American Association of Anatomists Elects Topp as Fellow

February 23, 2010

Kimbery Topp

Kimbery Topp, PT, PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has been named a fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA).

The honor recognizes distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences. She will be receive a certificate and pin at the AAA Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 27 at the Anaheim Marriott.

Topp holds joint appointments as professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and in the Department of Anatomy. She is the UCSF director of the UCSF/San Francisco State University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy.

Topp received her BS degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University and PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the UC Davis. She completed postdoctoral training in neurobiology at UCSF and joined the anatomy faculty in 1993 and the Physical Therapy faculty in 1994.

Topp also co-directs the Neurobehavioral Core for Rehabilitation Research – a universitywide core for rehabilitation education and sensory, motor and behavioral testing of murine models of disease. Her research focuses on peripheral nerve biology and biomechanics, and she has a particular interest in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Topp is a member of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF, and holds the Sexton Sutherland Endowed Chair in Human Anatomy. She teaches anatomy and neurobiology in the physical therapy curriculum and directs gross anatomy in the medical school curriculum. Topp has received the UCSF Faculty Mentorship Award and the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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