By unanimous vote, orthopedic surgeon Michael J. Axe, MD, became an honorary APTA member during the 2014 House of Delegates, June 9-11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Called a "friend to physical therapy" in the resolution for his membership, Axe was recognized for his extensive contributions to rehabilitation research and his team approach that includes physical therapists' diagnostics in sports medicine and patient and client care, according to the support statement accompanying the motion. Axe became the 41st honorary member of the association [RC 19-14].
"He recognizes that surgery, his specialty, is just 1 component of the total picture of rehabilitation," Delaware Delegate Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS, said on the House floor in presenting the motion.
Axe has contributed to research for a variety of patient populations and conditions, including ACL tears, return-to-play management after injury or surgery, knee osteoarthritis, and throwing injuries in baseball. He also has dedicated significant time to teaching entry-level physical therapist students.
In accepting the membership honor, Axe showed yet another area in which he supports APTA and the profession. Having been convinced that "when a PT is employed by a physician the honesty of the relationship has been compromised," he said, "my colleagues are well aware of my negative stance on physician ownership of physical therapy." The remark received a standing ovation.
APTA members can view videos of all open sessions of the 2014 House of Delegates online. Final language for all actions taken by the House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.
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