • Physical Therapy Program Among Nation’s First to Adopt Anatomage Technology
    Watching his mother go through physical therapy after a rotator cuff injury inspired Christopher Atkinson to make physical therapy his career. Already into health and fitness and holding a bachelor’s...
  • Gov. Scott Appoints Pabian to State’s Physical Therapy Board
    Gov. Rick Scott has appointed UCF faculty member Patrick Pabian to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy for a three-year term. Pabian (right) is director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy...