Amy M. Pastva, PT, MA, PhD, CHSE, is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine. She has a secondary appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Population Health Sciences, and Cell Biology.
In addition to her faculty appointments, she is a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and a member of the Duke Pepper Older American Independence Center's (OAIC) Physical Measures Core. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Duke Health Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program and the Duke Chancellor's Translating Duke Health Initiative in Cardiovascular Health. She also serves on the American Physical Therapy Association's ICU Rehabilitation Clinical Guideline Development Group and on the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section's Research Committee.
Dr. Pastva's research is dedicated to optimizing care transition and rehabilitative strategies for improving clinical and patient-centered outcomes and positively influencing physiological mechanisms of health, especially in populations with medical complexity and multiple chronic conditions. Her work has been funded by private foundations, the NIH and PCORI. She is also a seasoned educator with over twenty years of experience and has a particular interest in the use of simulation and team based-learning pedagogy in health professions curricula. She holds a B.S. in physical therapy, an M.A. in applied physiology, and a PhD in cellular and molecular physiology, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology.