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Department of Physical Therapy

Caio Sarmento, PT, Ph.D


Assistant Professor

Office Location:
PTIA Room 116

Phone: (559) 278-2065
Fax: (559) 278-3635



Education University
Ph.D Rehabilitation Science, University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), 2019
M.S. Specialization in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy, University Gama Filho (UGF), 2007
B.S. Physiotherapy, University of Paulista (UNIP), 2005


Sarmento CVM,Moon S, Pfeifer T, Lai SM, Colgrove Y, Smirnova IV, Liu W. The efficacy of Qigong Exercise on the Main Symptoms of Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Integrative Medicine Research 2020

Sarmento CVM, Maz M, Pfeifer T, Pessoa M, Liu W. Opioid Prescription Patterns Among Patients with Fibromyalgia. Journal of Opioid Management 2019

Moon S, Sarmento CVM, Steinbacher M, Smirnova IV, Colgrove Y, Lai SM, Lyons KE, Liu W. Can Qigong improve non-motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease - A pilot randomized controlled trial? Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2020

Moon S, Sarmento CVM, Smirnova IV, Colgrove Y, Lyons K, Lai SM, Liu W. Effects of Qigong Exercise on Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease: A Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Medicines 2019

Alqahtani AS, Alajam R, Moon S, Sarmento CVM, Eickmeyer SM, Jernigan S, Smirnova IV, Liu W. Reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease in non-ambulatory stroke survivors using an assisted-walking aerobic exercise: A pilot study. Int J Cerebrovasc Dis Stroke 2019

  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association  Since January 2020
  • Member of the American Association for Anatomy
    Since February 2020
  • Member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for Allied Health Professionals
    Since March 2019

  • PHTH 510: Anatomy of the Appendicular Skeleton
  • PHTH 533: Functional Kinesiology for Physical Therapists
  • PhTh 596: Case Reports
  • PhTh 598: Doctoral Project

Dr. Caio Sarmento is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno. He received his Ph.D in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received his clinical master’s degree in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy from Gama Filho University in Brazil and his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Universidade Paulista in Brazil. Dr. Sarmento has practiced physical therapy for over 10 years around the world including Brazil, England, and Japan. His clinical experience focuses on cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Dr. Sarmento’s studied chronic pain in patients with fibromyalgia, evaluating biomarker responses during moderate to high-intensity exercises for his Ph.D. His research interests are rheumatology, opioids use disorder and exercise immunology. His current research focuses on developing comprehensive exercise programs for patients with various chronic pain conditions.

Aside from academia, Dr. Sarmento enjoys mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and learning new languages.