Dr. Tepper receives 2022 Linda Crane Memorial Award

04 February 2022
Distance Education

Dr. Tepper received the award from APTA, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy for his outstanding and enduring contributions to the PT profession. Learn more.

We are proud to announce the APTA, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy has awarded the 2022 Linda Crane Memorial Award to Dr. Steve Tepper, PT, PhD, FAPTA on February 3, 2022 during APTA CSM. This award is given to acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the PT profession as exemplified in the career of Dr. Linda Crane, a dedicated member of the profession of physical therapy since 1970, and was someone who helped to create a significant part of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section’s history.

Dr. Tepper presented Heart Strings: Stories of Love, Appreciation and Cycles during the Linda Crane Memorial Lecture Award.  Dr. Tepper’s lecture focused on his life and times, from microscopic to macroscopic to 30,000-foot view. From the heart to the functional components of cardiomyocytes, an exploration of life’s cycles, turns, events were covered, and connections were made.  With 42 years of academic experience, trials, tribulations, and expediences of a lifetime, Dr. Tepper shared may memorable moments and looked into the future of what physical therapy education could be.

Who was Linda Crane?
She was one of the first three APTA board certified clinical specialists in cardiopulmonary physical therapy (awarded in 1985), and was awarded the Lucy Blair Service Award for distinguished service to the profession in 1992. In the early years of the CVP section she served as Program Chair, Chairman of the Section (1982-86), and Delegate to the House of Delegates. Linda’s clinical practice specialty was in the area of pediatric cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and her dissertation for her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology was entitled “The relationship of degree of kyphosis, bone density and activity history to pulmonary function in postmenopausal women with osteopenia.” Dr. Crane was a dedicated educator as well, and served on the faculties of University of Connecticut, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of New England, and the University of Miami. Her efforts in the area of education are best known and recognized for the document “Entry Level Competencies in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy.” Dr. Linda Crane died on March 24, 1999 after a lengthy battle with metastatic breast cancer.