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John Childs

John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA CEO, EIM

Dr. Childs is a founder and CEO of Evidence In Motion (EIM) and partner in Confluent Health, which includes EIM, outpatient physical therapy centers in 12 states, and Fit for Work, which helps employers decrease injuries and workers’ compensation costs. A Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1994), he completed a Masters in Physical Therapy from Baylor University (1996), MBA from the University of Arizona (2000), and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (2003). Dr. Childs is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. Having served 20 years in the Air Force, Dr. Childs has collaborated on more than $10 million in grant funding and published more than 150 papers in leading scientific journals. His research agenda is focused on injury prevention, comparative effectiveness research, randomized trials, matching the most effective treatments to various subgroups of patients, and examining the outcomes of translating decision-making strategies into physical therapy practice. Dr. Childs’ work has been featured in numerous national print and television media outlets. He served for 10 years as Associate Editor for both the Physical Therapy and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy journals. Dr. Childs has received numerous research, education, and business awards to include being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and San Antonio “Health Care Hero”. He is also the youngest ever Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the profession’s highest honor recognizing individuals for professional excellence and making a profound impact in advancing the profession.

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