Professor and Director
Physical Therapy Division, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University
Dr. Buford completed is degree in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He began his career at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in Neurologic Rehabilitation. He then went on to graduate school, earning a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Neural Control of Movement from UCLA. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Neurophysiology, he developed a non-human primate model for the study of reticulospinal system control of voluntary movement. He joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1999, was founding director for the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2005, and became director of the DPT program in 2011. He has overseen multiple NIH grants, served on NIH study sections, and has chaired the scientific review committee for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. He is a graduate of the Educational Leadership Institute fellowship program of the APTA. He helped found the research intensive programs in physical therapy (RIPPT) consortium within the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), and has was among the original members of finance committee for ACAPT. Presently, he is a director on the ACAPT Board of Directors. He has served on multiple university level committees at Ohio State, including the school’s budget advisory committee, appointment promotions and tenure committee (as chair), and the university’s Council on Academic Affairs (as chair) and Council on Enrollment and Student Progress (as chair).