Stephanie J Hart-Hughes, PT, MSMS, NCS Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Geriatrics and Nursing Homes

Specialty Focus: Geriatric Falls, Fall-related standard of care, Fall risk assessment, Fall-related injury prevention, Customized fall interventions, Patient safety, Gait/Balance Disorders, Movement disorders, Skilled nursing facility, Long term care, Neurology, Physical therapy,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Education: Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy), McGill University; Master of Science in Medical Science (Clinical and Translational Research), University of South Florida

Years in Practice: >25


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Over 25 years of experience. APTA Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) specializing in treatment of patients with multiple neurological diagnoses, gait/balance disorders and elevated fall risk. Sixteen years of experience as physical therapy subject matter expert for the Veteran’s Health Administration in the areas of falls, balance/gait disorders and functional outcome measures. Founding member James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Falls Clinic and past core team member Injurious Falls Translational Team, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center. Co-author, Balance Assessment Handbook for Rehabilitation Therapists and author, Functional Balance Class Training Manual for VA National Center for Patient Safety Falls Toolkit. Author of over twenty peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations.Created and delivered over forty professional presentations to regional and national audiences. Co-investigator on over fifteen funded research projects in the areas of fall risk assessment, customized fall interventions, safe patient mobility and gait/balance disorders. Current member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association Fall Prevention Task Force. Active in clinical practice.