William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, SCS, FACSM
Director, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Associate Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Under Dr. William S. Quillen’s leadership, USF Health’s School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences became the first Florida state university authorized to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2004. Since the graduation of the charter class in 2008, the school has maintained a 100 percent pass rate of graduates on the National Physical Therapy Examination.
The school’s extramural research funding nears $3 million during Dr. Quillen’s tenure, and, in 2008, USF was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the nation’s best physical therapy education programs.
Dr. Quillen is the principal investigator for a $1.6 million Congressional Award to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences to establish an interdisciplinary musculoskeletal research agenda for war fighters and wounded warriors.
A retired commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Quillen held a variety of academic positions before joining USF Health. These included assistant professor, US Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy Program; assistant professor, School of Physical Therapy, Texas Women's University; associate professor and chairman, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH; and most recently associate professor and chairman, Department of Physical Therapy, Indiana University. Clinical appointments have included: Department of Pediatrics at the USUHS, Texas Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Riley Hospital for Children.