Michel D. Landry


Professor Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Duke University, School of Medicine Durham, NC, USA

Michel D. Landry is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA). Before this, Dr. Landry spent seven years as Division Chief of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Division where he successfully led an important rebuilding of the program that has now grown into one of the top physical therapy programs in the United States. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree, he held clinical and senior management positions within the private rehabilitation sector in Ontario (Canada), and within international humanitarian aid and development agencies. Dr. Landry is a global health practitioner, and a health policy and health services researcher. His area of study is the policy implication of the gap between available supply (financial and human resources) and increasing demand for rehabilitation and health services across the continuum of care. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a former Career Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). He lectures widely on global health, policy and the political dynamics of rehabilitation, and is a provocative advocate for the moral, ethical and necessity to ensure accessible and affordable rehabilitation services across the continuum of high, middle and low-income countries. Dr. Landry recently completed his Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where also earned a certificate in Health Sector Management (HSM). He is the 2020 Enid Graham Award winner, the highest honor that the Canadian Physiotherapy Association bestows on a member.


(2018-2019) Master of Business Administration (MBA); Duke University

(2006-2007) Post-Doctoral Fellowship; UNC-Chapel Hill

(2004-2006) Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Toronto Rehab Institute

(2000-2004) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); University of Toronto

(1993-1995) Master of Science (MSc); University of Western Ontario

(1989-1993) Bachelor of Science (BSc); Université d’Ottawa

Academic and professional career


Duke University School of Medicine



Duke Global Health Institute



Dept of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada

Assistant Professor


Duke University School of Medicine

Professor & Division Chief


Duke University, Physical Therapy Division


Selected Scholarship and Research Contributions

Peer-reviewed publication: 93

Research funding awarded: 2.5 Million USD

(2019-current) Section Editor, BMC Health Services Research

(2016-current) Editorial Board Member: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

(2016-current) Editorial Board Member: WHO South-Asia Journal of Public Health

Primary Profession and Academic Awards

(2015) International Service Award. World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

(2010) Nominee, Canada’s “Champion of Change,” Toronto, ON, Canada

(2010) Award for Professional Contribution. Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Ottawa, ON

(2009) Exceptional Achievement Award (Professional Development). University of Toronto

(2008) Literary Award. Society of Graduates. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Leadership Experience

Across his 25-year career, Dr. Landry has held progressive leadership positions in a variety of fields including professional associations, global health organizations, and academic leadership. 


Professional Associations

Dr. Landry first became involved as a student representative to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in the 1990s, and then as a Board Member to the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (2002-2004). His CPA journey reached a crescendo at the 2007 Congress where he began his term as CPA President (2007-2009). During his tenure as President, the organization experienced substantial growth in membership, financial stability through non-dues revenue generating activities, advances in scope of practice, and specialization. He also grew the organization’s sophisticated advocacy and lobbying strategies. 


Global Health Organizations

Dr. Landry has been a rehabilitation leader in humanitarian aid organizations around the world. Beginning in the mid-1990s until 2000, he worked as a full-time program manager for the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) implementing the War Victims Rehabilitation Project across many parts of the Former Yugoslavia and Central America. Since that time, he has been involved in number of short term deployments in areas of natural disaster including Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami, and Haïti after the 2010 earthquake. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, he became a policy consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) field office in Kathmandu. In 2016-2017, he consulted with the WHO in Geneva on guidelines development and minimal technical standards for rehabilitation interventions in disasters setting and in austere environments.


Academic Leadership

Dr. Landry spent seven years as Division Chief of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Division where he led an important rebuilding of the program.  Since arriving in 2011, the DPT has repositioning its academic home, increased its US News and Reports national rankings of physical therapy educational programs from #26 to #10, developed a large federally funded research agenda, achieved the highest level of educational accreditation for the program, and developed the financing model leading to a new 102,000-square foot educational facility in partnership with the Duke School of Nursing.  Dr. Landry has participated and lead a number of academic strategic planning processes, and is a member of number of editorial boards top peer-reviewed in his field.  

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