Dr. Pan worked for 22 years as a staff physical therapist at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee specializing in joint mobilization and arthritis rehabilitation. Dr. Pan maintains an active research program in central control of breathing. He is funded by research grants from the NIH and the Veteran's Administration and studies the role of brainstem nuclei in breathing responses during exercise, hypoxia and CO2 breathing. Dr. Pan has published 83 peer-reviewed research articles and eight book chapters. He is a strong supporter of PT research and mentored Marquette students in initiating the Marquette Challenge, a nation-wide effort to student challenge to raise money for the Foundation for PT Research. The challenge has raised over $1.5 million for physical therapy research since 1989.
Because of Dr. Pan’s commitment to urban health issues, he holds two federal grants from the US Health and Human Services - a 3-year 1.6 million dollar Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant to recruit and retain disadvantaged students in health professions, and a $900,000 Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) Program that fosters healthy life choices in Hispanic youth. With Dr. Pan as the HCOP Director, Marquette offers a wide variety of pre-college and summer programs designed to educate and retain disadvantaged students in PT. In 2008, Dr. Pan won the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.