Robert Dekerlegand P.T., M.P.T., Ph.D., C.C.S.

Assistant Professor

Robert Dekerlegand is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is affiliated with the Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and continues to practice physical therapy (PT) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dekerlegand began his clinical career in 1997 after receiving his Master's in Physical Therapy from Allegheny University located in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His clinical experience has spanned the spectrum of cardiovascular and pulmonary illnesses in the adult population with a primary specialty in CF. He is a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2003 and has presented numerous times at the local and national level in the areas of adult cystic fibrosis and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Dekerlegand received his PhD from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2014 where he researched inspiratory muscle strength relative to disease severity in adults with CF and has published the results of his work in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis and the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. He is a contributing author to 'CF 101 for Physical Therapists' document that is used in the CF Foundation's PT mentoring program.