Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Assistant 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

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

Music-based, walking rhythm modulating wearable sensor system for people with knee osteoarthritis
08/05/2022 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

Wearable sensor-based Outcomes Following Physical Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Feasibility Study (WESENS-OA)
12/20/2019 - 06/30/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
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. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. Kumar D, Link TM, Jafarzadeh SR, LaValley MP, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Association of Quadriceps Adiposity With an Increase in Knee Cartilage, Meniscus, or Bone Marrow Lesions Over Three Years. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 08; 73(8):1134-1139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32339414; PMCID: PMC7606313; DOI: 10.1002/acr.24232;
  5. Costello KE, Felson DT, Neogi T, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Gross KD, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kumar D. Ground reaction force patterns in knees with and without radiographic osteoarthritis and pain: descriptive analyses of a large cohort (the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2021 08; 29(8):1138-1146.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33757856; PMCID: PMC8319033; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2021.03.009;
  6. Costello KE, Eigenbrot S, Geronimo A, Guermazi A, Felson DT, Richards J, Kumar D. Quantifying varus thrust in knee osteoarthritis using wearable inertial sensors: A proof of concept. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2020 12; 80:105232.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33202314; PMCID: PMC7749075; DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2020.105232;
  7. Kumar D, Su F, Wu D, Pedoia V, Heitkamp L, Ma CB, Souza RB, Li X. Frontal Plane Knee Mechanics and Early Cartilage Degeneration in People With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Longitudinal Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 02; 46(2):378-387. PMID: 29125920; PMCID: PMC6709529; DOI: 10.1177/0363546517739605;
  8. Kumar D, Wyatt C, Lee S, Okazaki N, Chiba K, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Sagittal plane walking patterns are related to MRI changes over 18-months in people with and without mild-moderate hip osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2018 05; 36(5):1472-1477. PMID: 29044677; PMCID: PMC5906210; DOI: 10.1002/jor.23763;
  9. 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; PMCID: PMC4955678; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2016.03.005;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC4608185; DOI: 10.1186/s12906-015-0895-x;
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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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