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Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD

Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions


Elizabeth Protas was appointed interim dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston effective December 1, 2006.

Protas, chairwoman of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions, came to UTMB in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests include geriatrics, rehabilitation of adults with stroke, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. She has received numerous honors and awards during her career, most recently the Herbert H. deVries Award for Distinguished Research in the Field of Aging.

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