Rewriting the Textbook on Cancer Rehab

Studying for the Oncology Specialty exam was really challenging for a number of reasons. But one of the biggest was trying to piece together information from a bunch of resources, including articles written BEFORE I WAS BORN.

In research land, that’s like a billion years ago.

Unfortunately, the available textbooks aren’t much better.

Until now…

Drs. Deb Doherty, Lori Boright, & Chris Wilson have edited & compiled a tremendous brand new textbook that is designed just for us.

Written for rehab clinicians, by rehab clinicians.

About time.

They go behind the scenes of the creation of this textbook, what inspired this amazing work, what they included, what they’ll include in the next edition, & more.

Make sure to give it a listen!

Pre-order the book with my affiliate link Oncology Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Clinicians!

About Dr. Deb Doherty

Deborah Doherty is the Human Movement Science Department Chair and  Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University. She has been teaching gross anatomy and neuroanatomy to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Oakland University for the past 11 years. Dr. Doherty graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan, with a PhD in Anatomy.  Dr Doherty is also an advanced practitioner in the treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. Her research spans the focus areas of Anatomy, Interprofessional education and Oncology Rehabilitation.

About Dr. Lori Boright

Dr. Lori Boright is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  She received her DScPT and Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation from Oakland University, DPT from AT Still University, MPT from University of Michigan Flint, and BS in physiology from Michigan State University.  She is a Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist, credentialed by the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute.  Her research agenda focuses on primary and secondary disease prevention inclusive of prehabilitation for a variety of cancer diagnoses and upstreaming initiatives for community and population health promotion. 

Dr. Boright is a practicing physical therapist at Ascension South East Michigan, where she is responsible for leading clinical research initiatives and the statewide development of Oncology Rehabilitation across care settings.

Dr. Boright currently serves the American Physical Therapy Association Michigan as Chair of the Oncology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, the first state-level rehabilitation special interest group dedicated to advocacy and clinical best practice development for persons with oncology diagnoses. 

About Dr. Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson PT, DScPT, DPT is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and was the founding Residency Program Director for the Beaumont Health Oncology Residency, the first accredited residency program for physical therapists in the United States. His clinical focus is Acute Care Oncology and Palliative Care. He is active in clinical research in the areas of Oncology, Hospice/Palliative Care and Geriatrics. Dr. Wilson received his Doctor of Science from Oakland University. He received his transitional DPT from University of St. Augustine with a Primary Care Certification and his Masters in PT from Oakland University. He has been Board Certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 2008. Chris has been awarded the Flomenholft Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy in 2022 and the Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2015 from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Wilson is a prolific writer and researcher. He has published the book entitled Physical Activity and Rehabilitation in Life Threatening Illness by Routledge in 2021 and is the co-editor of the forthcoming textbook entitled Oncology Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Clinicians to be released by Elsevier in Fall 2022. He has published over 35 full-length peer reviewed articles and many invited publications. Chris has just completed two terms as the Vice President of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy and he was previously the Academy’s Hospice Special Interest Group Chair and as the global coordinator of the Hospice/Palliative Care subgroup for World Physiotherapy’s International HIV, Oncology, Palliative care (IPT-HOPE) subgroup. Chris was the primary author and sponsor of the APTA’s positions on hospice/palliative care, diet and nutrition, and medical necessity in the presence of declining conditions.

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