Mike Puthoff, PT, PhD

Professor and Dean

Teaches course in clinical exercise physiology and the physical therapy management of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Dr. Puthoff is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy.

His research interests are physical therapy management of individuals with venous thromboembolism and the detection of activity limitations in aging adults.

He also serves as Dean of Graduate Studies at St. Ambrose University.

Dr. Puthoff speaks at Matter of Balance courses throughout the Quad Cities. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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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

Participating in the commencement ceremonies each fall and spring is one of the highlights of being a faculty member at St. Ambrose. Seeing the joy and sense of accomplishment on our graduates' faces is so special. Graduation is about celebrating their successful education and beginning a new path in their personal and professional development.

Dr. Mike Puthoff, on his favorite Ambrose tradition


Currently studying the role of physical fitness screening in aging adults, their impression the screening tool's value, and how individuals use the results to change their activity levels and overall health.

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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; 37(6): 424-427.

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 - An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline. Physical Therapy Journal. 2016; 96(2): 143-66.

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).

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.

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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


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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