Irion, PhD, PT, CWS
Professor of Physical
Main Teaching Areas:
Intro PT Skills
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT
Faculty member since 2002
BA (Psychology) 1977, Temple University
MEd (Exercise Physiology) 1983, Temple University
PhD (Physiology) 1985, Temple University School of Medicine
BS (Physical Therapy) 1993, University of Central Arkansas
Involvement (professional organizations)
Physical Therapy Association
and Pulmonary Section
on Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Physical Therapy Association
Area Physical Therapy Organization
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Acute Care Physical
Chair of task force for Specialized Knowledge for
specialization in Wound Management
Reviewer for Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy,
Advances in Physiology Education, Archives of Physical Medicine and
Wound Management, Cardiovascular and
Provides wound management services part-time
at Mobile Infirmary and pro bono therapy services
Involvement (research involvement, grants, publications)
Research interests are related to the
sit-to-stand transition, balance assessment, PT Education, Promotion of the PT
Profession, Information seeking behavior among PTs, Progressing therapeutic
exercise in a neuromuscular population
39 peer reviewed publications
3 non-peer reviewed publications
47 presentations before scholarly groups
31 continuing education courses
O'Toole ML, Paolone AM, Irion G, Ramsey R: The effect of heat acclimatization on plasma volume and plasma proteins of females. International Journal of Sports Medicine 4:40-44, 1983
Tuma RF, Irion GL, Vasthare US, Heinel LA: Age-related changes in regional blood flow in the rat. American Journal of Physiology 249 (Heart and Circulatory Physiology 18):H485-H491, 1985
Tuma RF, Vasthare US, Irion GL, Wiedeman MP: Considerations in use of microspheres for flow measurements in anesthetized rat. American Journal of Physiology 250 (Heart and Circulatory Physiology 19):H137-H143, 1986
Irion GL: Responses of distance runners and sprinters to exercise in a hot environment. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 58:948-953, 1987
Irion GL, Vasthare US, Tuma RF: Age-related change in skeletal muscle blood flow in the rat. Journal of Gerontology 42:660-665, 1987
Irion GL, Wolfson MR, Alsberge MS: Computerized stripping method for multiple nuclide microsphere studies. Computers in Biomedical Research 21:27-37, 1988
Irion GL, Vasthare US, Tuma RF: Preservation of skeletal muscle hyperemic response to contraction with aging in female rats. Experimental Gerontology 23:183-188, 1988
Vasthare US, Irion GL, Carlsson C, Tuma RF: Differential effects of anesthetic agents on regional blood flow and central hemodynamic parameters in rats. Drug Development Research 14:59-65, 1988
Irion GL, Clark KE: Direct determination of the ovine fetal umbilical artery blood flow waveform. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 162:541-549, 1990
Irion GL, Mack CE, Clark KE: Fetal hemodynamic and fetoplacental vascular response to exogenous arginine vasopressin. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 162:1115-1120, 1990
Irion GL, Clark KE: Relationship between the ovine fetal umbilical artery blood flow waveform and umbilical vascular resistance. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 163:222-229, 1990
Clark KE, Irion GL, Mack CE: Differential responses of the uterine and umbilical vasculature to angiotensin II and norepinephrine. American Journal of Physiology 259 (Heart and Circulatory Physiology 28):H197-H203, 1990
Mohan R, Irion GL, Siddiqi TA, Clark KE: Maternal and fetal cardiovascular responses of the normotensive and hypertensive pregnant sheep to parenteral labetalol. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension in Pregnancy B9:293-309, 1991
Clark KE, Irion GL: Fetal hemodynamic response to maternal intravenous nicotine administration. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 167: 1624-1631, 1992
Irion G: Using a Seven-Habits Approach to Stress Management in Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal 7(2):13-15, 1996
Scantling B, Irion G: Role and Potential Use of Cyclic Deformation in Wound Healing. Acute Care Perspectives 4(2): 17-21, 1996
Irion GL: The use of TENS to reduce post-op vasectomy pain. Acute Care Perspectives 5(1): 3-4, Spring, 1997
Irion GL, Finch VP: Effect of Supplemental Oxygen and Muscle Contraction on Tissue Oxygen Tension and Delivery of Oxygen by the Microcirculation -- Clinical Implications from a Rodent Model. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal 8(2): 13-19, 1997
Irion GL: Prioritization/Triage in Acute Care Physical Therapy Departments. Acute Care Perspectives 5(3): 1-3, 1997
Peterson CK, Gaither JE, Irion GL: Treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Acute Care Perspectives 5(4): 20-21,1997
Matayo RE, Ishee J, Irion GL: Attitudes and Perceived Barriers of Acute Care Physical Therapists toward Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal 10(1):14-18, 1999
Irion GL: Case Report: Orthotopic Heart Transplant Secondary to Viral Cardiomyopathy. Acute Care Perspectives 7(1): 7-8, 1999.
