SHP Alumni

School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumnus Award

The highest honor bestowed by the SHP Alumni Association is presented annually during Homecoming to one alumnus who has made major contributions to the health profession through commitment of excellence, research, education, community service and leadership roles.

2021 SHP Distinguished Alumni

Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS
Wendy Katzman

Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS has been named the 2021 School of Health Professions (SHP) Distinguished Alumnus.

A 1973 graduate of the SHP Physical Therapy program, Dr. Katzman completed her formal education at the University of California/ San Francisco State University graduate program and later obtained her Doctor of Science Degree in 2006.

Dr. Katzman has had a long career as a physical therapist clinician, and later conducted clinical research among older adults with age-related hyperkyphosis.

Her research interests include musculoskeletal aging, in particular the effects of hyperkyphosis on physical function and health-related quality of life. She has received numerous grants and has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored one book chapter, and produced two educational DVDs.

She retired in 2019 and is currently Professor Emeritus with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences with UCSF/SFSU.

This award, the highest alumni honor bestowed by the School of Health Professions Alumni Association, recognizes a graduate for their contributions to the health profession through commitment of excellence in patient care, research, education, community service and leadership roles.

SHP Distinguished Alumni Recipients

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Award YearAlumni RecipientConcentrationGraduating Class
2021Wendy KatzmanPhysical Therapy1973
2020James Hury IIIClinical Laboratory Sciences2004
2019Phillip S. Sizer, Jr.Physical Therapy1985
2018Marco RodriguezOccupational Therapy1992
2017Laura WiggsPhysical Therapy1991
2016Dana L. WildPhysical Therapy1986/2009
2015Mario CelisPhysician Assistant Studies1994
2014Cecilia GrahamPhysical Therapy1978
2013Terra RuppertOccupational Therapy1983
2012Steven R. SheltonPhysician Assistant Studies1975
2011Bonnie Broaddus BenkulaHealth Care Administration1996
2010Michael PirkleOccupational Therapy1997
2009Karen R. ChapmanPhysical Therapy1988
2008Diane RathPhysical Therapy1975
2007James R. BluhmPhysical Therapy1990
2006Linda Pilzner VaclavikOccupational Therapy1973
2005Terry SablaturaPhysical Therapy1980
2004Barbara A. RaileyMedical Technology1979
2003Bert NashMedical Technology1974
2002Claire PeelPhysical Therapy1973
2001Larry FeelerPhysical Therapy1977
2000Dianna D. PuccettiOccupational Therapy1974
1999Lodie H. MasseyPhysician Assistant Studies1975
1998E. Camellia St. JohnMedical Technology1966
1997Jaclyn Faglie LowOccupational Therapy1973
1996Mary Beth MurphyMedical Technology1945
1995Janet R. BeznerPhysical Therapy1981
1994M. Irma AlvaradoOccupational Therapy1982
1993Beverly R. DickersonMedical Record Administration1972
1992Linda Diane VealeOccupational Therapy1975
1991Mary Rapp DaulongPhysical Therapy1970
1990Dorit Haenosh AaronOccupational Therapy1977
1989Richard R. RahrPhysician Assistant Studies1975
1988Susan McPhail WittjenPhysical Therapy1957
1987J.D. WendebornPhysical Therapy1959
1986John W. Young, Jr.Physician Assistant Studies1973
1985Herbert J. SauerPhysical Therapy1957
1984Ruby DeckerPhysical Therapy1961
1983Arene M. GustafsonMedical Technology1953
1982Jeanette WinfreePhysical Therapy1961

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