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Chad Cook, PT, PhD

Chad Cook, PT, PhD
Program Director, Interim Chief, Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Physical Therapy

Dr. Cook is a musculoskeletal clinical researcher with foci in diagnosis, interventions, and outcomes assessment. As a productive researcher, he has published over 250 peer reviewed papers and has an H index of 37. His earlier work involved the validation of outcomes measures including item response theory. Dr. Cook has completed a number of studies investigating commonly used tests and measures for orthopedic diagnoses. Recent investigations have included trials designed to investigate the effectiveness of manual therapy-based interventions of the spine and shoulder. His work has led to international recognition and collaborations in numerous countries.

Dr. Cook is a past recipient of the OPTP/JMMT publication award (2003, 2005), the AAOMPT/Dick Erhard Excellence in Research Award (2011, 2012), the Helen May Bradley Career Achievement Award-Maryville University (2007), the J Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award (2005), the 2012 APTA Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award (co-author), and was a Williams Evans Research Fellow, University of Otago in 2012 and a University of Newcastle, Australia, Research Fellow in 2015.

For more information, visit dpt.duhs.duke.edu/faculty-staff/core-faculty/chad-cook

Current Projects

  • The Role of Opioids in patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement (funded by DoD)

  • Differences in total claims paid and patient outcomes when a patient with spine pain sees either a physical therapist first or a medical physician (funded by MITRE)

  • Predictors of positive outcomes at two years for patients receiving lumbar fusion surgery (funded by CDLR-NIH)

Selected Publications & Grants




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