School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Physical Therapy






Luther Gill, DPT, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (504) 568-2880

LA CaTs Roadmap Scholar

Dr. Gill received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hampton University in Virginia in 2006.  He completed his Ph.D. as a NIH-T32 pre-doctoral research fellow in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral program at the University of Florida in 2012.    He continued his research training as a NIH-T32 post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota from 2013-2016.

Dr. Gill's graduate and post-doctoral research focused on exploring breathing behavior, diaphragm plasticity, neural control of the diaphragm, and phrenic motoneuron plasticity in several pre-clinical animal models, including unilateral phrenic nerve denervation, cervical spinal cord injury, sepsis and cancer cachexia.  He has presented his work at several national conferences and has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts in these areas.

Broadly defined, Dr. Gill's current research interests include muscle physiology, neurophysiology, neuromuscular plasticity and adult neurorehabilitation.  He works with faculty in the School of Medicine's Department of Physiology, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Section and Trauma/Critical Care Surgery Section.  His current research projects involve exploring mechanisms of neuromuscular pathology and improving post-acute functional mobility in critically ill patients.  

Dr. Gill joined the faculty at the LSU Health Science Center in July 2017.  His teaching responsibilities include Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Dysfunction, and Evidence Based Physical Therapy.