AMIT KUMAR portrait
  • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences

Research Summary

Dr. Kumar is a health services researcher who studies disparity in the quality of health and rehabilitation care in older populations. His current research includes understanding the drivers of inequalities in post-acute rehabilitation care, emphasizing broader domains (Biological, Socioeconomic, Environment, and Healthcare Systems) on healthcare access and outcomes.


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy School & Center, Government Medical College, Nagpur, India
  • Master of Science, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh. Project: Test-Retest Reliability of Functional Mobility Assessment Tool
  • Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Public Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Project: Effect of Obesity on Incidence of Disability and Mortality in Older Mexicans.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Project: Evaluating Comorbidity Indices for Predicting Post-Acute Outcomes in the U.S. Medicare Population.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health


Amit Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the College of Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Kumar received his Bachelor's in Physical Therapy from Nagpur University, MPH (Epidemiology), and PhD in Population Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. In addition, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Kumar has worked as a physical therapist, primarily in community-based rehabilitation and geriatric settings. 
Dr. Kumar's teaching and research are guided by the multi-faceted nature of health and focus on how health policy affects the health outcomes of marginalized populations. Over the last five years, Dr. Kumar have mentored students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and First-generation students. These students have considerable potential to improve health care.