Episode 106 Chaser – Spinal Cord Injuries with Andrew Guccione


Episode 106 Chaser

In this episode, Jimmy interviews Andrew Guccione, founder of the Department of Rehabilitation Science at George Mason University and publisher of a textbook on geriatric physical therapy. Jimmy drinks a cinnamon ale while Andrew enjoys a pinot noir. Andrew talks about how he started a multidisciplinary program to treat spinal cord injury patients.

Andrew Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Andrew has been in the field of PT for 38 years and an APTA member for every one of them. He’s been Speaker of the House of Delegates and gave the McMillan lecture in 2010. He has a textbook in geriatric physical therapy which has been issued in 3 editions and translated into Portuguese and Polish.

Founded the Department of Rehabilitation Science at George Mason University in 2011. Started as a PhD program, but now has the first undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science in Virginia.

Contact Andrew Guccione

Website: http://http://chhs.gmu.edu/rehabscience/

Email: aguccion@gmu.edu

Episode 106 Shoutouts

Cynthia Zadai, PT, DPT, CCS, FAPTA

Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH

Shirley A. Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Tiffany Piquilloud, PT, MSPT, NCS

Episode Highlights

(4:26) Nick Balenger spoke highly of your program. How did the program begin?

(9:37) Andrew poses a research question to his multidisciplinary program about treating spinal cord injury patients.

(15:05) Using your theories, how do you treat patients with varying goals?

(17:55) Andrew talks about how they incorporate exercises and tasks during training.

(19:27) Where does Nick fall in the spectrum of patients to come through your program?

(21:17) What gave the best results in treatment, high or low tech?

(23:27) Is it this the first program of this type?

(24:52) What’s the inclusion criteria to get into the program as a patient?

(31:26) If you could live and practice anywhere in the U.S., where would it be?

(32:07) What is the last thing that you read and enjoyed?

(35:30) What did you mean when you said, “The movement system is a great brand, too bad there isn’t a product”?

(39:50) Andrew talks about the APTA’s vision statement.


#partingshots Your patients are your best teachers. Most people are just trying to hold it together because their lives are probably harder than you know. We are a part of that and should approach them with humility.


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