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Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has been named editor-in-chief of PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal, APTA's scientific journal. George will serve a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2024, succeeding Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

George is a Laszlo Ormandy Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and vice chair of research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University. He also serves as therapeutic area lead for musculoskeletal and surgical sciences at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

George has authored or co-authored over 320 peer-reviewed publications in leading physical therapy, medical, orthopedic, rehabilitation, and pain research journals. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. In addition, George has been recognized with several prestigious APTA awards, is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the association, and was the presenter of the 21st John H.P. Maley Lecture. He currently serves as a deputy editor for PTJ.

In an APTA news release, George said that he was "honored and humbled" to be named to the position.

"As incoming editor-in-chief, I look forward to building on the strong foundation established by current and prior editors Alan Jette, Rebecca Craik, and Jules Rothstein," George said. "During my tenure, I expect to continue to strengthen PTJ's well-respected reputation both inside and outside APTA to ensure it provides the scientific evidence necessary for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to improve the health of society." 

Founded in 1921, PTJ is an official publication of the American Physical Therapy Association and is an international scholarly peer-reviewed journal. PTJ is available for free to APTA members.

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