PT prof earns national mentoring award


A professor in UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy has been recognized nationally for her support of up-and-coming professionals in the field. Anne Mejia-Downs received the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section Mentoring Award at an American Physical Therapy Association meeting in New Orleans. The award recognizes leadership in the organization as well as mentoring of other professionals, who in turn have served others through their teaching, scholarship, or clinical practice.

A board-certified specialist in cardiopulmonary physical therapy, Downs is an assistant professor who teaches health promotion and wellness, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and pathophysiology. She was nominated for the award by Associate Professor Anne Swisher of West Virginia University, who said Downs has guided her and many others as they entered the profession and navigated through transitions in their careers.

“Throughout the 20 years that I have had the privilege to know Annie, she has been an unflagging supporter for her patients, students and professional colleagues,” Swisher wrote in her nomination letter. “I am honored to have been guided by her and have been inspired to mentor others through her example.”