Dr. Palmer assumed his position as founding director of the physical therapy program at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 1, 2016. With 40 years of experience in physical therapy (PT), he has practiced at hospitals and outpatient centers in Texas, Georgia, and in the Middle East. He also taught in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences in Gaza. He served as a PT consultant in Beirut, Lebanon and was the PT for a semi-professional basketball team in Larnaca, Cyprus. While in Bethlehem (West Bank), Dr. Palmer developed a PT program that was implemented at Bethlehem University. He has also taught at the Medical College of Georgia, Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and the University of North Georgia.
Current research focuses on the role of rehabilitation in helping cancer survivors improve their quality of life. Other areas of interest include innovation in physical therapy education and regulation of professional licenses.