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Adriane K. MacPhedran

  • Associate Professor
    Physical Therapy Program

Though some might dare think to say, "Yo, Adrian!"  I actually go by my middle name, Kate.  As a two-time graduate of Gannon University, it seemed only natural to return to my alma mater.  I returned to GU in 2007 as adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, where I co-taught a one semester cardiopulmonary course (which is now two semesters long).  In 2008, I became board certified as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist (CCS), which is one of only 158 in the nation, and single-handedly my proudest accomplishment in my professional career!  I spent most of my clinical years working in acute care and critical care in particular, treating cardiac and pulmonary surgical patients, but I also spent much time as a therapist in inpatient rehab and skilled nursing, as well as some time in outpatient orthopedics and home health.  With over 20 years of clinical experience, I transitioned from adjunct to full time faculty at Gannon in January, 2012, where I am responsible for the cardiopulmonary content as well as multi-systems, and teach pathology, pharmacology and coordinate two of the three clinical synthesis courses. I continue doing per diem physical therapy via frailty assessments for a local cardiology group, from which I am also involved in post-surgical outcomes research.

I can certainly empathize with our graduate students as I recently finished graduate school from Western Michigan University with my Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences in 2016, and while I miss my time in class, I do not miss the 5 1/2 hour monthly commute!  Outside of Gannon, I enjoy the simple moments in life with my husband (also a GU professor), my son, Alex, (a music producer), my mom and step-dad, and our blended families including ALL of our pets!   

  • Faculty Recognition for Research and Scholarship Award from Gannon University, April, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • 2016 Graduate Research and Creative Scholars Award from Western Michigan University, representing the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Department.
  • Gannon Goes Green Award (2015 - 2016) as Faculty Development Grant Committee Chair - from Gannon University, April, 2016 


Current Teaching Responsibilities:

  • GDPT 817 Pathology (Course Coordinator)
  • GDPT 821 Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction 1 (Course Coordinator)
  • GDPT 823 Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction 2 (Course Coordinator)
  • GDPT 873 Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention for Multi-System Movement Dysfunction (Course Coordinator)
  • GDPT 867 Clinical Synthesis 2 (Course Co-Coordinator)
  • GDPT 887 Clinical Synthesis 3 (Course Co-Coordinator)
  • GDPT 844 Evidence Based Practice 2 (Content Advisor)
  • GDPT 851 Research Application: Evidence Based Practice: Guidance 3 (Content Advisor)
  • GDPT 881 Research Application: Evidence Based Practice: Guidance 5 (Content Advisor)
  • GDPT 890 Introduction to Pharmacology (Course Facilitator)
  • PT 210 PT Seminars 2 (Course Coordinator, Undergraduate course)
  • Western Michigan University, College of Health and Human Services, Kalamazoo, MI, March, 2016, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Health Science. Dissertation Title: Is Preoperative Functional Status a Predictor of Postoperative Mortality, Morbidity and Quality of Life in Open Heart Patients? 
  • Gannon University, Erie, PA, Masters, Physical Therapy, May, 1997
  • Gannon University, Erie, PA, B. S., Biology, May, 1995



