• Education:Doctor of Physical Therapy – Post Professional, University of New England, 2010
    Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA
    Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Phone:617-353-7498

Courses Taught

Summer, Year 1

  • PT 515 Physical Therapy Examination: Co-Coordinator
    This course is designed to teach the process of physical therapy examination. The Nagi and ICF models of disablement will be utilized to develop a general framework for physical therapy examination across systems. The patient management model as outlined in the “Guide to PT Practice” will be introduced to provide a process for gathering information. Students will learn to identify disability level problems as well as functional limitations through patient history. Historical information will direct the examination. Analysis of functional tasks will be performed and used to develop hypotheses and direct impairment level testing. Students will learn to perform impairment level tests across systems. The process of establishing relationships between disabilities, functional limitations, and impairments will be introduced. The interaction of the individual, the task, and the environment will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to interventions that target task and environmental constraints. Medical terminology and methods of documentation will be incorporated.

Fall, Year 1

  • PT 511 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System I: Instructor
    This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. This course will highlight the adult and pediatric dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary system, medical and surgical care of this patient population, and the appropriate physical therapy interventions. Emphasis is placed on patient evaluation, medical assessment, treatment planning, and the performance of the appropriate procedures. In addition, patient compliance issues, ethical and legal aspects of physical therapy care, and the health care professionals own cardiopulmonary function will be addressed. Current research will be introduced throughout the course as appropriate.

Spring, Year 1

  • PT 512 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System II: Instructor
    This course is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. The student will gain an in-depth understanding of physical therapy examination, intervention, and management of peripheral vascular disease, wound care, prosthetic management for amputations, and cardiopulmonary disease. Laboratory sessions will facilitate the students understanding of lecture material and provide them with hands on physical therapy skills needed to care for patients with the above disorders. Current literature will be the basis for all lecture and lab sessions.
  • HP 532 Clinical Medicine II: Instructor
    This course introduces the athletic training and physical therapy student to the normal and abnormal physiology of different body systems, differential diagnoses in common medical conditions, and common orthopedic surgical management of the lower extremity. Factors associated with those body systems that influence AT or PT examination and intervention will be discussed. Also discussed is when referral to other practitioners is recommended and required.

Fall, Year 3

  • PT 773 Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning: Instructor/coordinator
    Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning is a case based course taught in small tutorial groups using the problem based learning format. The course is intended to enhance integration of course content taught elsewhere in the curriculum within the context of a physical therapy case study. Students will be expected to use a variety of resources (i.e. current literature, text books) to solve complex patient cases. Issues to be discussed will include: streamlining the patient examination, clinical decision making, effective physical therapy intervention, likely prognosis, clinical teaching, the role of the PT in relation to other health care providers, issues involved in the delivery of physical therapy including professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication, third party payers, and ethics.

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Acute care physical therapy; cardiovascular and pulmonary care, especially cardiac surgical outcomes, chronic lung disease treatment, and the epidemiology of world wide lung diseases.

Selected Publications

  • Starr J, Dalton D: The Thorax and Chest Wall. In Levangie P and Norkin C: Joint Structure and Function, a comprehensive analysis, fourth edition F A Davis, Philadelphia, 2011.
  • Starr J: Chronic Pulmonary Dysfunction. In O’Sullivan S, Schmidt T: Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment, 3rd ed. F A Davis, 2011.
  • Starr J, Jeremin A, Drevins J: Sternal wound precaution compliance and the resulting restriction to activity in patients status-post cardiac surgery via midsternotomy. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 19 (4), 2008
  • Starr, J: Pulmonary Physical Therapy, In Seigelman, R, O’Sullivan S: Guide for Physical Therapy License Examination, International Educational Resources, Ltd., Concord MA, 2008.
  • Starr J, Tucker C: The Cardiopulmonary System. In Effgen, S: Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children. F A Davis, 2005.

Selected Presentations

  • Starr J: Using case studies to understand the usefulness of cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnostic imaging. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, 2009
  • Starr J: Sternal wound precaution compliance and the resulting restriction to activity in patients status-post cardiac surgery via midsternotomy. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, 2009
  • Starr J, Drevins J: Capstone Course: A collaborative approach. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, 2007
  • Fetters L, Dalton D, Ellis T, Slavin M, Starr J, Wagenaar, R, Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy Curricula, Physical Therapy 2003: Meeting & Exposition of the APTA, June 2003
  • Starr J: Pulmonary Research Update Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, 2001

Consulting and Professional Activities

To the Profession:

  • Delegate at Large, MA chapter APTA. 2011
  • Moderator, Wound Care Management, Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, 2005
  • APTA Newsletter Editor, Massachusetts Chapter, 1981 – 1992

Awards and Honors

  • The Linda Crane Memorial Lecture Award, APTA, February 2016
  • Whitney Powers Award for Teaching Excellence, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, May 2006
  • Merit Award, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, May 2002

Licensing and Certification

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1997 to present
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Allied Health Professions,¬†Physical Therapy License
  • Board Certified cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist, 1997 to present

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