Martha Sliwinski, PT, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUMC
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I began practicing physical therapy at Kessler Institute in West Orange New Jersey in 1979 where I gained many years working with individuals with neurological disorders. I was also heavily involved in clinical teaching and running the clinical education program. In 1993 I joined the Physical Therapy Program at Hunter College where I ran the clinical education program and taught several courses in the program. I joined the Columbia Physical Therapy Program in 2004 and continued in the role of clinical education while teaching in the neurological track until 2008 when I transitioned to full time teaching. I have continued teaching in several courses and serve as the Associate Director of Student Affairs since 2018. I was instrumental in initiating and conducting the programs service component since 2010. I am very active in my home state American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey and have served and continue to serve in several leadership roles. 

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Director, Student Development, Programs in Physical Therapy

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University
  • MA, Pathokinesiology, New York University
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Temple University

Committees, Societies, Councils

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey Vice President

APTAnj Delegate to National House of Delegates 2011 to present

Honors & Awards

CoSMO Outstanding Service Award 2016


Research Interests

Gait analysis Education Recovery and Management following Spinal Cord Injury Women’s Health

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

1. Macht Sliwinski M, Smith R, Wood A. Spinal cord injury rehabilitation patient and physical therapist perspective: a pilot study. Spinal Cord Case Series. 2016;3:15036; doi:10.1038/scsandc.2015.36

2. Gómara-Toldrà N, Sliwinski M M, Dijkers M P. Physical therapy for spinal cord injury: A systematic review of treatments focusing on participation. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2014;37(4):371-379.

3. Cortese A, Horr K, Krautle E, Lieberg J, Scibelli NP, Sliwinski MM. The use of virtual reality to improve gait function in stroke patients. JSPTR October 2012.


1. Sisto S, Druin E, Sliwinski M. Eds. and authors (2009). "Spinal Cord Injuries Management and Rehabilitation" Philadelphia: Elsevier (2009).

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Global Health Activities

Service Learning Elective in Physical Therapy annually in Guatemala