Faculty and Staff : Full-Time Faculty

David W. Mandel, PhD, PT

Primary Appointment:
Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment:
Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, FL

PhD Physical Therapy (2009) University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

MS Physical Therapy (1995), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

BS Biology (1992), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

DPT Teacher of the year class of 2010

My main area of clinical based outcome measures research involves evaluation of activity limitations, functional performance, and quality of life in individuals with severe muscle wasting, as a result of chronic liver disease. My doctoral thesis work focused on the benefits of a resistance strengthening intervention in individuals post-liver transplantation. Positive results of a resistance strengthening on extremity muscle strength has recently led me to explore strengthening the skeletal muscles responsible for breathing. I am in the process of assessing the benefit of an inspiratory muscle strengthening program in this population, as it relates to potential improvements in activity limitations, functional performance, and quality of life. Additionally, I plan to further expand these research methods to include individual’s post-intestinal transplant, a population with very similar muscle wasting properties.

My experience with lower extremity strength and functional outcomes research has allowed collaboration with other University of Miami physical therapy faculty in assessment of lower extremity muscle strength, functional performance, and balance in adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Additionally, I am have collaborated with the department of dermatology to assess the evidence of physical therapy intervention for healing of venous insufficiency leg ulcers. Due to the dearth in the literature, we plan to implement an intervention study to determine the benefits lower extremity strengthening and flexibility program has on healing of venous leg ulcers.

Chair Admissions Committee- Doctor of Physical Therapy (2015-present)
Medical School Faculty Council (2013-present)
Pro-bono service LAGO clinic at the University of Miami Hospital (2016-present)
Department of Outreach and Community Service (DOCS) Fall screening (2016-present)
Southeast District Representative, Florida Physical Therapy Association, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2013

Selected Publications:
Mandel D, Raya M, Kirk-Sanchez N, Roach K, Moore J. Construct Validity of Two Friendly Functional Measures of Lower Limb Stength in Community Dwelling Adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2015. 38(1):49-53.

Yim E, Kirsner RS, Gailey RS, Mandel DW, Chen SC, Tomic-Canic M. Effect of Physical Therapy on Wound Healing and Quality of Life in Patients with Venous Leg Ulcers: A Systematic Review. JAMA Dermatology. 2014. Advance Online Publication dio:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3459.

Mandel, David. Chapter 17: Liver Transplant in Physical Therapy Case Files: Acute Care. Editor: Erin Jobst PhD, PT McGraw Hill 2013. Pages 247-256.

Mandel, D.W (2010) Comparison of Targeted Lower Extremity Strengthening and Usual Care Progressive Ambulation in Subjects Post-Liver Transplant: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Doctoral dissertation, University of Miami). http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/oa_dissertations.

Feibert I., Roach K., Mandel DW., Donahue M., Armstrong T. Dynamometric Grip Strength Assessment in Subjects Sixty Years and Older. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 13(4):27-40, 1995.

Mandel D. Comparison of Targeted Resistence Exercise with Usual Care Progressive Ambulation Post Liver-Transplantation. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Fall 2010; 1(1):31-32.

Mandel D, Concepcion N, Jiunta J, Martis E, Ramos D. Efficacy of a 12 Week Progressive Resistance Training Protocol in a Patient following Liver Transplantation. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Fall 2010; 1(1): 34-35.

Courses Taught
PTS 715
PTS 745