Name: Dr. John Christopher McGee
Title: Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office Location: Science and Allied Health AH207
Extension: (845) 575-4356
Degrees Held:

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

              Doctor of Philosophy, Rehabilitation Sciences, Dec 2009

              Master’s Certificate, Clinical & Translational Research, Aug 2008


University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

Master’s of Business Administration, May 2009

               Master’s of Science, Financial Management, May 2008


University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

                Master’s of Physical Therapy, Dec 1998


Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD

                  Bachelor of Science, Physical Education with Concentration in Athletic Training, May 1990



Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy – American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2002;       Re-Certified 2012


Certified Athletic Trainer – National Athletic Trainers Association, 1992



John McGee joins the School of Science as Assistant Professor; Principal Founding Faculty Member of the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program.  Dr. McGee recently retired from the United States Air Force after twenty-seven years of service.  During his final assignment, he served as an Assistant Professor; Director of Research at the United States Air Force Academy Department of Biology in Colorado Springs, CO.  In 2016, Lieutenant Colonel McGee was honored as the Outstanding Academy Educator for exemplifying the highest ideals of teaching, mentoring, scholarship, and Air Force core values.  He was further recognized that year with the Frank. J. Seiler Award as the institutions’s top basic science researcher.  Dr. McGee has lectured nationally at numerous platforms and has received funded support in excess of $5.6 million with research interests in health care economics, value-based health policy, innovative health care delivery models, implementation science, decision modeling, and tactical fitness optimization/injury prevention.  John is also a senior physical therapist with over twenty years of clinical experience and holds a national board certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association.  Additionally, he maintains a certification as an Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.  John served during Operation Desert Storm and as the Senior Research Director for the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team in support of operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.  Dr. McGee completed his undergraduate degree at Salisbury State University and his Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Additionally, he completed a Master’s in Business Administration/Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  John grew up in Salisbury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he met his wife Traci.  They have been married twenty-five years and have one daughter and three sons.  




Awards & Honors:

United States Air Force Academy, Frank J. Seiler Research Excellence Award for Top Institutional Basic Sciences Researcher, 2016 (cash prize $2.5K)


United States Air Force Academy, Department of Biology, Ronald Reed Award for Outstanding Cadet Research, Student Advisee C1C Sharon Blum, 2016


United States Air Force Academy, Outstanding Educator Award, 2016


23d Medical Group, Field Grade Officer of the Year, 2013


23d Fighter Wing, Field Grade Office of the Quarter, March 2013


Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) PhD Scholarship Recipient for Physical Therapy, 2005


Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society’s Frank G. Brooks Award (1st Place Platform Presentation for Undergraduate Research at Biannual Conference, Melbourne, Fl) – Student Advisee 2nd Lieutenant Holly Childs, May 2006


10 Air Base Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, USAF Academy, CO   Sept, 2005


Pacific Air Forces Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year, 2002


51 MDOS Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year, Osan AB, ROK 2002


Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, 1996 & 1997


Maryland House of Delegates Scholarship, 1996 & 1997


United States Army Cardiac Specialist Course – Honor Graduate, 1991


Salisbury State University Varsity Sports Awards 1986 – 1990


McGee J, Bise C, Stevans J, An Orthopedic Performance Improvement Initiative (OPII) to Enhance Utilization Behavior at a Small Air Force Medical Treatment Facility.  Journal of   Military Medicine, Vol. 182, March/April Supplement 2017, pg 18-25

McGee J, Wilson E, Barela E, Blum S, Physical Screening Predictors for Success in Completing Air Force Phase II Air Liaison Officer Aptitude Assessment (AAA) Course.  Journal of Military Medicine, Vol 182, March/April Supplement 2017, pg. 281 - 286

Stevans  M, Bise C, McGee J et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Implementation: Case Report of the Evolution of a Quality Improvement Program in a Multi-Center Physical Therapy Organization. Physical Therapy Journal, April 2015, V95, No4, pg 588-99

2015 Congressional Report – A Systematic Review of Musculoskeletal Issues in Women’s Health; a Tri-Service Working Group 

Jewell D, Bezner J, McGee J, et al, Physical Therapist Responsibility and Accountability for the Delivery of Care:  A Report from the Models of Physical Therapist Services Delivery Task Force, Nov 2013

McGee, J, The Cost-Effectiveness of a Treatment-Based Classification (TBC) Approach Compared to a Usual Care Approach in the Management of Low-Back Pain in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Setting, University of Pittsburgh Library Electronic Dissertation (ETD), open source - 2009

McGee JC, Donaldson DM, Millikan AA, Gill CH.  The Effects of Fatigue on Active Position Sense at the Knee, Abstract published. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 29(I): A-22

Research Interests:

Health Care Economics, Value-Based Health Policy and Strategy, Efficient and Innovative Health Care Delivery Models, Innovative Education Models to Meet Demand and Access to Care, Early Access to Conservative Care, Implementation Science and Clinical Behavior Change, Decision Modeling, Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Tactical Fitness and Injury Prevention   



American Physical Therapy Association – Orthopedic, Sports, Education, Veterans Affairs, Health Policy and Research Sections (Since 1995)


                Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Since 2010)


                National Athletic Trainer’s Association – Certified Member (Since 1992)


                District 7 Athletic Trainer’s Association, (Since 2014)


                Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (Since 1986)


                Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Since 2005)


                Society for Medical Decision Making (2008-2009)

Normative Base Defense Squadron (BDS) Tactical Fitness Assessment (TFA) Performance Indicators
& Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Injury Predictors, United States Air Force Academy CORONA
Senior Leadership Innovation Summit
USAFA, CO  Nov, 2015
Orlando, FL Aug 2016  (Military Health System Research Symposium)
An Orthopedic Performance Improvement Initiative to Enhance Utilization Behavior at a Small Air Force Medical Treatment Facility; Military Health System Research Symposium [accepted for 1 of 16 main plenary platform presentations (1,200 submissions)]
Ft Lauderdale, FL Aug, 2015 
Physical Screening Predictors for Success in Completing Air Force Phase II Air Liaison Officer Aptitude Assessment   (AAA) Course; Military Health System Research Symposium (accepted for poster presentation) & United States Air Force Academy CORONA Senior Leadership Innovation Summit
Ft Lauderdale, FL      Aug, 2015 (Military Health System Research Symposium)
USAFA, CO,              Nov, 2015
23D Medical Group Orthopedic Product Audit / Recapture Process Professional Staff Brief;
Moody AFB, GA  Dec, 2013
Moody Air Force Base Warrior Athlete “Center of Excellence” Concept of Operations Brief;
Air Combat Command Surgeon General (ACC/SG)  
Langley AFB, VA  July, 2013
Research Operations Directorate for Air Force Physical Therapy Update Briefing; US Air 
Force Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Management Symposium
San Diego, CA, Feb, 2013
Conceptualization of 2011-2012 Research Program Plan; US Air Force Physical Therapy/
Occupational Therapy Management Symposium
Andrews AFB, MD  June, 2011
Poster Presentation:  The Cost-Effectiveness of an Audit / Feedback Adherence Program to 
Promote Utilization of Active Physical Therapy Intervention Strategies for Low Back Pain; 
Society for Medical Decision Making Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA, Oct, 2008
Keynote Speaker, University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 1st Doctorate of Physical Therapy 
Graduation Ceremony
Princess Anne, MD, Sept, 2005
The 20-Minute Upper Extremity Evaluation:  An Evidence Based Approach to Clinical Practice; 
(Course Developer)  Healthcare Education Associates, Inc
Cliffside Park, NJ , April, 2005
The 20-Minute Lower Extremity Evaluation: An Evidence Based Approach to Clinical Practice; 
Healthcare Education Associates, Inc
San Diego, CA, Aug,  2004
The Lumbo-pelvic Region:  A Systematic Manual Therapy Approach Utilizing Muscle Energy 
Techniques, North American Seminars, Inc
Seattle, WA     Sept, 2004
Evansville, IN          Mar, 2004
Puyallop, WA     Mar, 2004
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Board Exam Preparatory Course, (Course Developer) Healthcare Education Associates, Inc.  
Phoenix, AZ      Feb, 2006
Memphis, TN      Jan, 2006
Chicago, IL      Dec, 2005
Dover, DE      Nov, 2005
Denver, CO      Oct, 2005
San Diego, CA      Aug, 2005
Oakland, CA      Jan, 2005
Great Neck, NY      Dec, 2004
Atlanta, GA      Dec, 2004, Feb 2006
Los Angeles, CA      Feb, 2004, Jan 2006
Raleigh, NC              Jan, 2004
Evaluation of the Shoulder Complex, 38th Parallel Medical Association’s Annual Conference
Seoul, South Korea, April 2003
Evaluation of the Elbow, 38th Parallel Medical Association’s Annual Conference
Seoul, South Korea, April 2003
The Effects of Fatigue on Active Position Sense at the Knee, American Physical Therapy 
Association’s Combined Section Meeting
 Seattle, WA, Feb 1999
Mitral Valve Prolapse:  Implications for the Student Athlete, Salisbury State University Annual
Sports Medicine Conference
Salisbury, MD, 1990


Co-Investigator (Co-PI) – Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) Intramural (IM) Award; Influence Of Lower Extremity Stress Fracture on Career Trajectory of USAF Basic Military Trainees (Total $325K x 3 years, FY17)

Primary Investigator (PI) -  Defense Health Program Research & Development Grant; Implementation of Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO®) to Interface within Department of Defense (DoD) Electronic Medical Record (EMR) & to examine Air Force Physical Therapy Outcomes / Cost-Effectiveness Compared to Non-Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Care (Total $605K x 3 years, FY15)

US Air Force Academy Dean of Faculty Funds - ACE’s funds for Faculty Assessment and STEM Outreach (Total $3.2K, FY15)

US Air Force Medical Service Support Agency Health Facility Division Award for Construction/ Outfitting Air Combat Command’s/Moody AFB 1st Warrior Athlete Center of Excellence $3.1M FY13 + $1.225M   (Total $4.325M, FY15)

              Defense Health Program Funding for staffing Air Combat Command’s/Moody AFB 1st Warrior Athlete Center of Excellence (Total $400K, FY14)

               US Air Force Academy Dean of Faculty Funds - ACE’s funds for undergraduate Research (Total $5.6K, FY06)

US Air Force Academy Association of Graduate (AOG) Gift Funds – AOG gift funds for undergraduate research (Total $3.15K, FY05)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Diversity Grant, (Total $200.00, FY96)