2009-2010 Updates

July 2010

P&O Workshop for High School Students- faculty Robert Kistenberg, staff, Robert MacDonald and MSPO class of 2011 student Sarah Stilley hosted high school students from around the country as part of a workshop on careers in the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession in conjunction with the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine.

MSPO faculty awarded research grant – Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was awarded a research grant from the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes Evidence/Based Practice, for the research entitled, “Exploiting Lower Limb Orthotic Constraint of Movement as a Strategy for Neuromuscular Recalibration”.  Co-investigators on the research grant are: Young Hui Chang, PhD and Geza Kogler, PhD, CO (Georgia Tech School of Applied Physiology) and Vijaya Krishnamoorthy, PhD, PT (Emory University School of Medicine).

June 2010

Faculty and students treat patients in Belize – Robert Kistenberg, MSPO 2010 graduates Nikta Pirouz and Jennifer Reese as well as MSPO class of 2011 student Chrysta Irolla all participated as part of a Prosthetics & Orthotics Mission trip to Belize, Central America.  Over the 5 working days they designed and fit patients with 6 lower limb prostheses, 1 Transradial prosthesis and evaluated a handful of patients requiring orthotic services.  The mission trip was part of the Project Hope Belize clinic in Orange Walk Town Belize, co-sponsored by Prosthetic Hope International.

P&O Workshop for College and University Career Counselors – faculty Christopher Hovorka, staff, Robert MacDonald and MSPO class of 2011 students Sheryl Nathanson and Sarah Stilley hosted career counselors from around the country as part of a workshop on careers in the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession in conjunction with the National Association of Health Professions Counselors Annual meeting in Atlanta.

P&O Workshop for High School Students – faculty Christopher Hovorka, Robert Kistenberg, staff, Robert MacDonald and MSPO class of 2011 students Sheryl Nathanson and Sarah Stilley hosted high school students from around the country as part of a workshop on careers in the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession in conjunction with the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine.

May 2010

MSPO adjunct clinical faculty honored- Karl Barner, CPO, LPO was selected as a finalist in the “Allied Health Professional” category of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health Care Heroes Awards. Read the article here.

Congratulations to MSPO students, Molly Hill (class of 2010) and Michael Cope (class of 2011) who each were selected as this year’s Craig and Joy Guidry Scholarship recipients. The award provides $1000 to one member of each class year. Students were selected based upon current accomplishments as well as career goals and aspirations in the profession of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

That’s a Wrap- for the 7th time. The MSPO Class of 2010, the 7th graduating class celebrated their completion of the program and were awarded their degrees following a Recognition Reception on May 7. Photos of graduates are available on the Graduates Page

Faculty presents in Germany –  Robert Kistenberg and representatives from the Prosthetics Research Lab (Dr. Samer Tawfik and Shayne Kondor (Georgia Tech), Dr. Michael Terk (Emory University) and MSPO 2010 graduate Ellenor Brown presented four papers at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics XIII World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.

“Utilization of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Segmentation and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to Automate and Optimize Fabrication of Prosthetic Sockets.”

“Lower Limb Prosthetics I:  Constructing an Anatomically-Correct Structural Model of the Residual Limb”

“Lower Limb Prosthetics II: Analysis and Design Considerations of a Prosthetic Socket”

“Computer Aided Fabrication of a Carbon Fiber Prosthetic Limb Socket”.

Faculty Comments Regarding BCI- Christopher Hovorka commented on an article involving the use of Brain Controlled Interfaces for stroke survivors. His comments were published in the May 1, 2010 edition of the O&P Business News. Read it here

April 2010

Faculty presents in Ohio – Robert Kistenberg delivered the keynote presentation entitled “P&O International Outreach: What to Do, What Not to Do”at  the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting

In addition he delivered a presentation entitled, “P & O Education Update: Master’s Degrees and Beyond” at the Ohio Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s annual meeting.

