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ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 12, 2010 — Ira Gorman, PT, is the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) 2010 Federal Legislative Award. The award is given to an APTA member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in federal legislative issues and promotes initiatives that preserve, protect, and advance the practice of physical therapy.
Gorman is assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver. He is a member of APTA's Health Policy and Administration, Education, Neurology, and Private Practice sections. Gorman has served as Colorado Chapter Chief Delegate to APTA's House of Delegates (2006-2008) and as Chair on the Colorado Chapter Referral for Profit Task Force. He has presented at numerous APTA conferences. In 2005, Gorman received the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from APTA's Colorado Chapter. The Chapter also bestowed on him the 2004 Bob Doctor Service Award.
Gorman received this latest award at APTA's Federal Advocacy Forum, an annual educational event that focuses on educating members of Congress about physical therapy issues. Of the association's 22 forums, Gorman has attended 9.
"Ira has been an active leader and participant in physical therapy advocacy efforts for a number of years," said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "He has served the association for many years and in many capacities creating personal relationships with federal legislators. Ira also goes to great lengths to include his students in the legislative process by incorporating advocacy in his curriculum."
Gorman holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from SUNY at Stony Brook, School of Allied Health Professions in New York. Additionally he has a bachelor's degree in biological science from SUNY.
Founded in 1921, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. For more information about APTA visit www.apta.org. Join us on Twitter (@APTAtweets) and Facebook.