Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Dept of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

PhD, University of Delaware
MSc, Jamia Hamdard

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

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)

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2016.03.005;
  4. 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;
  5. 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; DOI: 10.1002/jor.23004;
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC4674371; DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.08.003;
  7. 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; PMCID: PMC4488198; DOI: 10.1007/s11999-015-4212-2;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC4663102; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2015.07.006;
  9. 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; DOI: 10.1002/art.39074;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC4404202; DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.02.008;
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femoroacetabular impingement
hip pain
knee pain
physical activity
physical therapy

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