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Dr. Mulligan has been involved in orthopedic-sports physical therapy, athletic training, and clinical education for the past 37 years. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska and he received his physical therapy training at UTMB – Galveston. He completed the post-professional master’s degree program at Texas Woman’s University-Dallas in 1995 and his clinical doctorate at Regis University in 2008. He was certified as an Athletic Trainer by the NATA in 1980, recognized as a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy by the APTA in 1988, and was the Chair for the Sports Physical Therapy Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists from 2010-2011.  From 2014-18 he served on the APTA's Board of Residency and Fellowship Education and continues as a senior site reviewer for physical therapy residency programs. He was certified as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2009 and currently serves on the Research Committee for the APTA's Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  He is a Professor with joint appointments in the Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Surgery Departments and is the director for the department's sports physical therapy residency program.


Undergraduate School
University of Nebraska (1980)
Undergraduate School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1982)
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University College of Nursing (1995)
Graduate School
Regis University (2009), Physical Therapy


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Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center School of Health Professions
    Outstanding Faculty Award (2018)
  • American Physical Therapy Association Sports Physical Therapy Section
    Lifetime Excellence in Education Award (2017)
  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society
    Achievement Award for Physical Therapy (2017)
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center School of Health Professions
    Outstanding Faculty Award (2016)
  • University of Texas Systems
    Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (2013)
  • Excellence in Teaching
    UT Southwestern School of Health Professions (2009)
  • Academic Leadership Award
    Texas Women’s University (1994)
  • Excellence in Clinical Education
    Texas Consortium of Physical Therapy (1994)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (2014-2018)
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2007-2011)
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association (1980)
  • National Athletic Trainer's Association (1978)