Location

Rochester, Minnesota

Contact

Kaufman.Kenton@mayo.edu

Summary

The research of Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., and his colleagues is focused on human locomotion. They evaluate and develop mobility aids, seek ways to improve health and performance through exercise, and work on the development of new techniques to improve patient care.

Focus areas

Current research is aimed at:

  • Improving the rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors
  • Developing advanced prosthetics and orthotics
  • Improving wheelchair mobility
  • Designing and developing a pressure microsensor that will measure muscle force in vivo
  • Developing methods for field-based monitoring of human movement

Significance to patient care

In addition to the patient care focus of Dr. Kaufman's research, time is also devoted to direct patient care. The aims of the clinical program are to understand the influence of altered neuromuscular function on movement, provide recommendations for clinical treatment and perform outcome evaluations.

Health professionals treating patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders evaluate and treat the patient based on information gained from visual observation, physical examination, manual muscle testing, and testing that is often done in a stationary position (e.g., X-ray, CT, MRI). However, these tests do not tell how a person is functioning.

In contrast, Dr. Kaufman and his team objectively measure dynamic functional impairments. This quantitative information can then be used as a basis for recommendation of a therapeutic intervention.

Professional highlights

  • W. Hall Wendel, Jr., Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Mayo Clinic, 2007-present
  • Co-Director, Biomechanics and Motion Analysis Laboratory, Mayo Clinic

Recent Publications

See my publications

Professional Details

Primary Appointment

  1. Orthopedic Surgery

Joint Appointment

  1. Physiology and Biomedical Engineering

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Education

  1. Post Doctoral Fellowship Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. PhD - Biomechanical Engineering, Statistics minor North Dakota State University
  3. Visiting Scientist Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. MS - Agricultural Engineering South Dakota State University
  5. BS - Agricultural Engineering, Mathematics minor South Dakota State University
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