"Israel Cruz-Velandia holds a PhD in Collective Health from the Universidad del Estado, Río de Janeiro, and an MSC in Education from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota. He is a physiotherapist (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota) and fulltime professor at the Universidad del Rosario’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bogota; regarding such academic unit, he has held the posts of Director of the Health Sciences Research Centre (HSRC), Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group and Director of the Physiotherapy Programme, in which role he managed the programme’s application for international accreditation by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). His teaching and research experience has been orientated towards i) critical disability studies, ii) body cultural studies and iii) historical studies regarding the professions working in the field of rehabilitation sciences. He has published scientific articles, books and chapters on the aforementioned topics. He has orientated undergraduate and postgraduate theses and been a peer evaluator for them; such academic activity has been linked to the Rehabilitation Sciences’ Research Group. He currently leads the Physiotherapy Programme’s Somatic Education Laboratory, as well as a pedagogical innovation project entitled, “Thinking with the Body: somatic education from an ethical-emotional perspective.” Such projects have enabled Professor Cruz to coordinate his academic activity with the Ethics and Citizenship Training Centre and the School of Humana Sciences’ research seedbed regarding, “sociocultural studies concerned with the body, gender and health.” He is also involved with a transdisciplinary programme entitled, “Historical-comparative and transnational studies of medicine and public health in Latin America from 1767 to the present,” offered and led by the Social Studies of the Sciences, Technologies and the Professions Group. He is an active member of the Colombian Physiotherapy Association (ASCOFI), on behalf of which he has been the South American representative on the WCPT’s International Scientific Committee at the World Physiotherapy Congresses held in Vancouver, Canada (2007), and Amsterdam, Holland (2011); he was the founder and has been the Director of the Latin-American Centre for the Development of Physiotherapy and Kinesiology (CLADEFK).