Meryl Gersh, PT, PhD and professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, was recently selected as the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association Leadership Education Award, the highest honor given by the Education Section of the association.
Recruited as one of the first faculty in the EWU physical therapy program in 1984, Gersh has dedicated more than 30 years to physical therapy education. In 2010, Gersh was awarded both the EWU Trustee Medal and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington Physical Therapist of the Year award.
“[Gersh’s] contributions and ambassadorship for the field of physical therapy over the course of her career have clearly and definitively been an impactful force in advancing both physical therapy education and, indeed, the profession of physical therapy as a whole,” said Joe Palmer, director of clinical education at EWU, and Julie Bibo, therapy coordinator of clinical education at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, in their nomination letter of Gersh.
Gersh has published more than 55 publications and peer reviewed presentations during her career, and served as EWU’s department chair and various administrative roles at the national level. She has been on more than 40 committees, task forces and other distinct areas of service at all levels of physical therapy.
Her experience and service have made Gersh a recognized leader in physical therapy education.