Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist
Director, Center of Hand & Upper Limb Health & Performance
Director, Advance Practice Certificate in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Professor, Physical Therapy
Professor, Occupational Therapy

Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT

Contact

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jane.Fedorczyk@jefferson.edu

Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist
Director, Center of Hand & Upper Limb Health & Performance
Director, Advance Practice Certificate in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Professor, Physical Therapy
Professor, Occupational Therapy

Education

PhD, Temple University - 2007
MS, Beaver College (now Arcadia University) - 1986
BS, University of Delaware - 1984

Biography

Dr. Fedorczyk joined Jefferson on July 1, 2018 to serve as Director, Center of Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation.   Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Fedorczyk served as the Co-Coordinator of Professional Education in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida (USF) for two years.  She was the Director of Post-Professional Clinical Programs and primary instructor for the Programs in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation at Drexel University for 24 years prior to her USF appointment.  She has been practicing in hand therapy for over 30 years.

Dr. Fedorczyk received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Delaware in 1984 with a combined degree in biology and athletic training.  In 1986, she completed her MS degree in Physical Therapy from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and started her hand therapy career at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center (formerly The Philadelphia Hand Center).  She became a certified hand therapist in 1992.  She completed her PhD at Temple University in the Department of Physical Therapy in 2007.

Her research interest is in the area of work-related musculoskeletal disorders including tendinopathies and nerve compression syndromes.  In 2005, she was awarded the “Best Scientific Paper” at the ASHT Annual Meeting for her paper, “The presence of Substance P in Forelimb Tendons in a model of upper extremity work-related musculoskeletal disorder.”  In 2006, she was awarded the Petzoldt Award at the ASHT Annual Meeting for her paper, “The presence of NMDAr1 in Forelimb Tendons in a model of upper extremity work-related musculoskeletal disorder.” She received grants from American Association Hand Surgery (AAHS) and American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) for these studies.

Dr. Fedorczyk has served on the board of directors and committees within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), ASHT, AAHS, and ASSH.  She has served on the ASHT Board of Directors for 6 years and she was the President of the ASHT in 2015.  She is currently the President of the Academy of Hand & Upper Extremity Physical Therapy, a component of the APTA, the Senior Affiliate Board Member of AAHS, and ASHT Annual Meeting Chair for 2018. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Hand Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Therapy, and other journals relevant to her research and clinical practice. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation which supports the Philadelphia Hand Meeting and she is a former board member of American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) which supports research and education in hand therapy.

She has published chapters in the 4th and 5th editions of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity and is a co-editor for the 6th edition. Work on the 7th edition began earlier in 2016.   She has also published in the Journal of Hand Therapy, Journal of Orthopedic Research and textbooks in the areas of pain modulation and tennis elbow.

She frequently presents at national therapy meetings and has been an invited speaker at the International Federation of Societies in Hand Therapy meetings in 1998, 2004, and 2013.  She was the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2002, and the New Zealand Hand Therapy Association in 2015.  Since 2000, she has served as a co-chairperson for the Philadelphia Hand Meeting sponsored by the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.