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William R. VanWye

  • Assistant Professor
    Dr. of Physical Therapy

Dr. VanWye was hired July 2018 at Gannon University as an Assistant Professor. He has been teaching within an entry-level doctor of physical therapy program since 2015. He teaches the clinical medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and health care system and policy courses. His expertise includes cardiopulmonary physical therapy, clinical exercise physiology, and differential diagnosis. Dr. VanWye received a BS in Exercise Science from Indiana University in 2001, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2006, and a MS in Exercise Science from Indiana University in 2007. He has worked in numerous settings including as a co-owner of a private physical therapy practice in Columbus, OH specializing in clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, orthopaedics, and workers’ compensation. He is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist (CCS) and holds credentials as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, both of which are the highest credentials awarded by the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association, respectively. Dr. VanWye is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.


  • 2018 – Present, Licensed Physical Therapist, Florida License Number PT33900
  • 2006 – Present, Licensed Physical Therapist, Indiana License Number 05008975A
  • 2016 – Present, Board Certified Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy, ABPTS
  • 2015 – Present, Certified Delphi Personalized Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • 2006 – Present, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CEP), 1001555
  • 2001 – Present, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), 15993


  • NEXT Conference Abstract Special Recognition, APTA, 2016
  • Jack Walker Publication Award, APTA, Boston, MA, 2010
  • Excellence in Research Award. University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy. 2006

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology I (GGDPT 801)
  • Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology II (GGDPT 802)
  • Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Dysfunction (GGDPT 820)
  • Health Care System & Policy I (GGDPT 810)
  • Health Care System & Policy II (GGDPT 830)
  • Health Care System & Policy III (GGDPT 850)
  • Health Care System & Policy IV (GGDPT 860)
  • Health Care System & Policy V (GGDPT 870)

Educational History

  • University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY, PhD, Leadership, In Progress
  • Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, MS, Exercise Science, 2007
  • University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2006
  • Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, BS, Exercise Science, 2001


  • VanWye WR, Goldberg M, Green A, Harrold T, Dick S. (2019 - In Press) A systematic review examining the exercise parameters required to induce the repeated bout effect. Implications for acute care physical therapists. J Acute Care Phys Ther
  • Weatherholt AM, VanWye WR, Lohmann J, Owens J. (2019) The effect of cuff width for determining limb occlusion pressure: A comparison of blood flow restriction devices. Int J Exerc Sci. 12:136-143.
  • Young SN, VanWye WR, Schafer MA, Robertson TA, Vincent Poore A. (2019) Factors affecting PhD student success. Int J Exerc Sci. 12:34-45.
  • Young SN, VanWye WR, Wallmann HW. (2018) Sport simulation as a form of implicit motor training in a geriatric athlete after stroke: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. Epub ahead of print.
  • VanWye WR, Wallmann, HW, Norris ES, Furgal KE. (2018) Differential diagnosis of knee pain following a surgically induced lumbosacral plexus stretch injury. A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. Epub ahead of print.
  • VanWye WR, Hoover DL. (2018) Management of a patient’s gait abnormality using smartphone technology in-clinic for improved qualitative analysis: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 34:403-410.
  • VanWye WR, Weatherholt AM, Mikesky AE. (2017) Blood flow restriction training: Implementation into clinical practice. Int J Exerc Sci. 10:649-654.
  • VanWye WR, Hoover DL, Willgruber S. (2016) Physical therapist screening and differential diagnosis for traumatic-onset elbow pain: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 12:1-10.
  • VanWye WR, Pinerola JJ, Ogle K, Wallmann HW. (2016) Screening for referral by a sports physical therapist reveals an effort thrombosis in a collegiate pitcher. A case report. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 11:607-613.
  • Hoover DL, VanWye WR, Judge LW. (2016) Periodization and physical therapy: Bridging the gap between training and rehabilitation. Phys Ther Sport. 18:1-20.
  • VanWye WR. (2013) The Case of Paul. In: ACSM’s Resources for the Health Fitness Specialist. North American ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 280-281.
  • VanWye WR. (2010) Non-specific low back pain: Evaluation and treatment tips. J Fam Pract. 59(8):445-448.
  • Streepey JW, Mock MJ, Riskowski JL, VanWye WR, Vitvitski B, Mikesky A. (2010) Effects of quadriceps and hamstrings proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching on knee movement sensation. J Strength Cond Res. 24:1037-1042.
  • VanWye WR. (2009) Patient screening by a physical therapist for nonmusculoskeletal hip pain. Phys Ther. 89:248-256.


Dr. VanWye's research interests include blood flow restriction training, medical screening, and differential diagnosis.