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Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
DepartmentPhysical Therapy & Athletic Training
Address635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 358-3037
 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2003Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India: Gold Medal, Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)
2005International Society for Postural and Gait Research: Travel Award
2008University of Florida: Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar
2012NIAMS P50 Translation of Quantitative Imaging in Osteoarthritis, UCSF/UCD: Travel Award
2012Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Biomarkers Workshop III – Imaging Biomarkers V: Young Investigator Award
2014Advancing Arthritis Research Workshop, Boston University Center for Enhancing Activity and Participa: New Investigator Award
2014Musculoskeletal Sex Differences Throughout the Lifespan (SD) Research, AAOS/CORR/ORS/CMH-UCD: Young Investigator Award
2015ORS/OREF/AAOS: New Investigator Workshop
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Kumar is a clinician-scientist investigating the biomechanical mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of hip and knee osteoarthritis, and using this knowledge to develop more effective and personalized interventions that may reduce disability and directly impact patient care. At Boston University, Dr. Kumar directs the Movement & Applied Imaging Lab. His lab utilizes biomechanical, imaging, and functional techniques to assess the quality and quantity of movement, tissue health, and disability in people at-risk of or those with hip or knee osteoarthritis. At-risk populations include athletes with femoroacetabular impingement, ACL or meniscus injuries, older adults with obesity, and women. Overarching goal of the research done in the lab is to ensure an active living across the lifespan for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Kumar received his entry-level and graduate training in physical therapy in India. He completed his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Delaware followed by postdoctoral work in advanced imaging of osteoarthritis at the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research group at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kumar was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina before joining Boston University. He also holds an appointment in the Clinical Epidemiology Research & Training Unit at BU School of Medicine.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • osteoarthritis
  • biomechanics
  • gait
  • physical therapy
  • physical activity
  • MRI
  • femoroacetabular impingement
  • knee pain
  • hip pain
  • cartilage
  • muscle
 Publications
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  1. Gallo MC, Wyatt C, Pedoia V, Kumar D, Lee S, Nardo L, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. T1? and T2 relaxation times are associated with progression of hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Aug; 24(8):1399-407. PMID: 26973330.
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  2. McDermott K, Kumar D, Goldman V, Feng H, Mehling W, Moskowitz JT, Souza RB, Hecht FM. Training in ChiRunning to reduce blood pressure: a randomized controlled pilot study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015; 15:368. PMID: 26471194.
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  3. Calixto NE, Kumar D, Subburaj K, Singh J, Schooler J, Nardo L, Li X, Souza RB, Link TM, Majumdar S. Zonal differences in meniscus MR relaxation times in response to in vivo static loading in knee osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2016 Feb; 34(2):249-61. PMID: 26223430.
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  4. Samaan MA, Teng HL, Kumar D, Lee S, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Acetabular cartilage defects cause altered hip and knee joint coordination variability during gait. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2015 Dec; 30(10):1202-9. PMID: 26298706.
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  5. Kumar D, Souza RB, Subburaj K, MacLeod TD, Singh J, Calixto NE, Nardo L, Link TM, Li X, Lane NE, Majumdar S. Are There Sex Differences in Knee Cartilage Composition and Walking Mechanics in Healthy and Osteoarthritis Populations? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Aug; 473(8):2548-58. PMID: 25716211.
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  6. Li X, Pedoia V, Kumar D, Rivoire J, Wyatt C, Lansdown D, Amano K, Okazaki N, Savic D, Koff MF, Felmlee J, Williams SL, Majumdar S. Cartilage T1? and T2 relaxation times: longitudinal reproducibility and variations using different coils, MR systems and sites. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Dec; 23(12):2214-23. PMID: 26187574.
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  7. Wyatt C, Kumar D, Subburaj K, Lee S, Nardo L, Narayanan D, Lansdown D, Vail T, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Cartilage T1? and T2 Relaxation Times in Patients With Mild-to-Moderate Radiographic Hip Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jun; 67(6):1548-56. PMID: 25779656.
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  8. Teng HL, MacLeod TD, Kumar D, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Individuals with isolated patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis exhibit higher mechanical loading at the knee during the second half of the stance phase. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2015 May; 30(4):383-90. PMID: 25726158.
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  9. Kumar D, Wyatt C, Chiba K, Lee S, Nardo L, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Anatomic correlates of reduced hip extension during walking in individuals with mild-moderate radiographic hip osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2015 Apr; 33(4):527-34. PMID: 25678302.
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  10. Kumar D, McDermott K, Feng H, Goldman V, Luke A, Souza RB, Hecht FM. Effects of Form-Focused Training on Running Biomechanics: A Pilot Randomized Trial in Untrained Individuals. PM R. 2015 Aug; 7(8):814-22. PMID: 25633634.
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  11. Pun S, Kumar D, Lane NE. Femoroacetabular impingement. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jan; 67(1):17-27. PMID: 25308887.
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  12. Kumar D, Souza RB, Singh J, Calixto NE, Nardo L, Link TM, Li X, Majumdar S. Physical activity and spatial differences in medial knee T1rho and t2 relaxation times in knee osteoarthritis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Dec; 44(12):964-72. PMID: 25353261.
