Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

Directors' Letter

Welcome to the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC)! NUPOC was founded in 1958 to advance the quality of life for persons who use prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (braces/splints). Many noteworthy advances in prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) rehabilitation have resulted from the creative application of science and engineering principles to solve clinically-relevant problems within our research laboratories. Collaborations with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science enable some of the best and brightest Northwestern University graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to participate in our work.

Established Education

NUPOC’s educational program is the largest and oldest accredited P&O training institution in the hemisphere. The innovative Blended Learning format provides a strong theoretical foundation combined with an intensive clinical practicum where students work directly with people who use the prosthetic & orthotic devices they have created. Our Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics (MPO) graduates are well prepared to complete a supervised Residency and successfully pass national practitioner Certification examinations.

Dedicated Research

The center continues to evolve in response to the rapid pace of advances in science, technology and healthcare. Our specially-designed facilities on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus combine state-of-the-art clinical teaching resources with extensive research capabilities, including the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center Motion Analysis Research Laboratory. Our longstanding tradition of bringing together clinical experts, trained scientists, and effective teachers provides an outstanding foundation for advancing the principles of Evidence Based Practice to improve the design, quality, cost-effectiveness, and delivery of tomorrow’s P&O technology.

Accomplished Alumni

NUPOC alumni play a major role in P&O research, education and clinical care in the United States and around the globe. Many highly-respected research programs are led and staffed by NUPOC doctoral graduates and post-doctoral fellows. The majority of P&O training institutions in the United States were founded, chaired or staffed by NUPOC graduates. No institution in the world has contributed more national leaders; more internationally recognized experts; more American Board Certified practitioners; or more clinically relevant new knowledge to the P&O field than our Center.

Please browse this site for additional information about the exciting and important activities we undertake at NUPOC! Contact our center for more information.

Steven A. Gard, PhD and J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC

Steve GardJ. Chad Duncan

Our Directors
Steven A. Gard, PhD and J. Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC