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Read the latest news from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about NUPOC and our recent achievements.

  • NUPOC students' Poster Presentation
    Earlier this month, "The Effects of Prosthesis Mechanical Properties on Standing and Walking Balance in Unilateral Transtibial Prosthesis Users: A Literature Review" written by three of our MPO '23 students, was accepted as a Poster Presentation during the 49th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium. The Academy is known for the high-quality research presented via posters during its Annual Meeting. We would like to congratulate Ross Kelly, Madison Nastruz, and Kristen John on this wonderful accomplishment!
  • 12.07.2022

    Feinberg’s Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health hosted the 11th annual Global Health symposium on December 2, celebrating global health research, education and outreach efforts from Feinberg global health investigators, faculty, students and community partners.

  • NUPOC Director of Education
    We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Michael Cavanaugh MSHI, CPO as Director of the NUPOC Education Program!
    Michael joined our team about 7 years ago and is a graduate of our very own MPO program. After completing his studies at NUPOC, Michael worked in a clinical setting for another 7 years prior to joining our team.
    In addition to becoming our Director, Michael also teaches students here. Given his extensive experience and familiarity with NUPOC, we are confident that he will continue to enrich our program.
    In the role as Director of Education, he will report to Chairman Dr. Elliot Roth, and he will have responsibilities for leading the faculty, the students, and the operations of all education programs of the Center.
    Please join us in welcoming Mr. Michael Cavanaugh to this important role as Director of Education for NUPOC!
  • NUPOC Welcomes Dan Hasso
    Meet our newest faculty member, Dan Hasso! Prior to joining NUPOC as a faculty member, Dan completed our certificate programs in 1990 and 1992. He has had a lengthy career with a wide variety of past experiences ranging from staff CPO, clinic manager, resident mentor, and even president of the Midwest Chapter of the AAOP. We are thrilled to welcome Dan back into our classrooms as an instructor for the upper limp prosthetics course. Dan is most excited to share all of his experience with the students and is eager to help them learn as they begin their journey to becoming certified prosthetist-orthotists. Welcome, Dan!
  • 09.21.2022

    Northwestern University has announced the endowment of the Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care, focused on improving the quality of primary care throughout the world.

  • 07.28.2022

    Northwestern Medicine scientists are expanding the global network of COVID-19 sequencing in regions where there is limited viral genetic information reporting.

  • NUPOSS Presents to Cambodia School
    Recently, our student society (NUPOSS) presented what it's like to learn at NUPOC to another prosthetics and orthotics program in Cambodia (Exceed Cambodia). Exceed Cambodia also shared what it's like going to school there, their lives as students, courses they are required to take and more. Students then compared and contrasted their education programs. NUPOSS is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from individuals across the globe who share a passion for O&P, and look forward to learning more about the practice of O&P in other countries. Check out some of the pictures on our Facebook page!
  • 06.27.2022

    Daniel Latyshev, a rising second-year medical student, has organized several aid efforts for Ukraine.

  • 05.27.2022
    Earlier this month, some of our faculty and staff were invited to OT World, an international trade show that focuses on modern orthopedic treatment and care. Dr. Matty Major, Kristin Carnahan and Ryan Caldwell flew to Leipzig, Germany to present their symposium. You can view their presentations here:
  • 05.26.2022
    We would like to congratulate Bradley Moore for successfully defending his thesis project! The thesis project itself was an investigation into the effects of upper limb constraint and arm dominance on mechanisms of perturbation recovery. Within this study, Moore wanted to evaluate motor compensations for stability regulation in conditions of restricted arm swing, which was accomplished by binding the non-dominant arm of able-bodied individuals during treadmill-delivered trip perturbation walking trials. Perturbations were delivered to both the dominant and non-dominant sides of the body to identify differences in gait stability. With the successful thesis defense and completion of his study, Moore is now set to move to Houston, TX, at the end of the month where he will begin working as a Biomechanics Analyst for the Houston Astros LLC. Within this role he will be analyzing player performance and player health while working to optimize the on-field success of the team.
  • 04.28.2022
    After two years, Dr. Matthew Major and colleagues have successfully finished editing their special edition journal on Soft Tissue Biomechanics in Wound Healing and Prevention. You can read the publication in its entirity, as well as their editorial commentary, here:
  • 04.18.2022

    John Brinkmann, CPO, Kierra Falbo (MPO15), and Sara Morgan, PhD announce a new publication titled Determining educational assessment criteria for patellar-tendon-bearing impressions for transtibial prosthetic sockets: a Delphi study. This study focused on establishing assessment criteria for a clinical task and is the first of its type in orthotics and prosthetics education. The study was conceived as part of Mr. Brinkmann’s Searle Fellowship and Ms. Falbo completed a preliminary literature review as part of her Capstone research project while a NUPOC MPO student.

    The article has been published Online First on the Prosthetics and Orthotics International website:

  • Emily Mueller Awarded First Place for Student Poster Contest

    Last month, Emily Mueller presented her poster at the 2022 Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium, and was entered into the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) Student Poster Prize contest. ABC partnered with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) to administer the contest. The OPERF Research Committee reviewed the submissions of all contestants and has awarded prizes for first, second, and third place; $1,000, $850, and $650, respectively. We are proud to announce that Emily has been awarded first place!

    "I am thrilled to have been selected as the first prize winner of the Student Poster Prize from ABC and OPERF! Being able to attend the Academy Meeting and present the results of my master's capstone project in the form of a poster was an exciting opportunity to share my research with the O&P community." -Emily Mueller, MPO 2022

    Congratulations, Emily and keep up the hard work!

  • NUPOC Researchers Announce New Publication

    Dr. Matthew Major and colleagues announce a new publication titled Comparison of Ischial Containment and Sub-Ischial Sockets Effect on Gait Biomechanics in People with Transfemoral Amputation: a randomized crossover trial. The objective of this study was to compare gait biomechanics of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket to the Ischial Containment (IC) Socket. Read the full article here:


  • 2022 Ken Harris DEI Scholar
    Congratulations to Alliah Turner, our first ever Ken Harris Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship recipient! This scholarship was established to honor the 30+ year career, service, and dedication of Ken Harris, and to provide support for students who are from marginalized backgrounds who are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Alliah will receive $10,000 towards her education. The anonymous donor hopes such scholarship will be financially added to by others who seek to honor Ken Harris and provide support for students who are from marginalized backgrounds. We thank Alliah for her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 
  • NUPOC Researchers Announce New Publication

    Dr. Matthew Major and colleagues have published a new study titled Biomechanical evaluation over level ground walking of user-specific prosthetic feet designed using the lower leg trajectory error framework. Read the full article here:

  • NUPOC Establishes DEI Council

    Earlier this year, NUPOC established it’s very first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. The DEI council met this past February for their first event facilitated by Dr. Lopez-Rosado. The event served as an opportunity for Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine's Prosthetics and Orthotics Center and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents to learn more about navigating conversations with Spanish-speaking patients within the Orthotics and Prosthetics field.

    During the event, Tessa Brooks, MPO ‘22, presented part of their capstone on, "What language barriers affect provider and patient experiences in rehabilitation settings/services?" Participants were then able to learn Spanish terminology relating to the field of O&P, partake in a group activity, and develop sentences they would be able to utilize in their future settings. 

    Participants were also given a variety of educational resources such as Spanish translations of O&P vocabulary, case studies, as well as access to a Spanish Medical Terminology course provided by Dr. Lopez-Rosado. The purpose of this event was to encourage further dialogue between patients and practitioners of differing cultural backgrounds while decreasing language barriers and increasing health care access. 

    To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit:


  • Meet our 2022 Tamarack Award Recipients
    Cerik Carter, Emily Weidensee and Abigail Stepnitz have recently been awarded the 2022 Tamarack Awards! The Tamarack Awards were established at NUPOC in 2014 by the generosity of J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP, owner and chief engineer of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies (Blaine, MN).
    During the second year of their MPO training at NUPOC, students who demonstrate excellence in orthotics compete by submitting an original essay that details his/her commitment to orthotics. Each of the three annual merit awards conveys a $2,000 monetary prize.
    NUPOC greatly appreciates the generosity of Mr. Carlson for bestowing the annual Tamarack Awards at NUPOC.
    Congratulations to the 2022 Tamarack awardees and keep up the excellent work!
  • Effects of Walking Speed and Prosthetic Knee Control Type on External Mechanical Work in Transfemoral Prosthesis Users
    Dr. Matthew Major and colleagues have published a new study in the Journal of Biomechanics that focuses on characterizing the effects of walking speed on mechanical work in unilateral TFPUs. Read the full article here:
  • 02.15.2022
    Wendy Beattie, an assistant faculty member here at NUPOC, reflects on her experience as a woman in the orthotics and prosthetics field while fondly reminiscing about her time as a NUPOC student.

    Wendy is the first woman to receive the Titus-Ferguson Award, a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to P&O.

    Check out this video to learn more about Wendy's journey through the field of O&P:
  • 02.03.2022

    A recent Northwestern Medicine study found global efforts to track variants grossly underreported a probable variant of concern, Eta, circulating in Nigeria in early 2021.