Kenton R. Kaufman

Dr. Kenton R. Kaufman is the W. Hall Wendel Jr Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, and Consultant in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic. He is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Kaufman’s primary area of research is musculoskeletal rehabilitation science. Throughout his career, he has been funded by NIH, NSF, and DOD for projects aimed at improving the mobility of disabled individuals. He has served as the Principal Investigator of a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary network working to develop advanced musculoskeletal rehabilitation for our severely wounded servicemen and women. This broad-based and integrated clinical and translational research program was dedicated to improving the rehabilitation rate and outcome in military service members and veterans who have suffered major limb trauma. He is currently leading a national effort to develop a Limb Loss and Preservation Registry, which will collect data that will improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation efforts for this population. He is the co-inventor of the SensorWalk, a stance-control orthosis on the commercial market. He has had research funding totaling $62 million, has published over 270 scientific peer-reviewed papers, and holds 6 US patents and one international patent.

Dr. Kaufman has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Borelli Award for outstanding career accomplishment, ASB Goel Award for Translational Biomechanics, ASB Young Investigator Award, Excellence in Research Award and the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Research Award from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, three Best Scientific Paper Awards from the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, Frank Stinchfield Award from The Hip Society, John Charnley Award from The Hip Society, John Insall Award from The Knee Society, Thranhardt Award from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, and the Clinical Biomechanics Award from the International Society of Biomechanics. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus (2007) and Distinguished Engineer (2008) at South Dakota State University. The results of his research have also led to many articles for the general population. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, Preventive Medicine, Men’s Health, WebMD, and Stars and Stripes. He has also appeared on the nationally syndicated shows Medical Edge and Bottom Line on Your Health.

Dr. Kaufman currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association and the Research Advisory Board for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He serves on the editorial boards of Gait and Posture, and Prosthetic and Orthotics International. Dr. Kaufman has served as a reviewer for NIH, CDC, NIDRR, DOD, and the VA. He has served as chair of review committees for NIH and DOD, on the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH, and on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at NIH. Dr. Kaufman is a Past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. He is a founding member and Past President of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Biomechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and International Society of Biomechanics.

Dr. Kaufman has worked closely with the military throughout his career. He was on the Working Group on Injury Prevention of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board from 1994-95. He served on the Expert Panel on Conditioning Exercises for Naval Special Warfare Personnel in 1994, the Expert Panel on the Evaluation of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Recruit Training Program in 1994, and the Expert Panel for Microprocessor-Controlled Knee Prostheses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2003.