Ellen Hillegass

Ellen Hillegass, EdD, PT, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA,is an experienced educator and clinician, and a dynamic teacher. She is an adjunct associate professor in the DPT program at Mercer University, Western Carolina University, and Touro University. Dr. Hillegass serves as president of Cardiopulmonary Specialists, and is an instructor of continuing education programs across the country. She draws upon her expertise as a board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist to create a clinically relevant classroom experience for her students. Dr. Hillegass is a Fellow of the APTA and has been active in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section for many years as VP and Payment and Policy Chair. She has also been active and is a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). She is editor of Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, an entry-level text with the third edition published in 2010, and working on the fourth edition for 2014. She is the author of a clinical notes book titled PT Clinical NOTes. Ellen holds a Masters of medical science in cardiopulmonary physiology from Emory University and a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Georgia. She received entry level training in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellen Hillegass receives a honorarium from Education Resources and has a financial relationship with Elesvier Publishing and FA Davis Publishing.
Non-Financial: She is a board member with US COPD Coalition and APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary section and receives no financial compensation for these roles.

We are excited to announce that our distinguished Facultymember, Ellen Hillegass PT, Ph.D., EdD, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTAhas been awarded APTAs highest honor:The Catherine Worthingham APTA Fellow Award. Please click here to visit APTA and read about Ellens achievements(you will need to be logged in to APTA)

Ellen's Courses:

Mobilizing the Medically Complex ICU and Acute Care Patient (An Evidence-Based Model)

What others are saying:

"Instructor is a real teacher and a clinician, not just a presentor or speaker." -Physical Therapist

"Ellen is very informative and easy to listen to. Thank you!" -Physical Therapist

"Presentor was great and easy to approach. Spends one-on-one time with participants." -Occupational Therapist

"I cannot say enough good things about this course. If you are an acute care therapist or if you work with this population, you must take this course. Ellen Hillegass does an ecxellent job relaying this important information in a clinically based way. She commands your attention the entire two days. I have learned new techniques to use in my practice to make me a better PT. Thank you so much."-Jennifer Gregory

"Wonderful course! Everything we learned we can use in multiple settings. Ellen is a great presenter making the two days go by fast and learning tons!! Thank you!"-Diane Miller