Heidi Engel, PT, DPT
Heidi Engel has been a physical therapist for 33 years, working at University of California San Francisco Medical Center for the past 31 years, while also working in private practice and home health settings. She earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 from Boston University, with an emphasis in Oncology and Integrative Medicine. Dr Engel started her focus on patients in the ICU at UCSF in October 2008, with formation of the ICU Early Mobility Inter-Professional Group, and initiated full time physical therapy in the Medical Surgical ICU there in March 2010. She received the UCSF Colleague of Nursing Award in 2012, a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for Research Excellence in 2014.
Currently, she works full time in the intensive care units, teaches at the SFSU/UCSF Graduate School of Physical Therapy, and engages in academic programs for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and for the American Delirium Society. Dr Engel is a core member of the APTA sponsored, clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for PT in the ICU group, and she is an appointed member of the steering committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Liberation Campaign.