  • American Physical Therapy Association- member    
  •      Cardiopulmonary Section member;  Acute Care Section member
  • Americal Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Council - At-large member for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary section
  • APTA Venous Thromboembolism Guidelines Task Force—Guidelines reviewer, 2012 – 2014
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association member;  Public Relations representative—NW District
  • American Heart Association—member
  • MacPhedran AK, Marbey M, Barker D, Fogarty K, Vangsnes E. Is Preoperative Functional Status a Predictor of Postoperative Mortality, Morbidity and Quality of Life in Open Heart Patients? Health. 2018;10, 654-666.
  • MacPhedran AK, Hillegass E. Chapter 11: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Interventions. In:Hillegass E, ed. Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (4th ed). New York, NY: Elsevier; 2017:364-385.
  • MacPhedran AK, Liu Y. The association between preoperative frailty status and early postoperative mortality and morbidity in high risk TAVR patients: Refining the minimal frailty criteria. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016;68(18s):B294.  Poster presentation of work by Dr. MacPhedran at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2016 National Convention, Washington, D.C., October 29, 2016.
  • Liu Y, MacPhedran AK, Luo Y. Statistical measurement and analysis on how the Late Life Function & Disability Instrument enhances the frailty assessment compared to the national standards used on transcatheter aortic valve patients. IEEE Conference Publications. 2016:430-440. IEEE Xplore Digital Library  Platform presentation of work by Dr. Liu at the 17th International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, Pittsburgh, PA, July 30, 2016.
  • MacPhedran AK, Liu Y. Statistical modeling adoption on the Late-Life Function & Disability Instrument compared to Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire. In: Yin X, Geller J, Li Y, Zhou R, Wang H, Zhang Y, eds. Health Information Sciences. New York, NY: Springer; 2016:168-179.  Platform presentation of work by Dr. Liu at 5th International Conference on Health Information Science (HIS2016), Shanghai, China, November 6, 2016.
  • MacPhedran AK, Mieczkowski M, Tattersall M, Therasse J, Wilson J, Izzo M. Do the Frailty Index and Late Life Function & Disability Instrument enhance the frailty assessment compared to the national assessment standards used on transcatheter aortic valve patients? J Frailty Aging. 2015; 4(1): 94.  Poster presentation by Dr. MacPhedran (with students) at the 4th International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research Symposium, Boston, MA, April 25, 2015.  Platform presentation by students, at GU Celebrate Gannon. April 14, 2015.
  • Babinec C, Daggett K, DeCenzo S, Svec T, MacPhedran AK. Assessing Frailty in Patients with Aortic Stenosis Who Are Candidates for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. (Faculty driven student research project). Platform Presentation, Celebrate Gannon, April 19, 2016.  
  • MacPhedran AK, Holbrook S, Nesbit E, Nielsen M, Abdollmohammadi R, Mason GC.  Predicting Discharge Destination Following Hip Fracture Using the Cumulated Ambulation Score.  Poster presentation at APTA CSM (February, 2015); Platform presentation at state PPTA conference (November 1, 2014). Collaborative research with Gannon University and Saint Vincent Health Center.
  • MacPhedran AK. Change in Functional Status from Preoperative to One Year Postoperative in Patients Who Have Undergone Elective Open Heart Surgery: A Repeated-Measures Study. Platform presentation at PPTA conference 10/27/2012 Lancaster, PA;  Poster presentation at APTA conference, San Diego, CA, February, 2013.
  • Reynolds AK, Marshall D, Albert S, Monus S, Parker A. Quality of Life Perceived by Patients Before and After Undergoing Elective Open Heart Surgery.  April 2010 - May 2011. (Collaborative research with Gannon University and Saint Vincent Health Center, preliminary data, part of dissertation work).
  • Curtis A, Froeschke L, Reynolds AK, Schuck L. Perception of Meningococcal Meningitis: Does Vaccination Mandate Make a Difference?   February – June, 2011.  (Collaborative research with Western Michigan University and Edinboro University; Platform presentation at Western Michigan University, July, 2011; Findings disseminated to Edinboro University, August, 2011).

Research Areas

  • Frailty and functional status in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Quality of life, morbidity and mortality risk in patients undergoing cardiac surgery such as coronary bypass grafting
  • Discharge prediction and destination in patients post-hip fracture using various mobility tools


  • Faculty Development Grant Committee (member, 2012- 2018; Chair, 2015 -2018)
  • Barker Institute Global Engagement Grant Committee (Co-Chair/member, 2015 - 2018)
  • Member - University Academic Affairs Committee (fall, 2014 - 2017)
  • Celebrate Gannon  (platform presentation judge, 2012-2015; UG/Graduate Scholarly Coordinator 2016-2017)
  • Braeger Writing Award judge (2016, 2017)

Professional :

  • Frailty Consultant for TAVR team at Saint Vincent Health Center, April, 2013 – present
  • Course Consultant, University of Michigan-Flint, Post-Grad Geriatric residency program, 2014 – 2016


  • Active member-Mikveh Israel Congregation
  • Volunteer worker at Habitat for Humanity site (November, 2012)



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