Irion GL: Case Report: Breast Abscess with Tunneling Secondary to Mastitis. Acute Care Perspectives 7(1):9, 1999.
Irion GL: Development of an Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Acute Care Perspectives 8(1): 21-22, 2000.
Irion GL: A New Paradigm for Identifying Wound Causes. Acute Care Perspectives 10(4): 19-21, 2001.
Irion GL: Fournier’s Gangrene. Acute Care Perspectives 11(4): 14-15, 2002.
Irion GL: Professionalism in Hospital-Based Physical Therapy. Acute Care Perspectives 12(2): 8-11, 2003.
Irion GL: Lab Values Update. Acute Care Perspectives 13(1): 1-5, 2004
Irion GL, Benefield B, Bolton R, Collins G, Davidson K. Effects of Shoulder Range of Motion on Sternal Skin Stress. Acute Care Perspectives 14(1):13-14, 2005.
Irion GL, Stone S, Fischer T, Finch VP, Phillips LR, Frederickson C: Accelerated Resurfacing of Biopsy-type Wounds by Mechanical Stimulation. Advances in Skin and Wound Care. 2006; 19:97-102.
Irion GL, Boyer S, McGinnis T, Thomason M, Trippe A. Effect of upper extremity movement on sternal skin stress. Acute Care Perspectives 15(3):1-6, 2006.
Irion GL, Boyte B, Ingram J, Kirchem C, Weathers J. Sternal skin stress produced by functional upper extremity movements. Acute Care Perspectives 16(3):1-5, 2007.
Irion GL, Cossman J. Factors related to low representation of male physical therapists in acute care settings. Acute Care Perspectives 17(4):16-20,25, 2008.
Irion GL, Cossman J. Determinants of sex segregation within practice settings. Acute Care IrionPerspectives 18(1):1-7, 2009.
Irion GL. Pilonidal disease. Acute Care Perspectives 18(3):1,3-5, 2009.
Irion G, Melancon HH, Nuchereno N, Strawbridge B, Young J. Cardiovascular responses to carrying groceries in bags with and without handles. J Acute Care Phys Ther 2010; 1(2):64-68.
Irion JM, Irion GL. Water Immersion to Reduce Peripheral Edema in Pregnancy. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. 2011;34(2):46-49.
Irion JM, Irion GL, Giglio M, Lewis K. Current Trends of Physical Therapy Interventions for High-Risk Pregnancies. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. In press.
Irion GL, Gamble J, Harmon C, Jones E, Vaccarella A. Effects of Upper Extremity Movements on Sternal Skin Stress. J Acute Care Phys Ther. In press.
Irion, GL: Physiology: The Basis of Clinical Practice, Slack, Inc. 410 pages, ISBN 1-55642-380-2, QP34.5.I75 2000
Irion, GL: Comprehensive Wound Management, Slack, Inc. ISBN 1-55642-477-9, 2002
Irion, GL: Feridas: Novas Abordagens, Manejo Clínico e Atlas em Cores, Brazilian Portugese translation of Comprehensive Wound Management, published by LAB in Brazil. ISBN 8527710773
Irion, JM and Irion, GL (eds): Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy: Principles and Practices for Rehabilitation Professionals, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins. 2009. ISBN-10: 0781744814; ISBN-13: 978-0781744812
Irion GL: Comprehensive Wound Management 2nd edition, Slack Inc. 2009. ISBN 10: 1-55642-833-2, ISBN 13: 978-1-55642-833-3
Irion, GL: Women and Heart Disease. In: Irion, JM and Irion, GL (eds): Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy: Principles and Practices for Rehabilitation Professionals, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins.
Irion, JM and Irion, GL: Physiological, Anatomical, and Musculoskeletal Changes during the Childbearing Year. In: Irion, JM and Irion, GL (eds): Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy: Principles and Practices for Rehabilitation Professionals, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins.
Strunk, ER and Irion, GL: Exercise Issues and Aging. In: Irion, JM and Irion, GL (eds): Women’s Health Care in Physical Therapy: Principles and Practices for Rehabilitation Professionals, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins.
Irion GL, Goodman CC. Laboratory Tests and Values. In: Goodman, Fuller (eds) Pathology. Implications for the Physical Therapist 3rd edition, Chapter 40 (pp 1637-68), 2009.
He is a regular presenter at APTA national conferences including scientific presentations and educational sessions. He has made over 40 scientific presentations at national conferences. He has taught over 30 continuing education courses for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.
Faculty Inductee into Alpha Eta Allied Health Honor Society
Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Arkansas Physical Therapy Association Professional Development Award
Distinguished Public Service Award, Arthritis Foundation, Arkansas Chapter, in
Who’s Who in Health Sciences Education
& 2000: APTA Partners in Excellence
Award: Best Newsletter (Acute Care Perspectives)
- Married to Jean Irion June 7, 1980
- Five children: Lindsay (born 1985), Kyle (born 1987), Christina, Phillip, Connor (born 1994)
- Actively involved in Master’s track and field