R Scott Ward


R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, FAPTA is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Ward is on staff at the University of Utah Burn Center. Dr. Ward values the time he spends working with students and colleagues and considers their positive experience a priority.  He is a very involved in the classroom, teaching several courses (e.g., Pathophysiology, Professional Issues, Wound and Burn Management, Doctoral Seminar, etc.) through the entire year.

In 2018, Dr. Ward became a Certified Burn Therapist (BT-C) credentialed by the American Burn Association (ABA). This certification was one that Dr. Ward and colleagues had advocated for over many years as a recognition of specialization and advanced practice of physical and occupational therapists in the care and management of patients with burn injury. He served on the development committee for this certification and currently is a member of the ABA Professional Certification Committee, which oversees the process of reviews of applicants for certification. He served the ABA as a member of its Board of Trustees for six years and as member and chair of the ABA Rehabilitation Committee for six years. He was awarded the Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service Award from the ABA in 2009.

Dr. Ward’s service extends beyond his involvement in the ABA and at the University of Utah.  He recently completed two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.  He has served the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in many leadership positions, including six years as President and as a member of the APTA Board of Directors.