Meet a Member
Scott Capozza, MS, PT:
Meet Scott Capozza, Academy Membership Chair, 2019 ASCO Voices speaker, and Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology PT.
After being diagnosed with cancer during his last year of physical therapy school, Scott initially did not want anything to do with oncology. He wanted to move beyond his own diagnosis and treatments and did not want to be associated with cancer either personally or professionally.
However, in 2006 he was recruited to be the physical therapist for the first ever multi-disciplinary clinic for cancer survivors at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. This clinic includes a physical therapist, physician’s assistant, dietitian and social worker to address the complex physical, medical and emotional needs of cancer survivors through long term survivorship. Scott and the survivorship team will be presenting their clinic model at the Combined Section Meeting in 2020.
Scott has also presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Survivorship Symposium in 2018. In 2019, Scott was selected as an ASCO Voices speaker at the ASCO Annual Meeting. ASCO Voices features a variety of personal narratives and perspectives to expand attendees’ views of oncology, medicine, and the world. Following auditions, Scott was the only physical therapist selected to speak. In 2018 he was selected to be an Item Writer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists’ first ever Oncology Certification Exam. Scott has found that it is both a professional responsibility and a privilege to be able to create the content for this new Board Certification exam, as it puts oncology physical therapy on the same professional plane as the other specialties in the American Physical Therapy Association.
Through this role and his membership in the Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy, Scott is excited to move oncology rehabilitation forward on a local and national level.