Distinguished Alumni Award: School of Public Health and Health Professions

Anthony Delitto, BS ’79.

Anthony Delitto, BS ’79 

Delitto is dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked to expand the department’s intensive Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, as well as its patient-centered, outcomes-based research efforts, leading to the program’s ranking as one of the top in the nation. With a focus on nonpharmacological management of painful musculoskeletal conditions, Delitto was awarded one of the first large trials from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a $13-million grant (the TARGET study). Delitto also is conducting trials in exercise interventions for people with Parkinson's disease, and has authored or co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers. In 2000, Delitto received the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship, the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest honor. He delivered the Mary McMillan Lecture in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to education, patient care and research. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University.