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Kirby Mayer, DPT, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 204D Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0596
Position Title: 
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mayer received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Kentucky, Center for Excellence in Rural Health in 2014.  After practicing as a staff physical therapist at Chandler Medical, he returned to school and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at University of Kentucky in 2019. Dr. Mayer received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation sciences with focus on muscle health and physical function in patients with and surviving critical illness.  Dr. Mayer is a clinician and researcher in the ICU Recovery Clinic at University of Kentucky.


  • Critical care rehabilitation
  • Physical, emotional and cognitive outcomes for patients with and surviving critical illness
  • Post-intensive care unit syndrome
  • Health disparity and access to healthcare in rural Kentucky
  • Muscle health and function
  • Muscle ultrasound

Educational Focus

  • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Acute and ICU physical therapy
  • Muscle health and function
  • Service-based learning
  • Team-based learning


Dr. Mayer enjoys time spent with his wife and twin boys. He is an avid UK sports fan, enjoys being outdoors, and he is a terrible golfer.