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Mike Puthoff, PT, PhD, GCS

Professor and Dean


Teaches cardiopulmonary therapeutics, clinical exercise physiology, PT procedures, and topics in geriatrics. His research interests include measuring function in older adults and the relationship between muscle power and function in older adults.  

Dr. Puthoff is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy and has clinical experience in a multitude of settings. He is also Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of Iowa Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • MPT, Marquette University Physical Therapy
  • BA, Marquette University Psychology

Areas of Professional Interest


  • Geriatrics
  • Patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions

Highlights and Published Work


Puthoff ML, Youngs B. Cardiac Rehabilitation Leads to Improvements in Activity Limitations ­ Brief Report. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2017. Accepted.

Puthoff ML, Choffin BM. Improvements in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students' Health and Wellness Following a Six-Week Learning Experience. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA 2016 (Poster Presentation).

Hillegass E, Puthoff ML, Frese E, Thigpen M, Sobush DA, Auten, B. The Role of Physical Therapists in the Management of Individuals at Risk for or Diagnosed with Venous Thromboembolism -Executive Summary of An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline. Physical Therapy Journal. 2016 Feb;96(2):143-66. Note: Executive summaries of guidelines also published in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal and Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy.

Collins K, Puthoff ML. Detection of Cardiovascular System Issues in a Patient Referred for Balance Impairments. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 2015 (Poster Presentation).

Puthoff ML, Saskowski DA. Reliability and Responsiveness of Gait Speed, Five Times Sit to Stand and Hand Grip Strength for Patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2013; 24(1):31-37.

Puthoff ML. Smoking Cessation and the Physical Therapist. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/9618.

Puthoff ML, Youngs B. The Prevalence of Activity Limitations in Patients Entering Cardiac Rehabilitation. AACVPR National Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2013 (Poster Presentation)

Youngs B, Puthoff ML. Cardiac Rehabilitation Leads to Improvements in Functional Abilities. AACVPR National Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2013 (Poster Presentation)

Sutter J, Puthoff ML. Objective Gait and Upper Extremity Assessment in a Patient with Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Prospective Case Study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012 (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML, Saskowski DA. Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change for Physical Performance Measures in Cardiac Rehabilitation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012 (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML. Identifying and Managing Patients at Risk for Falls in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. AACVPR Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. September 2011

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More About Dr. Puthoff

Courses Taught

DPT 640 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics
DPT 560 Physical Therapy Procedures I
DPT 760 Physical Therapy Procedures II
DPT 635 Clinical Exercise Physiology
DPT 705 Issues in Research II

Certifications

Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
LSVT Big Certified Clinician

Honors and Awards

Marquette University College of Health Sciences Young Alumnus of the Year, 2014
St. Ambrose University Graduate Professor of the Year, 2008
Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 2007
Clinical Research Award, Iowa Physical Therapy Association, 2007
Adopt-A-Doc Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, 2006
Adopt-A-Doc Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, 2005

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