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  13. MacLeod TD, Subburaj K, Wu S, Kumar D, Wyatt C, Souza RB. Magnetic resonance analysis of loaded meniscus deformation: a novel technique comparing participants with and without radiographic knee osteoarthritis. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Jan; 44(1):125-35. PMID: 25296900.
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  14. Lee S, Nardo L, Kumar D, Wyatt CR, Souza RB, Lynch J, McCulloch CE, Majumdar S, Lane NE, Link TM. Scoring hip osteoarthritis with MRI (SHOMRI): A whole joint osteoarthritis evaluation system. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Jun; 41(6):1549-57. PMID: 25139720.
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  15. Kumar D, Kothari A, Souza RB, Wu S, Benjamin Ma C, Li X. Frontal plane knee mechanics and medial cartilage MR relaxation times in individuals with ACL reconstruction: A pilot study. Knee. 2014 Oct; 21(5):881-5. PMID: 24993277.
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  16. Souza RB, Kumar D, Calixto N, Singh J, Schooler J, Subburaj K, Li X, Link TM, Majumdar S. Response of knee cartilage T1rho and T2 relaxation times to in vivo mechanical loading in individuals with and without knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Oct; 22(10):1367-76. PMID: 24792208.
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  17. Kumar D, Dillon A, Nardo L, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Differences in the association of hip cartilage lesions and cam-type femoroacetabular impingement with movement patterns: a preliminary study. PM R. 2014 Aug; 6(8):681-9. PMID: 24534097.
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  18. Kumar D, Karampinos DC, MacLeod TD, Lin W, Nardo L, Li X, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Quadriceps intramuscular fat fraction rather than muscle size is associated with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Feb; 22(2):226-34. PMID: 24361743.
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  19. Schooler J, Kumar D, Nardo L, McCulloch C, Li X, Link TM, Majumdar S. Longitudinal evaluation of T1? and T2 spatial distribution in osteoarthritic and healthy medial knee cartilage. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Jan; 22(1):51-62. PMID: 24188868.
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  20. Kumar D, Subburaj K, Lin W, Karampinos DC, McCulloch CE, Li X, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Quadriceps and hamstrings morphology is related to walking mechanics and knee cartilage MRI relaxation times in young adults. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Dec; 43(12):881-90. PMID: 24175607.
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  21. Kumar D, Swanik CB, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS. Individuals with medial knee osteoarthritis show neuromuscular adaptation when perturbed during walking despite functional and structural impairments. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Jan 1; 116(1):13-23. PMID: 24072409.
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  22. Kumar D, Wyatt CR, Lee S, Nardo L, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Association of cartilage defects, and other MRI findings with pain and function in individuals with mild-moderate radiographic hip osteoarthritis and controls. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Nov; 21(11):1685-92. PMID: 23948977.
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  23. Kumar D, Manal KT, Rudolph KS. Knee joint loading during gait in healthy controls and individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Feb; 21(2):298-305. PMID: 23182814.
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  24. Valentinitsch A, Karampinos DC, Alizai H, Subburaj K, Kumar D, Link TM, Majumdar S. Automated unsupervised multi-parametric classification of adipose tissue depots in skeletal muscle. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Apr; 37(4):917-27. PMID: 23097409.
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  25. Kumar D, Schooler J, Zuo J, McCulloch CE, Nardo L, Link TM, Li X, Majumdar S. Trabecular bone structure and spatial differences in articular cartilage MR relaxation times in individuals with posterior horn medial meniscal tears. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Jan; 21(1):86-93. PMID: 23047010.
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  26. Subburaj K, Kumar D, Souza RB, Alizai H, Li X, Link TM, Majumdar S. The acute effect of running on knee articular cartilage and meniscus magnetic resonance relaxation times in young healthy adults. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Sep; 40(9):2134-41. PMID: 22729505.
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  27. Shin CS, Souza RB, Kumar D, Link TM, Wyman BT, Majumdar S. In vivo tibiofemoral cartilage-to-cartilage contact area of females with medial osteoarthritis under acute loading using MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Dec; 34(6):1405-13. PMID: 21953771.
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  28. Kumar D, Rudolph KS, Manal KT. EMG-driven modeling approach to muscle force and joint load estimations: case study in knee osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2012 Mar; 30(3):377-83. PMID: 21901754.
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  29. Maheshwari AV, Malhotra R, Kumar D, Pitcher JD. Rupture of the ilio-psoas tendon after a total hip arthroplasty: an unusual cause of radio-lucency of the lesser trochanter simulating a malignancy. J Orthop Surg Res. 2010; 5:6. PMID: 20205863.
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  30. Maheshwari AV, Kounine MM, Soaita M, Kumar D, Pitcher JD. Osteoporotic insufficiency fractures of the pelvis simulating a malignancy in an elderly man. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2009 Feb; 38(2):E45-8. PMID: 19340388.
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  31. Aggarwal SR, Kumar D. Lower extremity muscle strength and balance performance in Indian Community dwelling elderly men aged 50 years and above. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. 2001; 1(1):13-23.
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