Linda A. Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Linda A. Koehler

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-1502

Mailing Address:
MMC 388, 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Lab Address:
Room 103 Children's Rehabilitation Center
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

PhD, University of Minnesota (Rehabilitation Science Program), 2013

BS, University of Minnesota (Physical Therapy Program), 1995


Awards & Recognition

  • Roza Steer Breast Cancer Research Award, University of Minnesota (2013)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2011-2012)<
  • Fairview Courageous Leadership Scholarship, Fairview Health Care System (2007-2008)
  • Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, American Physical Therapy Association (2016)

Professional Associations

  • National Lymphedema Network International Conference - Scientific Planning Committee
  • University of Minnesota - Masonic Cancer Center Faculty
  • International Society of Lymphology
  • American Lymphedema Foundation
  • Lymphology Association of North America
  • National Lymphology Network
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Lymphology Association of North America (certified lymphedema therapist)

Professional and Scientific Activities

  • Scientific Committee Member, National Lymphedema Network, 11th International Conference, 2013-present
  • Manuscript Reviewer,


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Koehler's area of interest includes cancer survivorship and lymphatic disorders. Her specific focus is on axillary web syndrome, lymphedema, and outcome measures following breast cancer treatment. Her research encompasses rehabilitation and exercise to improve the function and physical health in cancer survivors.

In January 2015, Dr. Koehler obtained a research appointment within the Masonic Cancer Center. Through her research, her goal is to address the physical impairments following cancer treatment and enhance cancer rehabilitation.

Current Studies

  • Axillary web syndrome ongoing medical evaluation
  • Quality of life in breast cancer survivors who participate in dragon boat racing
  • Measurement of local tissue water following breast cancer surgery


  • Koehler LA, Blaes AH, Haddad TC, Hunter DW, Hirsch AT, Ludewig PM: Movement, function, pain, and post-op edema in axillary web syndrome. Physical Therapy, Vol. 95, No. 10, (October 2015), 1345-1353. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20140377.
  • Koehler, LA, DW Hunter, TC Haddad, AH Blaes, AT Hirsch, PM Ludewig: Characterizing Axillary Web Syndrome: Ultrasonographic efficacy. Lymphology, Vol. 47, No. 4, (Dec 2014), 153-155.
  • Koehler LA. Axillary Web Syndrome. In: Zuther, JE. Lymphedema Management, The Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Practitioners. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Scientific Publishers; 2013:64-67.
  • Koehler LA. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome/Parkes Weber Syndrome. In: Zuther, JE. Lymphedema Management, The Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Practitioners. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Scientific Publishers; 2013:209-210.
  • Koehler LA. Axillary Web Syndrome (ie.cording).Available at: April 28, 2011.
  • Koehler LA. Axillary web syndrome and lymphedema, a new perspective. Lymph Link 18(3):9-10; 2006


Teaching Areas

Research; Integument; Lymphedema; Cancer Rehabilitation; Human Development; Orientation to Physical Therapy


Board Certifications

Clincal Experience - Physical Therapist

  • 2009-present: Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Casual Physical Therapist, Wyoming, MN
  • 2002-2009: Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Physical Therapist; Clinical Specialist, Chisago City, MN
  • 1995-2002: Sister Kenney Sports and Physical Therapy, Unity Hospital, Fridley, MN