About Michael Sullivan, PT, DPT, MBA

Director, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professionals
MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Physical and Occupational Therapy

Michael Sullivan, PT, DPT, MBA, has been Director of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Service at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) since 1997. Dr. Sullivan joined Mass General as the Assistant Director for ambulatory physical therapy practices in 1990 following a 12-year career at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Sullivan earned his BS in Physical Therapy from Boston University, his MBA from Suffolk University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Mass General Institute of Health Professions. He was awarded the inaugural MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2020.

As director, Dr. Sullivan provides leadership and direction for all physical therapy and occupational therapy services at MGH.

Dr Sullivan highly values and promotes a culture of clinical excellence to meet the increasing acuity and complexity of MGH patients. Under this leadership, currently forty five percent of MGH physical therapists and occupational therapists hold an advanced specialist certification, from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, the American Occupational Therapy Association, or the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Dr. Sullivan is dedicated to developing the next generation of physical therapists and occupational therapists, expanding clinical training programs for professional and post-professional students to include Neurology, Sports and Orthopaedics residencies.

Dr Sullivan supports the department’s research efforts and collaborations to advance the science of physical therapy and occupational therapy practice through publication, presentation, and participation in professional conferences.

Under Dr Sullivan’s leadership, the physical and occupational therapy department is strongly committed to address health inequities, increasing diversity and inclusivity of the department, and welcoming all patients, visitors and staff.