Lawrence Pan, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA

Lawrence G. Pan, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA
Lawrence Pan, PT, Ph.D., FAPTAMarquette University

Schroeder Complex, 388

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5759

Professor Emeritus

Physical Therapy

Dr. Lawrence Pan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is the Chair of Marquette’s Department of Physical Therapy since 1996. He worked for 22 years as a staff physical therapist at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee practicing in joint mobilization and arthritis rehabilitation. Dr. Pan maintains an active research program in central control of breathing. He is funded by research grants from the NIH and the Veteran's Administration and studies the role of brainstem nuclei in breathing responses during exercise, hypoxia and CO2 breathing.

Dr. Pan has published more than 90 peer-reviewed research articles and eight book chapters. He is a strong supporter of PT research and mentored Marquette students in initiating the Marquette Challenge, a nation-wide effort to student challenge to raise money for the Foundation for PT Research. The Challenge has raised over three million dollars for physical therapy research since 1989. Because of Dr. Pan’s commitment to address health disparities, he holds several federal grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services including a three-year, $1.9 million Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant to recruit and retain disadvantaged students in health professions. With Dr. Pan as the HCOP Director, Marquette offers a wide variety of pre-college and summer programs designed to educate and retain disadvantaged students in PT.

Dr. Pan has been honored with seven national awards in physical therapy including the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. In 2010 he was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest honor, the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship for longstanding and significant contributions to the profession of physical therapy.


  • B.A. in Math (Macalester College)
  • B.S. in Physical Therapy (St. Louis University)
  • Ph.D. in Physiology (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • NIH Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

Courses Taught

  • PHTH 7558 Human Neuroanatomy

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association, 1976 to present
  • Wisconsin Chapter of the APTA, 1976 to present


  • Exercise Physiology
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Neural Control of Breathing
  • Minority Education

Honors and Awards

  • Margaret L. Moore Award as the Outstanding New Faculty Member in physical therapy (1991) from the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA).
  • APTA's Minority Initiatives Award in 1991 as the top new minority initiative in recruitment and retention program in the country respectively.
  • APTA’s Minority Achievement Award in 1995, as the best ongoing recruitment and retention program in the country respectively.
  • Charles Magistro Award for longstanding service to the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Marquette Challenge.
  • APTA’s Diversity 2000 Award in 1998 for outstanding service to cultural diversity issues.
  • Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy in 2008.