Center of Excellence in Manual and Manipulative Therapy Center Funded


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, the Department of Orthopaedics, and the School of Medicine have approved the creation of a Center of Excellence in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (CEMMT). The Center will focus on the dissemination of evidence associated with manual therapies through “living” systematic reviews, a repository of study summaries, an active social media presence, a monthly blog, and patient-facing materials on its website. The Center has received a $250,000 donation from the Paris Family Foundation to cover the costs of the Center for five years.

Chad Cook

Dr. Chad Cook will be the Director of the Center of Excellence and Dr. Derek Clewley will serve as Associate Director. Both Dr. Cook and Clewley are active leaders and fellows in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Their goals will be to collaborate with the Duke DPT fellowship program and outside manual therapy thought leaders to disseminate correct and meaningful information to clinicians and patients.

Please join in congratulating Drs. Cook and Clewley and a special thanks to Dr. Cook for his hard work in facilitating this Center and securing the initial funding for it. This center will continue to elevate Duke DPT as one of the top programs in the nation.