Paul Begala to Deliver Keynote Address at APTA’s Annual Conference

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 8, 2011 — Paul Begala, CNN political analyst, will address more than 2,700 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and physical therapy students during the opening ceremonies of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Annual Conference & Exposition (PT 2011) on Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

"Paul Begala is one of the top political analysts in Washington," said APTA Vice President of Government & Payment Advocacy Justin Moore, PT. "His insight into the political landscape surrounding Congress continues to inform policy leaders and assist them in navigating these challenging times. With health care continuing to be a leading issue in Congress, Begala will provide his commentary on what to expect for the remainder of the 112th Congress, the election of 2012, and what it means to physical therapy."

A frequent political contributor on CNN's "The Situation Room," Begala is also a best-selling author and an affiliated professor of public policy at Georgetown University. He formerly co-hosted "Crossfire," CNN's popular political debate program. In 1992, Begala became a fixture in the national political scene after the consulting firm he and fellow Democratic strategist James Carville started, Carville & Begala, helped President Bill Clinton get elected. He served the Clinton administration as a counselor and close advisor to the president and as a principal public spokesman.

PT 2011 will take place from June 8-11. Other conference highlights include the Oxford Debate, an interactive discussion during which the audience shares opinions and challenges featured debaters, Friday, June 10, 5:30-6:30 pm. Billed as APTA's highest honor, the 42nd McMillan Lecture, "Learning: What Matters Most," will be given by Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Friday, June 10, 11:00 am - noon. The 16th Maley Lecture, "Advances in Oncology: Implications and Opportunities for Physical Therapy," given by Charles L. McGarvey, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA, will take place Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am -11:00 am.

Other conference highlights include: 

  • PT Day on Capitol Hill 
  • More than 100 educational sessions presented by top leaders in the profession
  • Access to more than 300 exhibitors demonstrating the latest cutting edge physical therapy technology and equipment
  • Resource Center featuring the latest physical therapy products and publications
  • Poster presentations of original scientific data displayed in the exhibit hall
  • Opportunities to attend a variety of networking and social events
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy dinner dance, "National Treasurers"

Founded in 1921, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 77,000 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 Join us on Twitter (@APTAtweets) and Facebook.