The Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy hosted its 24th annual Greene Memorial Lecture in Physical Therapy on Wednesday, April 21, featuring a discussion and Q&A “fireside chat” with lecturer Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and led by host Angela Campbell, DPT, Springfield College professor of physical therapy.
During this webinar, Shields, a professor, chair, and department executive officer of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, discussed a range of his research interests from epigenomics to measures of quality and benchmarking in physical therapist education. He has contributed to the physical therapy profession as a clinician, scientist, and academic leader.
Shields managed the acute spinal cord injury program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for several years. He holds medical device patents for inventions that he designed to log and deliver therapeutic stress to tissues of people with paralysis. Shields’ clinical research strives to improve the health of people who suffer from reduced activity due to paralysis, obesity, injury, or age. He has published more than 125 scientific papers and has delivered 200-plus invited scientific presentations.
Shields has received several prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Gary L. Soderberg Endowed Professorship in Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Catawba College, a post-baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from the Mayo Clinic, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Iowa.
The Greene Memorial Lecture was initiated by Edwin Greene, a member of the Springfield College Class of 1935, in memory of his wife, Jean Greene. It is the premiere scholarly event of the Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy.