• Kristin R. Archer, Ph.D., D.P.T.

    Associate Professor
    Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Phone
    (615) 322-2732
    Fax
    (615) 875-1079

    Kristin R. Archer, PhD, DPT, is Associate Professor with Tenure and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Archer is also the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research and Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. She conducts independent research into outcomes after orthopaedic surgery and her program focuses on the implementation of rehabilitation interventions through comparative effectiveness research. Research interests also include the development of tools to predict outcomes after surgery and assess pain and patient psychosocial characteristics as well as management strategies to reduce opioid use in patients with chronic pain. Dr. Archer has been funded by the NIH, DoD, PCORI, and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as various foundations for research studies totaling over 7 million dollars. She is a site PI and member of the Executive Committee, for the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Research Consortium, which is funded by the DoD. Dr. Archer is also the Director for the Quality and Outcomes Database, which is a national clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. She was a research fellow of the NIH and a Visiting Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Archer is the author of over 130 peer reviewed papers and has received awards from the North American Spine Society and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Currently, she is on the editorial board of Physical Therapy and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, the U.S. representative for the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and serves as a grant reviewer for DoD, PCORI, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. She holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a masters and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado.

  • Gerasimos Bastas, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    615-322-0738

    Gerasimos Bastas, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and serves as the Director of Limb Loss Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Resident Educator Teaching Award. His clinical responsibilities include the coordination and direct care of patients, in an interdisciplinary service-line continuum, relating to issues of limb loss/difference and prosthetic restoration/enablement. He is involved in teaching PM&R residents, medical students and inter-departmental education across the health system. He has been invited to speak regionally and nationally on topics relating to the medical care of patients with limb loss, and the ethics of medical decision-making surrounding amputation surgery. His research focuses on the longitudinal evaluation of lower limb prosthetic enablement, and the medical care of people with limb loss. He served as the Inaugural Chair of the Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Group (LRRG) within the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), having championed the creation of an interdisciplinary educational and research action space for all rehabilitation professionals working to ensure the medical care, wellbeing and prosthetic enablement of people with limb loss/difference.

  • Paula Donahue, DPT, MBA, CLT

    Assistant Professor
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Physical Therapist IV
    Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness

    Office Address
    Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
    2201 Children’s Way
    Suite 1318
    Nashville
    37212
    Phone
    (615) 322-0738

    Paula Donahue, PT, DPT, MBA, CLT-LANA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Physical Therapist Level IV at Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness. She received her training at Duke University (BS), Northwestern University Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (DPT), The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (MBA), and The Academy of Lymphatic Studies (CLT), and she has obtained Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification. She specializes in the treatment of lymphedema, lipedema and oncology rehabilitation and engages in related clinical care and research.

  • Michael Goldfarb, PhD

    H. Fort Flowers Chair, Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering,
    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
    and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Office Address
    336-C Olin Hall
    Phone
    (615) 343-6924

    Dr. Goldfarb directs the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, which specializes in the development and assessment of robotic technology to improve the quality of life and/or quality of care for people with physical disabilities. The Center’s research includes the development and assessment of robotic lower limb prostheses that offer improved gait biomechanics across a wide range of activities to transtibial and transfemoral amputees; the development and assessment of multigrasp hand prostheses that offer enhanced dexterity to upper extremity amputees; the development and assessment of lower limb exoskeletons to provide legged mobility to individuals with paraplegia; and the development of lower limb exoskeletons as a therapeutic intervention to provide overground gait retraining for individuals with lower limb hemiparesis following stroke.

  • Theodore F. Towse, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Assistant Professor
    Radiology and Radiological Sciences

    Office Address
    Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
    2201 Children’s Way
    Suite 1318
    Nashville
    37212
    Phone
    (615) 322-0738
  • Karl Zelik, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Phone
    615-875-1506

    Dr. Zelik co-directs the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology (CREATE) at Vanderbilt University. CREATE aims to improve health, mobility and independence for individuals with disabilities, and to enhance human capabilities beyond biological limits, by engineering, measuring, optimizing and understanding technologies that physically augment human performance. Dr. Zelik’s research team employs experimental and computational methods to study human biomechanics and how biomechanical principles can translate into improvements in assistive devices (prostheses, exoskeletons, exosuits, smart clothing and wearables). Dr. Zelik received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, then his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Following this, Dr. Zelik was a postdoctoral researcher and Whitaker International Scholar at the Santa Lucia Foundation Rehabilitation Hospital in Rome, Italy. He joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2014, and holds secondary appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Zelik received the International Society of Biomechanics Promising Scientist Award and the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award in 2017, and a Nashville Emerging Leader Award in 2018. He has published >30 peer-reviewed journal papers on biomechanics and assistive technology. His work has been funded by NIH, NSF, NIOSH, NIDILRR, industry and private foundations. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of HeroWear LLC, a Vanderbilt spin-off company that develops industrial exosuits.