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Kavork Hagopian, PT, DPT, MBA, FAAOMPT

Kavork Hagopian, PT, DPT, MBA, FAAOMPT
Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Dr. Hagopian serves as an assistant professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Hagopian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He coordinates courses in the Clinical Skills Series, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Practice Issues Series, and the Professional Practicum. His current research emphasis is on student learning in physical therapy and clinical education. Dr. Hagopian continues to practice in the out-patient physical therapy setting.

Research Interests

  • Changes, challenges, and successes in clinical education from the directors of clinical education perspective.
  • Students’ perceptions regarding their confidence in knowledge, skills, and collaboration in different physical therapy education models.

Selected Presentations

  • Hagopian KE. Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Lower Extremity Amputations. Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthotic Center Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Class. Invited lecture: April 2023.
  • Hagopian KE, Gatia T, Johnson H, Meier M, Riahi A, Steuck J, Swanson A. Student Perceptions Regarding their Confidence in Knowledge, Skills, and Collaboration Throughout the First Year Didactic Portion of Entry-Level DPT Program During the Covid-19 Pandemic. REVITALIZE conference. Virtual: April 2023.
  • Hagopian KE, Thomas A. Clinical Diagnosis & Management of the Big 3 Shoulder Pathologies: Subacromial Pain Syndrome, Rotator Cuff Tears, and Labral Tears Utilizing the Human Movement System Classification System. Educational Session. Illinois Physical Therapy Association; REVITALIZE conference. Virtual; April 2022. 
  • Hagopian KE, Davenport J, Esmundo J, Fulks J, Hackel K, Huor D, Lopez E. Frequency, Awareness, and Reporting of Sexual Harassment in the Clinic: A Survey of Third Year Doctor of Physical Therapy Students. Poster presentation. American Physical Therapy Association; Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, TX; February 2022. 
  • Hagopian KE. Treatment of Chronic Unilateral Cervical & Shoulder Pain with a Combined Manual Therapy & Movement Systems Impairment Approach: A Case Report. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy Annual Conference 2020. Virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois
  • Master of Business Administration
    Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
    Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
    Pre-Medical Studies and Biology


  • APTA Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Certified Clinical Specialist Geriatric Physical Therapy (2002-2012)

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • APTA Academy of Education
    • APTA Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Academy of Amputation and Limb Loss Physical Therapy – Executive Committee Treasurer 
  • American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists - Fellow