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About Ruth Maher

Dr. Maher joined the faculty of PCOM Georgia in July 2019 as a professor. Dr. Maher has more than 14 years in academe teaching DPT students and has been in practice for 17 years with experience in acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Dr. Maher is a board-certified clinical specialist in women’s health from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and was awarded her second re-certification in 2019.

Her published research centers on assessment and validation of novel wearable neuromuscular stimulation devices in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and the use of ultrasound imaging in physical therapy research and practice.

She has held positions with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, women’s health council and several committees within the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Prior to her life in academe she owned and ran private practices in Dublin and the USA specializing in women’s health and chronic pain conditions.

She is also a consultant to a biomedical company in Ireland where she assists with the development and testing of novel wearable technologies using electrical stimulation. She holds a patent for a device she co-developed during her PhD studies in Ireland which recently received FDA approval for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.


Present Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Physical Therapy


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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Member, Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Member, Academy of Physical Therapy Education
Member, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Member, American Physical Therapy Association
Member, International Continence Society
Member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Member, Physical Therapy Association of Georgia
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Honors and Awards

  • Imaging award - Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Imaging SIG for "Concurrent Validity of Coccygeal Motion Palpation and Transabdominal Ultrasound Imaging in the Assessment of Pelvic Floor Function in Women." - 2019
  • United States Patent 8,494,658 Method and Apparatus for stimulating Pelvic floor muscles - 2013
  • Physical Therapist of the Year Award - Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, 2012
  • World Wide Patent WO2010084391A1 Method and Apparatus for stimulating Pelvic floor muscles - 2011


  • Clinical Interventions II
  • Pharmacology & Diagnostics: Musculoskeletal
  • Clinical Pathophysiology


2013 PhD, University College Dublin, Ireland
2004 DPT, Simmons College
2002 MPT, Georgia State University
1999 BS, Georgia State University

Contact Information

T: 770-682-2379


Professional Works (1)

Scholarly and Professional Articles (8)

Conferences and Presentations (12)