Known as the creator of the "Bionic Arm," Todd A. Kuiken, PhD '89, MD '90, GME '95, gained world-wide recognition with the introduction of his neuro-controlled prosthetic arm that allows an amputee to move his or her artificial limb simply by thinking about it. The first major advancement in prosthetics since World War II, the thought-controlled arm allows for more natural movement and greater range of motion.
Dr. Kuiken began his pioneering research in nerve-muscle grafting in 1983 while working on his PhD in biomedical engineering as part of the combined MD/PhD program at Northwestern. He is associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also holds the post of Associate Dean.
Dr. Kuiken is director of the Neural Engineering Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). In addition to his work with RIC and the Feinberg School of Medicine, he collaborates with the U.S. government to provide the latest in medical and rehabilitative technologies for injured military personnel.