Welcome from the Chairman

Dr. Michael Iwama, Professor and Chair Department of Occupational TherapyBuilding on 40 years of excellence in occupational therapy, and standing on our proud legacy spanning almost two centuries as the Medical College of Georgia, we endeavor to develop our exceptional graduate students to become outstanding caring professionals who will lead this great profession and positively change the world. We are Occupational Therapy at Augusta University. 

It’s my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University. Occupational therapy is one of the world’s great health professions, listed by Time magazine as one of America’s "5 Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now." So much of what we do in everyday life is tied to our sense of well-being, our identity, and in our sense of belonging. We often take our ability to navigate the routines and requirements of daily life for granted until they happen to be altered by some catastrophe or condition. Occupational therapists are professionals who enable people from all walks of life to engage and participate in those activities and processes of daily life that really matter. Occupational therapy is a special calling, and we hope that you are here exploring these pages because you are hearing your call.

Dr. Michael Iwama and Daughter Michelle (at age 1) “May what I do flow from me like  a river no forcing or holding back, the way it is with children.” - Ranier Maria RilkeThe Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University is Georgia’s only publicly funded institution offering the Masters of Health Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Our program is led by national and international renowned faculty, centered in the state’s premier health sciences center and medical school. Our facilities and resources are state of the art, and among the very best in the nation. In the past five years, our award-winning faculty have brought in over $11 million in extramural research funding, published 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored five books and 22 chapters in leading OT textbooks, and given over 250 national and international conference presentations- 40 of which were of the keynote and plenary type.

Earning your OT graduate degree here comes with so much more. We are Augusta University OT and we would love to have you come and join us, share our legacy, and be a part of our great future.


-Dr. Michael K. Iwama, PhD