William Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

William Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

1300 University Avenue
Room 5190 Medical Sciences Center
Madison, WI 53706-1532
(608) 263-5095

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science - Physical Therapy
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1977
  • Master of Science - Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Institute of Physical Therapy, St. Augustine, FL, 1982
  • Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
    University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL, 1999
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
    MGH Institute of Health Professionals, 2008

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 664: Clinical Medicine I
  • PT 665: Clinical Medicine II
  • PT PT 667: Clinical Case Conference

Clinical Interests

Dr. Boissonnault is a Senior Physical Therapist at the Spine Center PT Clinic - UW Hospital and Clinics, and the University Health Services for students. He has worked at OP Spine/TMJ PT centers since 1982 and has a strong interest in manual therapy as it applies to the OP orthopedic population.

Professional and Service Activities

  • President, Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc.
  • American Physical Therapy Association - Manipulation Legislative Task Force, Past Chair, current member
  • Orthopaedic Section, Past President, 1995 - 2001, past committee member on nominating, practice, and award committees
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists- Practice Affairs Committee, Past Chair, current member
  • Adjunct faculty positions at Arcadia University, Columbia University, Marquette University, Medical University of South Carolina, Samuel Merritt University, University of California-San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Tennessee-Memphis

Research Interests and Scholarly Activities

  • Investigating the impact that illnesses, medication and substance use (caffeine, tobacco and alcohol) have on outcomes following rehabilitation.
  • Investigating physical therapists’ role in medical screening-identifying patients/clients who should be referred to a physician.
  • Health policy and health care delivery-investigating patient direct access to physical therapy services.
  • Investigating the intervention thrust joint manipulation from a physical therapy educational perspective; what is being taught, how is it being taught etc.
  • Developing teaching strategies to enhance student differential diagnosis and patient interviewing skills.

Honors and Awards

  • 2010: Jack Walker Award: Pursuit and Implementation of Hospital-based Outpatient direct access to Physical Therapy Services, Physical Therapy Journal
  • 2008: JOSPT George Davies-James Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award: Differential diagnosis of a patient referred to physical therapy with low back pain: abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • 2008: John Mc Mennell Service Award. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • 2008: Helen J Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature from the American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2005: Dean's Teaching Award 2004-2005. Excellence and innovation in medical education. University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School
  • 2005: Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2004: Paris Distinguished Service Award. Orthopaedic Section, APTA. Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN
  • 2001: Charles Magistro Service Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 2000: John H.P. Maley Lectureship Award, “Innovations in Clinical Practice,” American Physical Therapy Association, Physical Therapy
  • 1999: Trish King Baker Alumni Award for Professional Excellence, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL
  • 1998: Clinical Excellence Award, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
  • 2010: Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2010: Keynote Speaker at White Coat Ceremony at the Medical University of South Carolina Physical Therapy
  • 2010: Keynote Speaker University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Therapy Program Graduation Ceremonies.
  • 2009: Distinguished Lecturer, University of Illinois-Chicago Fellowship in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy.Differential Diagnosis of Disease States Masquerading as Pain Syndromes. Chicago, IL
  • 2009: Keynote Address-PT as a Doctoring Profession-Our Role in Diagnosis, Referral, Consultation. Arkansas State University. Jonesboro, ARK.
  • 2009: Received diploma and accepted into the Accademia dei Fisiocritici. Siena, Italy
  • 2009: Keynote Lecturer:The Art and Science of Medical Screening for Physician Referral. Youngstown State University. Youngstown, OH.
  • 2008: Keynote Lecture-Diagnostic Imaging: Need To Know or Nice To Know? Otago University, School of Physiotherapy. Dunedin, New Zealand
  • March 15, 2008: Keynote Speaker.The Chiropractic Legislative Smoke Screen: Why We Should All Care. Oregon Physical Therapy Association Political Action Committee.
  • May 3, 2007: Visiting Professor. Physical Therapy Program, Ohio State University.
  • 2006: Keynote Lecture, Florida State Physical Therapy Association, Spring Conference. Sanibel Island, FL
  • 2005: Keynote Speaker, Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy Graduation Ceremony, Chicago, IL
  • 2005: Capstone Lecturer, Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists. University of Tennessee-Memphis Program for Physical Therapy, Memphis, TN
  • 2003: Keynote Speaker: Research Day. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference, Reno, NV
  • 2002: Luiese Lynch Lectureship, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
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