School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumni Award
The highest honor bestowed by the SHP Alumni Association is presented annually to one alumnus who has made major contributions to the health profession through commitment of excellence, research, education, community service and leadership roles.

2022 Recipient
Chad D. Davenport, PT, DPT, SCS

Davenport, Chad 2022 SHP Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Davenport earned his Master's of Physical Therapy degree from the UTMB School of Health Professions in 2007.  Upon graduating, he worked as an outpatient physical therapist at UTMB and eventually went on to complete his doctorate degree in 2011.

During his years as a staff PT, Dr. Davenport obtained board specialty certifications in orthopedics and sports physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association, became certified in strength and conditioning and is a certified clinical instructor.

In 2013, Dr. Davenport and colleagues developed the UTMB Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and currently serves at its Program Director and Clinical Coordinator.

Today, Dr. Davenport is in the Team Lead position at the UTMB Sports Medicine clinic at the League City campus and continues to treat patients, participates in clinical research, performs peer reviews for the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and presents occasionally in clinical education settings.


Nominations for 2023 are closed. The winner will be recognized at the school's commencement ceremony on August 18, 2023. 


View a historical list of School of Health Professions alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award dating back to 1982.