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Christopher Bise, MS, PT, DPT, OCS


Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

University of Pittsburgh

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


BS, Boston University – Sargent College of Health and Rehab Science, 1994
MSPT, Boston University – Sargent College of Health and Rehab Science, 1996
DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, 2009

Research Interest  
Physical Therapy
Evidence Based Practice Implementation
Cost Effectiveness
Health Policy and Practice
Quality Improvement
Low Back / Neck Pain
Practice Variation

Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a physical therapist for 20 years and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist since 2011. He completed his undergraduate and graduate physical therapy training at Boston University in 1994 (BS) and 1996 (MSPT) respectively. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Besides the education of the next generation of physical therapists, Chris’s expertise is the management of patients with low back pain and implementation of innovative models of care that provide the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time. He is currently pursuing PhD in Clinical and Translational Science with a focus on the use of PT’s as “First Contact Practitioners” for patients seeking care for musculoskeletal disorders. Of particular interest is the use of physical therapists in the emergency department and urgent care settings.

Chris has spoken at national and international conferences about the treatment of low back pain and the impact it has on the US Public Health system. He’s consulted with tech companies, done webinars for Intel and assisted in the integration of the Treatment Based Classification for wellness apps. Chris is one of the current thought leaders seeking to change the paradigm from which clinicians treat low back pain.
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Stevans, J.M., Bise, C.G., Miller, D., Rockar, P., Delitto, A. Evidence-based practice implementation: a case report of the evolution of a quality improvement program in a multi-center physical therapy organization. Phys Ther. 2015; Apr; 95(4): 588-599.
Alrwaily, M., Timko, M., Schneider, M., Stevans, J., Bise, C., Hariharan, K., Delitto, A. Treatment-Based Classification System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update. Phys Ther. 2016; Jul; 96(7): 1057-1066.
Bove, A., Smith, K., Bise, C., Fritz, J., Childs, J., Brennan, G.P., Abbott, J.H., Fitzgerald, G.K. What Is the Most Cost-Effective Physical Therapy Strategy to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis? (abstract). Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015; 67 (suppl 10).