In this, my inaugural note as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, I’d like to introduce you to the current JPO Editorial Board, and outline my vision for the JPO, and its role in the Prosthetics and Orthotics community. Appreciation is extended to departing Editor-in-Chief James Campbell, PhD, CO, and his Editorial Board members for their significant impact on the growth and direction of this journal.
As editor, I encourage the submission of exciting research to our journal. The free exchange of ideas and developments is, and always has been, necessary to drive further innovations. As challenges to the role and services of orthotists and prosthetists continue to arise, we must continue to expand our technologies, and to prove, through successful outcomes and satisfied patients, the uniqueness and quality of what we provide. My goal during the length of my tenure as editor of JPO will be to highlight the best of developments in technology, patient care and management, and trends within our community.
As I assume the helm of JPO, I intend to continue to raise the standard of research and writing being presented here. I intend to broaden and internationalize the scope of the articles, to ensure that this journal presents the best research available globally, and continues to be the preeminent journal of orthotics and prosthetics.
JPO Editorial Board Members
Stephanie Langdon-Bash, CPO, FAAOP, a past president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, received her bachelor’s degree in pre-med biology. She graduated from the orthotics certificate program at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in 1983 and from the UCLA prosthetics certificate program in 1990. She was the educational coordinator and instructor in orthotics at Rancho from 1991 to 1995, leaving to work in Rochester, Minnesota, shortly before moving to upstate New York, where she currently works at the Veterans Administration.
Aaron Foreman, MS, PT, CPO, LPO, received his bachelor’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He completed a 2-year residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and received a master’s degree in physical therapy at Southwest Texas State University. Currently, Aaron is the owner/ practitioner of a start-up company, Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies, in Austin, Texas.
Steven A. Gard, PhD, is the assistant director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics Research Laboratory and Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program, the director of the Veterans Administration Chicago Motion Analysis Research Laboratory, and a research assistant professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. Dr. Gard is actively involved in research projects investigating the biomechanics of walking, and he is particularly concerned with analyzing the effects that prostheses and orthoses have on gait. In addition to his research activities, he also teaches an introductory course on research to prosthetists and orthotists in the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center.
Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, is an ABC-certified prosthetist and orthotist. He holds a bachelor of science degree in exercise technology from the University of New Mexico, a bachelor of science in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a master of science in allied health science with an emphasis in vascular physiology from the University of Connecticut. He completed his residency in orthotics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Prosthetic-Orthotic Service and a residency in prosthetics at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (formerly Newington Children’s Hospital). He published some of the first reports on prosthetics and orthotics entry-level master’s degree curriculum and recently served as co-chair of the first world conference for university educators in prosthetics and orthotics. Currently, he is the clinical director of the master of science program in prosthetics and orthotics, based within the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.