Victor Vaughan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Victor Vaughan PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Professional Interests: Physical Therapy Practice Management, Health Care Policy and Advocacy, Prosthetics and Amputations, Orthopedic examinations.

Since 1996, Vic has managed the Fairfield and Trumbull locations of Sacred Heart’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine clinics. Vic holds board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and currently practices in the areas of outpatient physical therapy with an expertise in general orthopedics rehabilitation, chronic pain, amputee rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation, and foot care. Vic has lectured on amputee care, shoulder and knee rehabilitation as well as management and health care policy.  He has coauthored a chapter on the rehabilitation of persons with trans-tibial amputation in Orthotics and Prosthetics by Lusardi and Neilsen. He has also published several papers in peer reviewed journals on rehabilitation following knee arthroscopy and the effects of immobilization on muscle function.

As a very active member of the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, Vic currently serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Public Policy Committee. His past roles in the association include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and committee chair positions. He has been actively involved in state and federal legislative issues and led the successful effort to obtain the right for patients to have direct access to physical therapists in Connecticut. Vic was also instrumental in establishing mandatory continuing education in order to maintain licensure and in achieving licensure for physical therapy assistants. For his efforts in this arena Vic was awarded the State Legislative Leadership Award by the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2007 the DPT Class of 2008 established the Vic Vaughan Leadership Award, presented annually to a third-year DPT student who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the SHU student physical therapy association. He is currently an appointed member of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Degrees and Certifications

    DPT, Sacred Heart University
    MS, Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts
    BS, Physical Therapy, University of Vermont

    Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training 
    Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Teaching Responsibilities

    Teaching Areas: Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pathologies, cardiopulmonary and acute care, amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation, physical therapy practice and management issues, healthcare advocacy, and orthopedic examinations.

Research Interests & Grants

    Muscle atrophy following immobilization; physical therapy following arthroscopic meniscectomy

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    CPTA Joseph Smey Outstanding Member Award, APTA State Legislative Leadership Award.

Publications and Presentations

    “Rehabilitation of Persons with Transtibial Amputation”. With co-author Julie Reis, In Prosthetics and Orthotics. Neilson C. and Lusardi M. ed: Elsevier  Philadelphia, PA 2006.

    “Independent Home versus Supervised Rehabilitation following Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – A Prospective Randomized Trial”. Jokl, P., Stull, PA., Lynch, JK., Vaughan, V.Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.  5(4): 298-305. 1989.

    “Effects of Upper Limb Immobilization on Isometric Strength, Movement Time, and Triphasic EMG Characteristics”. Vaughan, VG.  Physical Therapy 69(2): 119-129.  Feb. 1989.

    “Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Fiber Size and Isometric Strength Following Short Term Immobilization”. Byrne, W., Kroll W., Vaughan, V., Gundy, D., Webber, L. presented American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting Dallas, TX.  April 1988.

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