2020 Elections Candidate

Nominating Committee Member (2021-2024)
Positions Available: 1

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT

Sierra Madre, CA

Personal Statement

“Within the first year of my professional career, I had the great fortune of working with patients with pelvic health needs. In 1998, it was exceptionally novel for a male physical therapist to exist within the world of pelvic health PT, especially when the name of our professional organization was called the Section on Women’s Health. You can only imagine the effort required then to locate educational courses open to male participants.

Over my 22 PT years, I have remained involved in this organization and have participated to encourage more involvement from male PTs, as well as more programming related to male anatomy pelvic health. The programming has been amazing for several years now, but the membership continues to lack significant male participation. Now that we are the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, the door is wide open to attract a broader spectrum of members and interest. I consider myself a PT who specializes in the neuromusculoskeletal system and pelvic health is part of this system and should not be considered something for “those other PTs”. I express this to students and course participants to spark interest. Being out from under the name of Women’s Health, I foresee many more male PTs and patients being interested to seek involvement and assistance. It is my vision to further diversify membership, educational offerings, and community outreach.

Why run for a committee position now after all these years? Well, I was waiting for the name to change so the largest impact can be made. So now is the time, and there is no better place than the Nominating Committee where I can assist in finding outstanding Board candidates for you to elect and accomplish your pelvic health PT goals.”

Education

  • B.S. in Exercise Science, University of Southern California 1994
  • DPT, University of Southern California, 1998

 

Certifications

  • OCS, 2002
  • FAAOMPT, 2003

 

Current Practice

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. DPT Curriculum primarily teaching clinical skills courses for musculoskeletal including pelvic health. Patient care in our faculty practice seeing patients with musculoskeletal and male pelvic health needs. Mentoring in orthopedic residency and spine fellowship.
  • Clinical collaborator and co-investigator for research on male pelvic pain.

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient, Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, 2018
  • Name Change Task Force Member, Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, 2015-2019
  • Founding Member, Men’s Pelvic Health Special Interest Group, Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, 2015
  • Non-Research Publication Award Recipient – CPTA, 2016 for authorship of: Kirages DJ, Johnson EV. “Pelvic
    Floor Muscle Rehabilitation to Improve Sexual Function in Geriatric Men.” Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
    32.3: 174-181, 2016
  • 5 Educational sessions presented at APTA conferences for Section on Women’s Health programming. (CSM: 2020,2016,2013,2008; NEXT: 2011)
  • Other notable scientific presentations:
    • American Urology Association Annual Meeting 2019
    • CPTA Annual Meeting 2018
    • International Pelvic Pain Society 2012
    • World Confederation for PT 1999
    • Member, Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Panel for Incontinence after Prostate Treatment (IPT), American Urological Association
    • 6 peer-review publications on pelvic health topics; 2 book chapter contributions
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