Research Investigators - Center for Limb Loss and MoBility
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Research Investigators

David Morgenroth, M.D.

Current Position

Staff Physician
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS), Seattle, WA

Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Associate Fellowship Director, Amputee Rehabilitation Fellowship, VAPSHCS and University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Contact Information 

VA Puget Sound Health Care System
VA RR&D Center, MS 151
1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
Telephone (206) 277-1982

David Morgenroth


Academic Leadership Program: 2014 - present
Association of Academic Physiatry Program for Academic Leadership

Grantsmanship Training: January, 2014
Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) workshop, Chapel Hill, NC

Research Fellowship: 2007-2010
NIH K12 funded Rehabilitation Scientist Training Program Research Fellowship
University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, WA

Residency: 2004–2007
University of Washington
Rehabilitation Medicine

Internship: 2003–2004
Brown University
Internal Medicine

M.D. 2003
SUNY Downstate

B.S. with honors, 1996
UC Berkeley
Human Biodynamics

Recent Honors/Awards:

2007 Most Outstanding Resident Award, University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, WA
2009 Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, WA
2010 Outstanding Scientific Paper Presentation Award, Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, Florida
2010 Career Development Award, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
2010 Ernest W. Johnson / Association of Academic Physiatrists Excellence in Research Writing Award, honorable mention winner
2012, 2013 Superior Performance Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Research Interests

Dr. Morgenroth's research focuses primarily on applying principles of biomechanics and prosthetic engineering toward improving the quality of life of individuals with lower extremity amputation. This includes studies related to the following:

  1. prevention and treatment of common secondary disabilities such as low back pain and knee osteoarthritis in the amputee population,
  2. optimization of mobility in amputees through studying novel prosthetic feet and exploring the potential for intentional myoelectric control of powered lower extremity prostheses, and
  3. prevention of amputation in high-risk populations.


Farley CT, Morgenroth DC. Leg Stiffness Primarily Depends On Ankle Stiffness During Human Hopping. Journal of Biomechanics 1999; 32(3):267-273.

Morgenroth DC, Shakir A, Orendurff MS, Czerniecki JM. Low Back Pain in Transfemoral Amputees: Is There a Correlation With Static or Dynamic Leg-Length Discrepancy? American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009 Feb; 88(2):108-13.

Behr, J, Friedly, J, Molton, I, Morgenroth DC, Kessler, K, Jensen M, Smith, D (2008). Pain and Pain Related Interference in Adults With Lower Extremity Amputation: A Comparison of Knee Disarticulation, Trans-Tibial and Trans-Femoral Surgical Sites. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2009. 46(7): p. 963-72.

Morgenroth DC, Orendurff MS, Shakir A, Segal A, Shofer, J, Czerniecki JM. Low Back Pain In Transfemoral Amputees: Alterations In Lumbar Spine Kinematics During Gait. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010 Aug; 89(8):635-43.

Suri P, Morgenroth DC, Kwoh CK, Bean J, Kalichman L, Hunter DJ. Low Back Pain and Other Musculoskeletal Pain Comorbidities in Individuals with Symptomatic Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Care and Research, 2010 Dec;62(12):1715-23.

Zelik KE, Collins SH, Adamczyk PG, Segal AD, Klute GK, Morgenroth DC, Hahn ME, Orendurff MS, Czerniecki JM, Kuo AD. Systematic Variation of Prosthetic Foot Spring Affects Center-of-Mass Mechanics and Metabolic Cost During Walking. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 2011 Aug;19(4):411-9. PMID: 21708509

Morgenroth DC, Segal AD, Zelik KE, Czerniecki JM, Klute GK, Adamczyk PG, Orendurff MS, Hahn ME, Collins SH, Kuo AD. The Effect of Prosthetic Foot Push-off on Mechanical Loading Associated with Knee Osteoarthritis in Lower Extremity Amputees. Gait and Posture, 2011 Oct;34(4):502-7. PMID: 21803584

Segal AD, Zelik KE, Klute GK, Morgenroth DC, Hahn ME, Orendurff MS, Adamczyk PG, Collins SH, Kuo AD, Czerniecki JM. The Effects of a Controlled Energy Storage and Return Prototype Prosthetic Foot on Transtibial Amputee Ambulation. Human Movement Science, 2011 Hum Mov Sci. 2011 Nov 17 [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 22100728

Morgenroth DC, Gellhorn AC, Suri P. Osteoarthritis in the Disabled Population: a Mechanical Perspective. PM&R, 2012 May;4(5 Suppl):S20-7. PMID: 22632698

Suri P, Morgenroth DC, Hunter DJ. Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis and Associated Comorbidities. PM&R, 2012 May;4(5 Suppl):S10-19. PMID: 22632687

Gellhorn AC, Morgenroth DC, Goldstein B. A Novel Sonographic Method Of Measuring Tendon Length. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 2012 Mar;38(5):719-26. PMID: 22425379

Seyedali M, Czerniecki JM, Morgenroth DC, Hahn ME. Co-contraction Patterns of Trans-Tibial Amputee Ankle and Knee Musculature During Gait. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2012 May 28;9(1):29. PMID: 22640660

Morgenroth DC, Boninger ML, Czerniecki JM, Houtrow AJ, Robinson L, Sowa G, Whyte J. Academic Physiatry: Vignettes of Rewarding Careers. PM&R, 2012 Dec;4(12):923-7. PMID: 23245660

Elias JA, Morgenroth DC (corresponding author). Amputee Education in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Programs. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013 Feb;92(2):157-62. PMID: 23334616

Murray A, Morgenroth DC (corresponding author), Czerniecki JM. Residual Limb Claudication in a Traumatic Transtibial Amputee: A Case Report. PM&R, 2013 Feb;5(2):152-4. PMID: 23415251

Alcaide-Aguirre RE, Morgenroth DC, Ferris DP. Motor Control and Learning with Lower-LimbMyoelectric Control in Amputees. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2013 Aug;50(5):687-98 PMID: 24013916

Morgenroth DC. Prescribing Physician Perspective on Microprocessor-Controlled Prosthetic Knees. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: Proceedings of the State of the Science Conference, 2013; 25(4S):53-55.

Morgenroth DC, Medverd JR, Seyedali M, Czerniecki JM. The Relationship between Knee Joint Loading Rate During Walking and Degenerative Changes on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Clinical Biomechanics. In Press