Richard W. Bunch, Ph.D., P.T., C.B.E.S.
Dr. Bunch is a licensed physical therapist and ergonomic specialist specializing in functional capacities evaluations (FCEs), new hire and return to work fit-for-duty evaluations, ergonomics, wellness, and injury prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). He attended undergraduate training at West Point United States Military Academy and Louisiana State University. He received his clinical degree in Physical Therapy and Medical Ph.D. in Human Anatomy and Physiology from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center with honors in 1983.
Dr. Bunch is currently the founder and C.E.O. of Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation (ISR) Institute, Inc., an organization that offers ergonomics training and consulting and state and nation-wide functional testing (fit for duty assessments) for new hire and return-to-work cases via a national network of clinics certified by ISR Institute. Functional testing services offered by Dr. Bunch's organization, ISR Institute, known as WorkSaver(sm) Systems, are fully EEOC and ADA-compliant. With administrative offices and clinics located in New Orleans (Harahan) and Houma, Louisiana, ISR Institute offers employee functional testing via WorkSaver(sm) certified affiliate clinics that span from the gulf coast to as far north as Alaska. ISR Institute also has an affiliate clinic in Guam. Dr. Bunch's nationwide WorkSaver(sm) functional testing provider network has proven to be highly effective in reducing injuries and litigation for many large and small industries.
Dr. Bunch also currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at Tulane University Medical Center, Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where he conducts seminars in ergonomics. He has developed the only Clinical and Behavioral-Based Ergonomic Specialist Certification (CBES) course in the United States for safety professionals, industrial hygienists, ergonomic consultants and occupational health providers. He is a frequently invited lecturer to both safety and medical conferences nationally and internationally. He has spoken at national and regional ASSE conferences on numerous occasions and won "Best Speaker" Awards twice in different divisions for the National Safety Council.
Dr. Bunch has published numerous articles and book chapters dealing with wellness, ergonomics, behavioral-based injury prevention, employee functional testing, and back injury prevention.
Richard W. Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES
C.E.O., ISR Institute, Inc.
Clinical Associate Professor, Tulane University Medical Center
Department of Public Health
1516 River Oaks Rd. West
New Orleans, Louisiana 70123