Elizabeth Dean

University of British ColumbiaCanada

Professor Elizabeth Dean is on faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Visiting Professor, with Leeds Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health, Leeds, UK, since 2005. Her academic and clinical career and experiences have spanned the �corners of the globe� with invitations to Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Canada. Because �lifestyle conditions� are pandemic not only in high-income countries, her research and publications have increasingly focused on integrating and translating knowledge of cultural relativism and diversity in promoting health and wellness worldwide, and exploiting evidence-based non invasive physical therapy interventions (healthy lifestyles including health education and exercise) to prevent and, in some cases, reverse, as well as manage these conditions that are associated with enormous human suffering and societal cost. Along with an international team, Dr. Dean convened �The First Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health� at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress 2007. Her substantive area is oxygen transport as a basis for the diagnosis and management of primary and secondary oxygen transport dysfunction within the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. She is co-editor (with Donna Frownfelter) and co-author of �Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Evidence and Practice (4th edition), Elsevier:PA, 2006). She was invited to serve as Special Issue editor for �Physical Therapy in the 21st Century: a New Evidence-informed Practice Paradigm and Implications� (Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2009). Her work through private practice and the UBC Post Polio Clinic has taken her to Pakistan on an Asia Pacific University Scholar�s Award. She spent over a year as Senior of the Cardiovascular/ Cardiorespiratory Team with the Kuwait Dalhousie Project in Kuwait, and a year as a resident Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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