Emory & Henry College has named Dr. Kamran Tavakol as director of its Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which is expected to launch in July 2014 at the E&H campus in Marion.
Before coming to Emory & Henry, Dr. Tavakol was an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Between 1998 and 2012, he served as associate professor at the Physical Therapy Department, Howard University in Washington, DC. He was the chairman of the Physical Therapy Department at Howard University between 2000-2002.
Dr. Tavakol’s academic and administrative experience includes teaching basic science and clinical courses to students from health science disciplines including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy and nurse practitioner programs at Howard University up until 2012. His international academic experience includes visiting professor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation at Tehran University in Iran and as researcher with the Greek Research Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Tavakol postgraduate education includes Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in medical science from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and two fellowship studies in medical biochemistry. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from Tehran University in Tehran, Iran.
His extensive research has focused on such topics as articular cartilage preservation at tissue and cellular levels, molecular biochemistry, and neuroscience. Currently, his research focuses on changes in blood lipids profiles in healthy, young adults in response to aerobic exercise; the effect of aerobic exercise on recall memory and the immune system, and pharmacodynamics relevant to cardiovascular system disorders.
He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the Orthopedic Research Society, and the Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. Tavakol also serves as reviewer for several scientific and clinical journals.