Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Physical Therapy

PhD, University of Delaware
MSc, Jamia Hamdard
BSc, Delhi University

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.

Boston University
Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center

A multimodal high-tech/high-touch intervention to address racial inequalities in management of chronic knee pain and depressive symptoms
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2025 (PI)
Rheumatology Research Foundation

Deep learning analysis of physical activity patterns in knee osteoarthritis
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2025 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Kerry Costello, PhD
Rheumatology Research Foundation

Music-based, walking rhythm modulating wearable sensor system for people with knee osteoarthritis
08/05/2022 - 08/21/2024 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

Wearable sensor-based Outcomes Following Physical Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Feasibility Study (WESENS-OA)
12/20/2019 - 06/30/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Pfizer, Inc.

Mindfulness and Exercise for Chronic Pain Management in Knee Osteoarthritis
12/30/2019 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
Pfizer, Inc.

Longterm Effect of Genicular Nerve Ablation on Knee Pain, Gait and Joint Structure
07/01/2020 - 07/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Tufts Medical Center, Inc. NIH NIAMS

Mind Your Walk Intervention for Community-Based Management of Knee OA: A Feasibility Study
08/01/2017 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases

Feasibility of Mind Your Walk Intervention for Knee OA
09/01/2016 - 01/14/2017 (PI)
Rheumatology Research Foundation


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  1. Rose MJ, Neogi T, Friscia B, Torabian KA, LaValley MP, Gheller M, Adamowicz L, Georgiev P, Viktrup L, Demanuele C, Wacnik PW, Kumar D. Reliability of Wearable Sensors for Assessing Gait and Chair Stand Function at Home in People With Knee Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Sep; 75(9):1939-1948.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36734316; PMCID: PMC10397366; DOI: 10.1002/acr.25096;
  2. Costello KE, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kolachalama VB, Kumar D. Gait, physical activity and tibiofemoral cartilage damage: a longitudinal machine learning analysis in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Aug; 57(16):1018-1024.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36868795; PMCID: PMC10423491; DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106142;
  3. Kumar D, Neogi T, Peloquin C, Marinko L, Camarinos J, Aoyagi K, Felson DT, Dubreuil M. Delayed timing of physical therapy initiation increases the risk of future opioid use in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a real-world cohort study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Aug; 57(15):958-964.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36822841; PMCID: PMC10444904; DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106044;
  4. Bacon KL, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Kolachalama VB, Hausdorff JM, Gazit E, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Kumar D. Relation of gait measures with mild unilateral knee pain during walking using machine learning. Sci Rep. 2022 Dec 23; 12(1):22200.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36564397; PMCID: PMC9789148; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-21142-2;
  5. Rose MJ, LaValley MP, Jafarzadeh SR, Costello KE, Shah N, Lee S, Borrelli B, Messier SP, Neogi T, Kumar D. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity, Pain, Mood, and Sleep in Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis. J Meas Phys Behav. 2022 Dec; 5(4):294-298.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36779003; PMCID: PMC9918033; DOI: 10.1123/jmpb.2022-0019;
  6. Endrighi R, Zhao Y, Hughes RB, Kumar D, Borrelli B. Associations Between Smoking Status and Physical and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life Among Individuals With Mobility Impairments. Ann Behav Med. 2022 Aug 30; 56(9):890-899.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34453512; PMCID: PMC9424865; DOI: 10.1093/abm/kaab077;
  7. Shah N, Costello K, Mehta A, Kumar D. Applications of Digital Health Technologies in Knee Osteoarthritis: Narrative Review. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2022 Jun 08; 9(2):e33489.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35675102; PMCID: PMC9218886; DOI: 10.2196/33489;
  8. Rose MJ, Costello KE, Eigenbrot S, Torabian K, Kumar D. Inertial Measurement Units and Application for Remote Health Care in Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: Narrative Review. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2022 Jun 02; 9(2):e33521.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35653180; PMCID: PMC9204569; DOI: 10.2196/33521;
  9. Aoyagi K, Liew JW, Farrar JT, Wang N, Carlesso L, Kumar D, Frey Law L, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Neogi T. Does weight-bearing versus non-weight-bearing pain reflect different pain mechanisms in knee osteoarthritis?: the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2022 04; 30(4):545-550.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34801670; PMCID: PMC8940656; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2021.10.014;
  10. Aoyagi K, Neogi T, Peloquin C, Dubreuil M, Marinko L, Camarinos J, Felson DT, Kumar D. Association of Physical Therapy Interventions With Long-term Opioid Use After Total Knee Replacement. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 10 01; 4(10):e2131271.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34705013; PMCID: PMC8552057; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.31271;
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2015 ORS/OREF/AAOS: New Investigator Workshop
2014 Musculoskeletal Sex Differences Throughout the Lifespan (SD) Research, AAOS/CORR/ORS/CMH-UCD: Young Investigator Award
2014 Advancing Arthritis Research Workshop, Boston University Center for Enhancing Activity and Participa: New Investigator Award
2012 NIAMS P50 Translation of Quantitative Imaging in Osteoarthritis, UCSF/UCD: Travel Award
2012 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Biomarkers Workshop III – Imaging Biomarkers V: Young Investigator Award
2008 University of Florida: Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar
2005 International Society for Postural and Gait Research: Travel Award
2003 Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India: Gold Medal, Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)
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femoroacetabular impingement
hip pain
knee pain
physical activity
physical therapy

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