David R. Dolbow PhD, DPT, RKT

Assistant Professor



DPT Physical Therapy, Belmont University (2007)

PhD Human Performance (Spec. in Exercise Science), MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN (2005)

M.Ed Human Movement (Exercise Science), Boston University (1980)

B.S. Human Movement, (Specialization in Corrective Therapy/Kinesiotherapy) Boston University (1978)

Research Focus

The accelerated aging phenomenon after spinal cord injury and the benefits of activity based restorative therapies including functional electrical neuromuscular stimulation.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (Geriatrics & Research Special Interest Group Member)
  • Tennessee Physical therapy Association (TPTA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA)


  • Ernst Jokl Fellowship Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (Awarded by AKTA) (2012)
  • The Heritage Who’s Who Registry for Executives and Professionals (2012)
  • Superior Performance Award (Veteran Affairs Medical Center) (2013, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993)
  • Special Advancement for Achievement (VAMC) (2007)
  • AKTA Southeastern Region Conference Chairmanship Award (AKTA) (1996)
  • Federal Employee of the Year Award - Scientific Category (Middle Tennessee Federal Executive Association) (1996)
  • Special Contribution Award (VAMC) (1995, 1993, 1991)
  • York Spirit Award (VAMC) (1994, 1993, 1992)
  • YIPPY Award (VAMC) (1994)

Gorgey AS, Dolbow DR, Cifu DX, Gater DR. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Attenuates Thigh Skeletal Muscles Atrophy but not Trunk Muscles after Spinal Cord Injury. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013 Aug;23(4):977-84.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Cifu DX, Gater DR. Home-Based Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Enhances Quality of Life in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2013;19 (4):324-329.

Dolbow DR, Gorgery AS. Non-Pharmacological Management of Osteoporosis. Clinical Kinesiology. 2013 Summer; 5-9.

Dolbow JD, Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Adler RR, Gater DR. The Effects of Aging and Electrical Stimulation Exercise on Bone after Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Aging and Disease. 2013 Feb 7;4(3):141-53.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Dolbow JD, Gater DR. Seat Pressure Changes after Eight Weeks of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling: A Pilot Study. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2013;19(3):221-227.

Khalil RE, Gorgey AS, Janisko M, Dolbow DR, Moore JR, Gater DR. The Role of Nutrition in Health Status after Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Aging and Disease. 2013 Feb;4(1):14-22. 

Gorgey AS, Cho GM, Dolbow DR, Gater DR. Differences in Current Amplitude Evoking Leg Extension in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. NeuroRehabilitation. 2013;33(1):161-70).

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Ketchum JM, Moore JR, Hackett LA, Gater DR. Exercise Adherence during Home-Based Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling by Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;91(11):922-30.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Moore JR, Gater DR. A Report of Practicability of a Six Month Home Based Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Program for an Individual with Tetraplegia. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2012;35(3):182-186.

Gorgey AS, Dolbow DR, Gater DR Jr. A model of prediction and cross-validation of fat-free mass in men with motor complete spinal cord injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jul;93(7):1240-5.

Gorgey AS, Harnish CR, Daniels JA, Dolbow DR, Keeley A, Moore J, Gater, DR. A report of anticipated benefits of functional electrical stimulation after spinal cord injury. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2012;35(2):107-112.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Cifu DX, Moore JR, Gater, DR. Feasibility of home-based functional electrical stimulation cycling: case report. Spinal Cord. 2012 Feb;50(2):170-1.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Daniels JA, Adler RR, Gater, DR Jr. The Effects of Spinal Cord Injury and Exercise on Bone Mass: A Literature Review. NeuroRehabilitation. 2011;29(3):261-9.

Gater DR, Dolbow D, Tsui B, Gorgey AS. Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapies after Spinal Cord Injury. NeuroRehabilitation. 2011 Jan 1;28(3):231-48

Gorgey AS, Hunter P, Harnish C, Miller J, Dolbow DR, Gater DR. Acute Effects of Locomotor trainingon neuromuscular and metabolic profile in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation. 2011 (29):79–83

Dolbow DR, Miller J, Harnish C, Poarch H, Gorgey, AS, Gater DR. Arm Crank Exercise Increases VO2 Peak and Reduces Body Fat Mass in Older Adult With Chronic Paraplegia. Clinical Kinesiology. 2010 Winter 64(4)

Dolbow DR, Gibson E, Nguyen T, Robertson D, Sells P. Voight M. A Comparative Study of Relative Time of Activation of the Vastus Medialis Oblique and the Vastus Lateralis when Performing Free Squats on Stable and Unstable Surfaces. Clinical Kinesiology. 2008 Spring.

Dolbow DR, Farley RS, Kim JK, Caputo JL. “Oxygen Consumption, Heart Rate, Rating of Perceived Exertion, and Systolic Blood Pressure with Water Treadmill Walking in Healthy Older Adults”. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2008;16(1):14-23.

Dolbow DR. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Clinical Kinesiology, Oct, 1994.

Dolbow DR. Skinfold Thickness and Circumference Measurements of Subjects with Hemiplegia. American Corrective Therapy Journal, Jan. 1985.