Dr. Irion began his academic career with a PhD in physiology and two post-doctoral fellowships before landing a position teaching physiology to physical therapy students. He then embarked on his physical therapist education while still teaching full time. He received his PhD in physiology at Temple University and BS in physical therapy at the University of Central Arkansas.
Dr. Irion was one of the earliest wound management specialists recognized by the American Board of Wound Management in its inaugural year of 1997 and was recertified in 2008.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati
Post-doctoral fellowship in maternal-fetal circulation
Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Post-doctoral fellowship in microcirculation
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
M.Ed. Exercise Physiology
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
B.S., Physical Therapy
His areas of teaching currently include basic PT skills, integumentary (wound care), cardiopulmonary physical therapy, histology, and pathophysiology. He has also taught basic and clinical sciences such as physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology.
He is the author of Comprehensive Wound Management, now in its second edition, a textbook geared specifically for the education of entry-level students. Both the first and second editions of this book have been translated into Brazilian Portuguese. Other books include a physiology textbook written specifically for physical therapy students and a women’s health textbook.
He also authored the chapter on lab values in the last two editions of Goodman’s Pathophysiology textbook.
He has been active in research with more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has received several research grants.
Areas of service include Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy, the official publication of the Academy of Acute Care, APTA. Dr. Irion is the founding editor of the Journal, which started publication in 2010.
He has been a State Chapter Treasurer, the Director of Research for the Section on Women’s Health, and is a member of the task force currently working on developing a Wound Management Specialization within the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties.
He received the prestigious Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2013.
Dr. Irion is certified as a level 1 track and field coach and currently trains for and competes in Master’s track and field.