Dr. Deborah Wendland

ATLANTA – Deborah Wendland, PT, DPT, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy in Mercer University’s College of Health Professions, was recognized with the Award of Excellence in Service from the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM).

ACEWM, a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, consists of approximately 1,000 physical therapy practitioners and students interested in electrophysiology, biophysical agents, wound management and neuromusculoskeletal ultrasonography.

The Award of Excellence in Service recognizes an ACEWM member who has made outstanding contributions in leadership and service within the Academy with a sustained and noteworthy track record of performing beyond the call of duty to accomplish section goals.

The award was presented at the 2021 ACEWM Annual Meeting on Feb. 19 in association with the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association, held virtually. CSM is the largest annual meeting of physical therapists in the U.S., engaging more than 15,000 participants this year. 

Dr. Wendland is program chair of ACEWM and responsible for the oversight of all Academy-related CSM activities. 

“Attributes of nominees for this award are clearly evident in Dr. Wendland. Her commitment to excellence, servant-leadership in the Academy and community, and support of the Academy’s efforts are constants,” said Jeannette Anderson, PT, DHS, chair of Mercer’s Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Wendland joined Mercer’s faculty in 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Duke University, Master of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and Doctor of Philosophy in applied physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

About the College of Health Professions

Mercer University’s College of Health Professions is composed of five disciplines: physical therapy, physician assistant studies, public health, clinical psychology, and athletic training. The College offers a doctoral-level physical therapy program, master’s-level physician assistant program, bachelor’s- and master’s-level public health programs, doctoral-level program in clinical psychology, and master’s-level athletic training program. The Department of Physical Therapy offers residencies in orthopaedic, neurologic and cardiovascular/pulmonary physical therapy; a fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy; and an onsite clinic. Each program is housed in a department that provides students with comprehensive didactic courses taught by an extraordinary faculty and extensive clinical experience enhanced by outstanding service-learning opportunities. For more information, visit chp.mercer.edu.