Faculty Bio

Steven Z. George

PT, PhD, FAPTA

Steven George PT, PhD, FAPTA completed his clinical training at West Virginia University, research training at the University of Pittsburgh, and post-doctoral training at the University of Florida.  After working full time clinically for 6 years, he transitioned into a research career that has focused on improving the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders.  Dr. George’s long term goals are to 1) improve accuracy for predicting who is going to develop chronic pain; and 2) identify non-pharmacological treatment options that limit the development of chronic pain conditions. 

Dr. George is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain often attending annual conferences and serving on committees.  His research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Brooks Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, University of Florida, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. George and his collaborators have authored over 190 peer-reviewed publications in leading physical therapy, rehabilitation, and pain research journals.  He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Physical Therapy and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Pain.  Dr. George is also a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. 

Dr. George has been recognized with prestigious research awards from several professional associations including the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society and International Association for the Study of Pain.  In 2016 Dr. George was recognized by the Florida Physical Therapy Association with the Scholarly Impact on Practice Award. This award acknowledges dedicated scholarly activity that has made a meaningful difference to clinical practice by physical therapists in Florida.  Also in 2016 the American Physical Therapy Association recognized Dr. George as the Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific writing in recognition of his contributions to Physical Therapy.  Finally, Dr. George was the 21st John H.P. Maley Lecturer entitled “Pain Management: Road to Revolution” in which he outlined priorities in education, practice, and research for improving management of musculoskeletal pain conditions by physical therapists.  

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