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Amy Martha Pastva

Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy
DUMC 104002, Durham, NC 27710
311 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


The major themes that embody Dr. Pastva's scholarly pursuits include:  a) mechanisms of physical reserve and resilience; b) rehabilitation strategies for improving the health and function of individuals living with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and/or surviving critical illness; and c) pedagogical strategies that will optimize health professions curricula to address clinical practice expectations in aging and acute or critical illness. In addition to her faculty appointments, she is Director of Research in the Physical Therapy Division, a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, a Duke Pepper Older American Independence Center (OAIC) Scholar, and co-lead of the Center’s Health and Mobility Measures Core. She serves as an advisor in Duke Health's Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program. She also serves on the American Physical Therapy Association’s ICU Rehabilitation Clinical Guideline Development Group, on the Research Committee of its Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Academy, and on the Editorial Board of the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery · 2022 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor in Medicine · 2022 - Present Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Medicine
Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2022 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Professor in Cell Biology · 2022 - Present Cell Biology, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2023 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute · 2023 - Present Duke Clinical Research Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Alabama, Birmingham · 2004 Ph.D.