Please consider a gift today to continue Sue’s life work and legacy through current and future School of Public Health and Health Professions students in the Department of Rehabilitation Science's, Physical Therapy program.
The Susan E. Bennett Memorial Fund honors the life and legacy of Susan E. Bennett. For over 40 years, Sue worked tirelessly on behalf of others, serving her patients, students and profession. This fund will provide student support with a hope to ultimately create an endowed scholarship in Sue’s memory.
Dr. Susan Bennett, DPT, EdD, MS, a longtime faculty member in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions and pioneer in rehabilitation practices for people with multiple sclerosis, was a kind and generous teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. She died June 4 after a battle with cancer. Sue was one of the school’s most beloved faculty, a respected and nationally acknowledged practitioner, and a woman whose devotion to caring for others was always evident.
In honor of her memory, Sue’s family, friends and colleagues have created the Susan E. Bennett Memorial Fund, which will provide a financial award to a student enrolled in the Department of Rehabilitation Science who demonstrates promise in the field of physical therapy. In order to build upon Sue’s legacy, preference will be given to students with a desire to work in neurological rehabilitation or with an interest in treating MS patients.
Sue founded her physical therapy practice, Bennett Rehabilitation Institute, in 1992. The practice is a leader in treating patients with neurological conditions. Sue was the first rehabilitation professional to receive the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual whose decades-long commitment has driven significant advances in the care of people with MS.
Sue was a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials, as well as an invited presenter or lecturer at numerous medical conferences, both nationally and internationally. She authored or co-authored articles in numerous leading medical journals, including Multiple Sclerosis, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
A native of Buffalo, Sue was a clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and interim chair of the department from 2016-18. In addition to her faculty position at UB, she also was a full-time faculty member in D’Youville College’s DPT program, and throughout her career taught thousands of student physical therapists at both institutions.
Please continue to share information and also please know that checks can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 730
Buffalo, NY 14226
Please note on the check that is for the Susan E. Bennett Memorial Fund