June 8 - 9, 2021

Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

Keynote 1

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 Co-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 260 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, 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.

Talk Title: “What’s in your toolbox?”
Date/Time: Tuesday June 8th, 11:30-12:30


At the completion of this talk, the audience will be able to

  1. List 3 methods for quantifying human movement
  2. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each method
  3. Explain when each method should be used.


Freeman Miller, MD

Keynote 2

Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1978. A Residency in Orthopedic surgery was completed in 1983, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr Miller was Co-director of the Cerebral Palsy Program and the Clinical Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for 30 years. He contiues as an emeritis staff member at AI duPont Hospital for Children providing consultative services and is active in the research program. His clinical practice of pediatric orthopedics is limited to children with cerebral palsy. For the past 25 years, Dr. Miller has held Adjunct Professor appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physical Education at the University of Delaware. He is also a member of the University BIOMS program, which is an interdisciplinary graduate program in biomedical engineering. Dr Miller has been actively involved in supervision of graduate and undergraduate students at Delaware through these programs. Current and past reseach interests include investigation of surgical outcomes of CP surgery through gait analysis; mathematical modeling of the hip joint in children with CP, hip monitoring and management for children with CP, and management of spinal deformity in CP. Almost all my clinical practice has been focused on orthopedic management of children with neurologic disability, especially on improving gait and managing disabiling deformity.

Dr. Miller has published approximately 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, has published a book Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Caregiving directed at families and none medical careproviders which was published in 1995, and in 2017 was revised and released as the thrid edition. A medical textbook, Cerebral Palsy with 1080 pages outlining musculoskeletal care of the child with cerebral palsy was written by Dr. Miller and published in 2005 by Springer-Verlag. The second edition of this book is will be released in mid 2020.

Talk Title: “Diagnostic Clinical Gait Analysis: Where are we and Where should we go?”
Date/Time: Wednesday June 9th, 11:30-12:30


At the completion of this talk, the audience will be able to

  1. Understand the current deficits in our use of gait analysis data for clinical decision making.
  2. To be able to conceptualize new options for future clinical applications of gait data to improve patient outcomes.
  3. Appreciating the longterm nature of childhood gait treatment and its lifetime implications in the context of the international framework of understanding disability.