Excepcional calidad de España   August 25th, 2017

​Friday, July 14, 2017 in the beautiful Aulario V, Faculty of Physiotherapy of the University of Valencia (Spain): Enrique Lluch Girbés is defending his PhD in front of an international jury of experts. As always, he looks very calm and addresses all raised issues thoroughly. Prof. dr. Jose Antonio Vega Alvarez, chair of the jury, finishes the ceremony by awarding Enrique his second PhD.

Yes, you’ve read this correctly: his second PhD. Enrique already had a PhD, awarded to him for work done in collaboration with the great Deborah Falla. Having more than one PhD title goes along with a special title: ‘doctor multiplex’, abbreviated as ‘dr. mult.’. Enrique is very passionate about pain science in general, and pain science within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in particular. This, together with his natural writing talent, inherited from his father who is a successful Spanish author of children’s books, has led to a remarkable scientific productivity. For someone who has published more than 33 full text peer reviewed journal articles in less than 5 years, of which 13 as first author, it is well deserved to be introduced as Dr. Mult. Enrique Lluch Girbés. There is many more exciting work coming up. The best is yet to come…

His new and impressive title will not change the man who Enrique is: there is no doubt he will stay the kind, humble, reliable and caring man he is. A dedicated and loving father of 2 wonderful suns and caring husband of a lovely wife, enjoying life, including playing tennis and making fun of Belgium, when they lost another soccer match against Spain. It’s an honor to collaborate with such a dear colleague and friend.

Paul Hodges holds 3 PhD’s. One more to go Enrique!

Jo Nijs

Have a look at Enrique’s impressive list of publications:


Enrique’s second PhD on central sensitization & pain neuroscience education in osteoarthritis is based on the following papers:

-Expanded Distribution of Pain as a Sign of Central Sensitization in Individuals With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26939604

-Balancing "hands-on" with "hands-off" physical therapy interventions for the treatment of central sensitization pain in osteoarthritis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25169787

-Evidence for central sensitization in patients with osteoarthritis pain: a systematic literature review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24700605