Ethan Hood, PT, DPT, MBA, NCS, GCS
Dr. Hood is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He earned his Bachelor's of Health Sciences and Master of Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formally the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science). He went on to earn his Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and his transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University.
Clinical Experience/ Expertise
Dr. Hood has over 20 years of clinical experience, including practice in acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, and outpatient neuro. He currently practices in an outpatient neuro setting specializing in balance, falls, and concussion management. He is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the ABPTS. He is a member of the APTA geriatric and neurologic sections, served as an item writer for the geriatric credentialing exam, and helped produce podcasts on various vestibular related topics. His area of expertise includes vestibular therapy, concussion management, balance and falls, and rehabilitation of neurological diseases. Dr. Hood has recently served as a regional director for a large healthcare organization managing multiple outpatient facilities. Dr. Hood has also provided consulting services to several healthcare organizations on developing vestibular programs and centers.
Dr. Hood’s teaching responsibilities are mostly in the second year of the curriculum. His primary responsibility is PT 642- Differential Diagnosis- Adult Neuro. He is also responsible for PT 681- Pharmacology, PT 790/793- special topics and lectures, and PT 740- Differential Diagnosis and Intervention- Special Topics.
Scholarship/ Research Interests
Dr. Hood has presented research at multiple national conventions on balance and falls and concussion management. He has performed numerous continuing education courses for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the management of dizziness, balance and falls, and concussion rehabilitation across the country. He has co-authored several articles on the role gait speed plays with fall risk. His current research interest includes the plasticity of the vestibular system and training for sports.
When not in the classroom, Dr. Hood enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys coaching his children’s lacrosse teams.