KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Certified in lymphedema therapy and kinesio taping, Lisa VanHoose, Ph.D., PT, has practiced physical therapy since 1996 and is board-certified in the management of lymphedema. She provides instruction in physical therapy modalities, wound care, cancer rehabilitation, and edema management for the physical therapy degree program.
In addition to her faculty responsibilities, VanHoose also serves as director of the KU HealthPartners Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic and provides physical therapy consultations at the Silver City Health Center. VanHoose is actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association as the president of the Oncology Section and serves on the standards and practice committee of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association. She co-chairs the Wyandotte County Breast Cancer Taskforce, as well.
VanHoose began her academic career at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. After earning a bachelor of science with honors in health science, she continued study at Central Arkansas to earn a master's degree in physical therapy. VanHoose completed her doctorate in rehabilitation science at KU Medical Center under the mentorship of Irina Smirnova, PhD, in the Diabetes Research Laboratory.
VanHoose is currently engaged in research focused on risk reduction of cancer related side effects and optimization of rehabilitative strategies to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors. In addition, she has been accepted into the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health K12 faculty development program to further her investigations into racial variations in risk factors of breast and gynecological cancer-related lymphedema. The program aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthen research in women's health at KU Medical Center.
Lab Group Site
Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory
The Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory strives to better understand personal, treatment, and lifestyle factors that influence cancer survivorship and responsiveness to rehabilitative therapies.
Lisa D. VanHoose, Ph.D., PT, CLT-LANA