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Kaleckas Lecture & Synthesis Day

2024 Kaleckas Lecture

 "Advanced Imaging Approaches for Evaluating Patellofemoral Joint Biomechanics"

March 2024 Lecturer: Richard Souza, PT, PhD

2024 Kaleckas Visiting Lecturer


Richard Souza, PT, PhD, is the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a physical therapist and biomechanics researcher with joint appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. He teaches courses on Radiology for the Physical Therapist, Gait Evaluation and Observational Running Analysis. He is also Program Director for the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science.

Souza researches the relationships between mechanics of movement and lower extremity injuries, combining MR imaging and the evaluation of physical activity and loading behaviors. The goal is to determine the influence of loading mechanics on hip, knee and ankle health and to develop preventative and rehabilitative strategies for debilitating diseases such as osteoarthritis. 

Kaleckas Lecture Sponsor

Ann Putnam Kaleckas was born in Chicago. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Northwestern University in 1982 and a master’s in health science from the University of Indianapolis in 1990. She pursued her passion and worked as a physical therapist before co-founding DuPage Physical Therapy in 1996. Her practice in orthopedic and spine rehabilitation brought her much pride.

Devoted to her family, friends, coworkers, patients and community, Mrs. Kaleckas’s generous and kind spirit enabled her to help improve the lives of countless individuals. She is remembered as one who went the extra mile in all her endeavors.

After a challenging battle, Mrs. Kaleckas succumbed to multiple myeloma in 2004. Upon her passing, her husband Rich Kaleckas, along with many family and friends, chose to memorialize her life within the Department of Physical Therapy, which held the inaugural Ann Putnam Kaleckas Lecture in 2008. The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is grateful to the Kaleckases, their friends and their family for their extraordinary commitment to honor Mrs. Kaleckas's legacy of giving.

 Past Kaleckas Lecturers

  • 2008 Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 2009 Faye Horak, PT, PhD
  • 2010 Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA
  • 2011 Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 2012 Guy Simoneau, PT, PhD, ATC
  • 2013 Richard Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 2014 Amy Bastian, PT PhD
  • 2015 Richard Shields, PT PhD
  • 2016 Julie Fritz, PT PhD ATC
  • 2017 Pam Levangie, PT DSc, DPT FAPTA
  • 2018 Steven George, PT, PhD
  • 2019 Carolee J. Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 2022 James Irrgang, PT, Phd, ATC, FAPTA
  • 2023 Paula M. Ludewig, PT, PhD, FAPTA

 Synthesis Project Abstracts

Each year, the second year students in our Northwestern University Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences program complete a synthesis project in conjunction with the Kaleckas Lecture.

Explore the 2024 synthesis project abstracts.

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