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Dr Chris McCarthy PGD Physio, PGD Biomech, PGD Manip Ther, PhD, FCSP, FMACP
Dr Chris McCarthy is an Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner and Spinal Fellow at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, London. After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1989 he undertook post-graduate training in Biomechanics and Manipulative therapy at Strathclyde and Coventry Universities before undertaking a PhD degree in rehabilitation within the faculty of Medicine at Manchester University. He was awarded a “Young Investigator of the Year” award in 2001, for his PhD studies, by the British Society of Rheumatologists. Following Post-doctoral studies, investigating the sub-classification of non-specific low back pain, he became an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation within the Clinical Trials Unit of the Medical School of Warwick University attracting over a million pound of funding in two years. More recently he has joined Imperial College Healthcare as a clinician and researcher. He has published over 40 peer reviewed papers on musculoskeletal rehabilitation and diagnosis and spoken at over 50 conferences. He has taught internationally on Manual Therapy, specifically on Combined Movement Theory, and lectures on six of the Masters courses in Manual Therapy in the UK. He is a member of the international advisory board for Manual Therapy journal and regularly reviews and publishes papers in the academic field of Manual Therapy. He is a former Chair of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and was recently awarded Fellowships of the MACP and CSP for advances in Manual Therapy in 2010 and 2011. Chris’s book “Combined Movement Theory: Rational Mobilisation and manipulation of the Vertebral Column has sold over 1000 copies in its first few years and Chris has recently written the chapter on Manual Therapy and Pain for the second edition of Elsevier’s popular Pain: A Textbook for Therapists. He is currently one of the editors for the next edition of Grieve‚Äôs Modern Musculoskeletal Therapy, to be released in 2014.