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DPT’s Morris wins national organization’s Lucy Blair Service Award

by Chuck Gordon

Dr. Steven Morris has received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Morris, distinguished professor of physical therapy at Wingate, has been an active member of APTA. He recently concluded a four-year stint as president of APTA’s Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy and as APTA’s liaison to the Multidisciplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control.

Over the years, Morris has been a champion of oncological rehabilitation, a relatively niche branch of physical therapy that has been increasing in prominence over the past few years. Morris’ work in the field is a big reason that people are taking cancer rehabilitation more seriously now.

“‘No’ was not in my vocabulary,” he says. “When an opportunity arose, I accepted it. I am deeply honored by this award, but I would argue that I have received it less for service rendered and more for capitalizing on opportunities to improve oncology rehabilitation.”

In addition to the Lucy Blair Service Award, Morris has this year also received the Jere F. Walton Service Award and the President’s Award, both from the Academy of Oncological Physical Therapy.

According to APTA, the Lucy Blair Service Award honors physical therapist members or physical therapist life members whose contributions to APTA are of exceptional quality. Qualifying contributions can pertain to association components, through work on appointed or elected positions, or in other capacities at the association and component levels.

“Dr. Morris has been a dedicated, consistent and conscientious contributor to APTA,” says Dr. Karen Friel, director of Wingate’s Department of Physical Therapy. “His expertise as an oncology rehabilitation specialist has benefited the growth of APTA’s initiatives in this niche area.”

Morris will receive a plaque and will be honored alongside recipients of other APTA awards during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

Learn more about Morris and about Wingate’s Department of Physical Therapy.

May 24, 2021