March 2010

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, director of the MSPO program commented in the March issue of O&P Business News regarding the steady increase in female enrollments in P&O education programs. See the article here

Congratulations to MSPO faculty, Young Hui Chang, PhD who was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at Georgia Tech

The research of Hema Patel and Molly Hill (2nd year MSPO students) who a mentored by MSPO program Prosthetics Coordinator, Robert Kistenberg, was featured in the March 1, 2010 issue of the O&P Business News. Read the article here

February 2010

Georgia Tech MSPO program was well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

MSPO director, Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was panel speaker at the Symposium, “Perspectives on O&P Research: Finding Common Ground”

MSPO research coordinator, Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, LO was a panel speaker on the symposium, “AFOs for Running and High Activity Demands: Designs and Material Options”

MSPO prosthetics coordinator, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP presented a free paper, “Lab Safety and Environmental Impact” and was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award

Class of 2004 MSPO graduate, Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO presented in an Instructional Course, “Casting Techniques Used in the Treatment of Infantile Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis”

Class of 2005 MSPO graduate, Andrew Sawers, MSPO, CPO, LPO was a speaker in events:
Special event, “Prosthetic Grand Rounds: Evidence Based Decisions about Lower Limb Prostheses”
Special event, “The Impact of Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees on Outcomes Among Individuals with Unilateral Transfemoral or Knee Disarticulation Limb Loss: A Systematic Review
Served as a member of the Clinical Content Planning Committee for the 2010 AAOP National Meeting

Class of 2008 MSPO graduate, Calli Clark, MSPO, CO presented a free paper, “Orthotic Treatment of Pectus Carinatum: Assessing Outcomes with Digital Laser Scanner”

A number of 2nd Year MSPO students presented their Capstone Research as Poster Presentations:

Keven Dunn (Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, advisor), “Plantar Pressure Distribution in the Foot with Various Configurations of Orthotists Elevation of the Metatarsal Heads during Double Limb Stance”

Jennifer Reese (Geza Kogler, PhD, CO, advisor), “The Influence of Metatarsal Lifts on Plantar Foot Pressures during Treadmill Walking”

Molly Hill and Hema Patel (Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, advisor), “Comparison of Liner Assisted Suspensions in Transtibial Prosthetics: A Pilot Study”

Nikta Pirouz (Lewis Wheaton, PhD, advisor), “Tool Use in Upper Extremity Amputees”

Megan Krause (Young Hui Chang, PhD, advisor), “Kinematic and Kinetic Analysis of Limb Compensation due to Ankle Motion Constraints in Hopping”

Kinsey Herrin (Young Hui Chang, PhD, advisor), “Use of Neuromuscular Redundancy for Locomotor Compensation in Able-Bodied and Transtibial Amputees”

Current 1st and 2nd year MSPO students participated in several events such as the O&P Student Social, Resident Networking Session, Women of O&P Reception and the O&P High School Awareness Program in which students from O&P schools assist local high school students in learning about careers in the O&P profession.

Visiting lecturer, Mark Geil, PhD was a speaker at several events:
Special event, “Knowledge Translation: How to Get Research Results to People who Need to See Them”
Free papers, “The Influence of a Prosthetic Knee on Clearance Adaptations in Young Children with Limb Loss”

Visiting lecturer, Bryan Malas, MHPE, CO was a speaker at several events such as:
Panel speaker at the symposium entitled, “Arthrogryposis: What is the Current Thinking?”
Moderator at the Free Papers in Lower Limb Orthotics
Symposium presenter, “Perspectives in O&P Research: Finding Common Ground”

Visiting lecturer, Paul Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was a moderator for, “Free Papers – General Business”

Visiting lecturer, Gary Bedard, CO, FAAOP was a speaker for the following:
Free paper, “Extending the Performance of a Stance Control Orthosis through the Use of a Pneumatic Swing Phase Booster”
Moderator, “AFOs for Running and High Activity Demands: Designs and Material Options”
Free paper, “Using Forensic Evidence to Improve Outcome Production in Heavy Gauge Vacuum Thermoforming”

Visiting lecturer, John Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP was a speaker at several events such as:
The instructional course, “Report on the State of the science Conference on Upper Limb Prosthetics Outcome Measures”
The special event, “Prosthetic Grand Rounds: Evidence Based Decisions about Lower Limb Prostheses”
Awarded the Titus-Ferguson lifetime achievement award

Visiting lecture, David Gerecke, CPO, FAAOP was a speaker at the CAD CAM society on the topic, “Comparison of Scanner Options”

Congratulations to MSPO program faculty and Prosthetics coordinator Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP who has been selected to receive the Outstanding Educator Award for his exemplary efforts to enhance the prosthetics curriculum in the MSPO program at Georgia Tech as well as his significant contributions as chair of the US chapter of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and his humanitarian work as president of Prosthetic Hope International Inc., and Project Hope Belize. The award will be given at a ceremony at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Chicago on February 26.

