Twenty-four years ago, a young Evan Johnson donned cap and gown to gather with his classmates in Alumni Auditorium on the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital campus. They had been studying and working hard to reach this special day, the day they would graduate from Columbia’s Program in Physical Therapy.
Like the other graduates on graduation day, Dr. Johnson knew his career as a physical therapist had begun, but where his career would take him remained unknown. Never did he imagine that he would be back in that same auditorium decades later. Yet on May 15, 2018, Evan Johnson, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, delivered the commencement speech to graduates of the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy.