Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy

Hewston, Leigh Ann

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Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, DPT, MEd, CEEAA

Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, DPT, MEd, CEEAA

Contact Dr. Hewston

901 Walnut Street
Room 506
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-6015
(215) 503-3499 fax


DPT, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MEd, Exercise Physiology/Physical Education, Temple University
BS, Physical Therapy, West Virginia University

University Appointment

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Interprofessional Education and Practice; Interventions for Older Adults with Chronic Conditions


Co-Primary Investigator at Thomas Jefferson University site
A Trial of Rehabilitation  Therapy in Older Acute Heart Failure Patients (REHAB HF)
National Institute of Aging. Identifier: NCT02196038.
Primary Investigator, Dalane Kitzman

Project Director, Christine Arenson, MD
Eastern PA and Delaware Geriatric Education Center (EPaD GEC) Center,
7/10- 6/2015  HRSA/Bureau of Health Professions.

Select Publications

Pastva AM, Duncan PW, Reeves GR, Nelson MD, Whellan DJ, O’Connor CM, Eggebeen JD, Hewston LA, Taylor KM, Mentz RJ, Rosenberg PB, Kitzman DW. Strategies for supporting intervention fidelity in the rehabilitation therapy in older acute heart failure patients (REHAB-HF) trail. Contemporary Clinical Trials Volume 64, January 2018, Pages 118-127

Reeves GR, Whellan DJ, O’Connor CM, Duncan P, Eggebeen JD, Morgan TM, Hewston LA, Pastva A, Patel MJ, Kitzman DW. A Novel Rehabilitation Intervention for Older Patient with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure:  The REHAB-HF Pilot Study. JACC: Heart Failure Volume 5, Issue 5, May 2017, Pages 359-366.

Reeves GR, Whellan DJ, Duncan P, O’Connor CM, Pastva AM, Eggebeen JD, Hewston LA, Morgan TM, Reed SD, Rajeski WJ, Mentz RJ, Rosenberg PB, Kitzman DW. Rehabilitation Therapy in Older Acute Heart Failure Patients (REHAB-HF) trial: Design and rationale. American Heart Journal Volume 185, 1 March 2017, Pages 130-139

Reeves GR, Whellan DJ, Patel MJ, O’Connor CM, Duncan P, Eggebeen JD, Morgan TM, Hewston, LA, Pastva AM, Kitzman DW. Comparison of Frequency of Frailty and Severely Impaired Physical Function in Patients ≥60 Years Hospitalized with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Versus Chronic Stable Heart Failure with Reduced and Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction. American Journal of Cardiology, Volume 117, Issue 12, 15 June 2016, Pages 1953-1958

Arenson  C, Umland E, Collins L, Kern SB, Hewston LA, Jerpak C, Antony R, Rose M and Lyons K. The health mentors program: three years experience with longitudinal patient-centered interprofessional education. J Interprof Care, 2015; 29(2): 138–143.

Select Professional and Community Service

Annual Fall Prevention Day. Screenings and Education. Jefferson Hospitals (Main Campus, Methodist and Neuroscience Hospital). 2015-2018

Family and Caregiver Training for Persons with Dementia, Cathedral Village, Philadelphia, PA.  May 15, 2015

Family and Caregiver Training for Persons with Dementia, Jefferson Family Medicine, Philadelphia, PA May 8, 2015

Clinical Practice

Interprofessional Falls Assessment Clinic, Philadelphia Senior Center and Jefferson Geriatric Practice. 2010-2015

Awards and Honors

2012 James B. Erdmann, PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice. Philadelphia, PA.