January 2010

Stephanie LeGare (MSPO Class of 2009) shares her experiences as a resident orthotist in the O&P Edge Magazine. Read the article here

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP returned to Belize to provide prosthetic services as part of Project Hope Belize for persons with limb loss who are otherwise unable to receive prosthetic care. Read the article here

December 2009

Congratulations to Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Nikta Pirouz (2nd year MSPO student) on the award of a $10,000 grant to be utilized as start up funds toward the creation of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Community Clinic housed at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic in Atlanta. The clinic will address the prosthetic and orthotic health care needs for the underserved population of Atlanta.

November 2009

Young Hui Chang, PhD was cited in ScienceNOW Daily News regarding the biomechanics of running with lower limb prostheses. Read more here

Stephanie LeGare (MSPO 2009) discusses her experiences as a new resident in orthotics at National Orthotics and Prosthetics Company in Boston, Massachusetts in the November issue of the O&P Edge. Read the article here

October 2009

Congratulation to Geza Kogler, PhD, CO on his recent publication: Chin R, Hsiao-Wecksler ET, Loth E, Kogler G, Manwaring SD, Tyson SN, Shorter KA, Gilmer JN. A pneumatic power harvesting ankle foot orthosis to prevent foot drop. J Neuro Eng Rehabil 2009:6:19 Read the article here

MSPO Alumni and clinical faculty deliver presentations at Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists (GSOP) Annual Meeting, held at the Westin Atlanta (October 9-10):

Andrew Allison, MSPO, CP (class of 2007) presented, “Vacuum assisted suspension”

Steven Gaw, MSPO (class of 2008) presented, “Nighttime vs. daytime scoliosis management”

Paul Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP presented, “Using electronic medical records and workflow management software”

Marc Kaufman, CPO, LPO co-presented with Steven Gaw on “Nighttime vs. daytime scoliosis management”

Dan Zenas, CP, LP presented, “Understanding our license law”

September 2009

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP attended the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Chris Fink (MSPO 09) presented his capstone research entitled, “Body Center of Pressure Control during Gait Initiation in Transtibial Amputees” at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting in State College, Pennsylvania. The research was conducted at Georgia Tech in conjunction with Jasper T. Yen, Arick Auyang and Young-Hui Chang, PhD Read the abstract here.

Lee Childers (MSPO 2007 and current PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in Prosthetics and Orthotics) along with co-authors, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Robert Gregor, PhD recently had their research published. The article entitled, “The biomechanics of cycling with a transtibial amputation: Recommendations for prosthetic design and direction for future research” will appear in the September issue of Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The complete citation is:

Article Childers, W. Lee, Kistenberg, Robert S. and Gregor, Robert J.The biomechanics of cycling with a transtibial amputation: Recommendations for prosthetic design and direction for future research. Prosthet Orthot Int 2009:33:3,256— 271.

August 2009

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP and Boris Priloutski, PhD were a co-authors on a recent publication in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development entitled: Mathematical modeling and mechanical and histopathological testing of porous prosthetic pylon for direct skeletal attachment. Read the article here. This publication was a result of work they have been doing on direct skeletal attachment of prostheses also known as osseointegration.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP, Coordinator of Prosthetics in the MSPO program recently wrote of his experiences traveling to Iran as part of international efforts to provide outreach education and clinical services in the middle east. Read more here.

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2011. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2010 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by the president of the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists, James Young, CP, LP, FAAOP, were welcomed by the director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka and received a welcome address by the chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Richard Nichols. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath. See pictures here.