Title

Mohr and Relling appointed to new roles at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

6-13-2014

Campus Unit

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Abstract

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Tom Mohr, P.T., Ph.D., Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been named associate dean for Health Sciences, a new position at the School. David Relling, P.T., Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy, will be the new chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. Mohr and Relling will assume their new positions on July 1, 2014.

"I'm extremely pleased with these two appointments," said UND Vice President for Health Affairs and SMHS Dean Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. "Tom was ready for a new challenge after doing an exceptional job as PT chair for 21 years, and Dave has demonstrated his outstanding clinical, pedagogical, and administrative skills. I was confident that internal searches for both positions would identify outstanding candidates, and I am delighted with the developments. And having Tom take on the role of associate dean for Health Sciences means that the School's single largest group now has one of its own leading all of the health sciences programs."

Mohr has served as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy since 1993. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota; and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of North Dakota. Mohr teaches in the areas of neuroscience, research, electrotherapy, and biomechanics. His primary areas of research are neuroscience, biomechanics, electromyography, and motion analysis. Mohr has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy.

"Although my first love is classroom teaching, it has been a privilege to serve as the chair for the Department of Physical Therapy for the past 21 years," Mohr said. "With the help of a tremendous faculty and staff, we continued a long tradition of training outstanding physical therapists. That tradition will most certainly continue under the leadership of Dr. Relling. Although my new position will entail additional administrative duties, I will continue as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy department and continue with a full teaching load."

Relling completed his B.S.P.T. from the University of North Dakota, completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, and earned a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of North Dakota. Relling teaches a number of courses in the areas of pathology, acute care, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, exercise physiology, and orthopedics. He has served on many committees within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Department of Physical Therapy as well as professional organizations. Relling is currently president of the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy and is on the board of directors for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. His research interests include exercise physiology, biomechanics, orthopedics, and educational methods.

"I am very honored to be appointed chair of the Department of Physical Therapy," Relling said. "The department has a long-standing tradition of excellent leadership, faculty, staff, alumni, and students. I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead the department into an exciting future."

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