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2019 Thranhardt Lecture Series Winners

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  
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Manisha S. Bhaskar 
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Winning submissions will be feature presentations at the 45th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium.

Bethesda, MD — The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Thranhardt Lecture Series:

Shane R. Wurdeman, PhD, CP, FAAOP: Classification Tree to Determine Probability of Amputee Functional Potential. “This study utilized big data analysis to formulate early predictive analytics surrounding a lower-limb prosthesis user’s functional potential. The resultant classification tree correctly assigned individuals’ K-level for 87.4% of the sample.”

Shannon L. Mathis, PhD: Fear-Avoidance Behavior among Persons with Lower-Limb Amputation. “The fear-avoidance model presents a source for understanding poor outcomes among persons with lower-limb amputation and this study presents a novel method for identifying subgroups of individuals in this understudied population, who may be at risk for poor outcomes following lower-limb amputation surgery.”
Each year, the Academy Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee selects two abstracts to be presented as part of the Thranhardt Lecture Series. Each winner receives a $500 honorarium. Thranhardt Lecture Series abstracts are also sent to the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO) Editorial Review Board for potential inclusion in a future issue of JPO and become courses on the Academy’s Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center. 

“The Thranhardt Lecture winners are the best of the best among all abstracts selected for inclusion at each year’s Academy Annual Meeting,” said Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP, chair of the Academy Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee. 


About the Academy

The Academy, founded in 1970, is the professional organization representing certified practitioners, state-licensed practitioners, assistants, technicians, fitters, and others affiliated with the profession of orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). It is dedicated to helping its members provide the highest level of professionalism and service to their patients. To learn more about the Academy, please visit



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