Mark Bowden, PT, PhD

Vice President of Clinical Integration and Research

Dr. Mark Bowden received his physical therapy degree from Duke University in 1995, and after 8 years of clinical practice and management, received his PhD from the University of Florida in 2009. He completed a Fellowship in the APTA Education Leadership Institute in 2014 prior to assuming the role of Professor and Director of the Physical Therapy Division at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). At the beginning of 2023, Bowden joined Brooks Rehabilitation as Vice President of Clinical Integration and Research. His vision for Brooks is to be a national leader in utilizing both best evidence and practice-driven data to influence future clinical decision-making and to assist individuals in achieving their “highest level of recovery and participation in life.”

Bowden’s research focuses on recovery of walking after stroke and emphasizes biomechanical mechanisms of movement impairment as well as neurophysiological assessment and treatment. He is currently co-leading the development of a Clinical Practice Guideline focusing on improving locomotor function after acute and sub-acute neurologic injury. Recent interests involve establishing treatment frameworks to promote neurologic recovery and prevent occurrence of secondary medical events. This treatment framework is based on individualizing treatment and progression parameters to assist in altering the delivery of care and produce better rehabilitation outcomes through the application of current best evidence.

Education and Training:

  • 1987 to 1991: BS, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Major: Psychology
  • 1993 to 1995: MS, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Major: Physical Therapy
  • 2004-2009: PhD, Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program, University of Florida. Emphasis: Movement Science
  • 2013-2014: Fellow, Education Leadership Institute, American Physical Therapy Association

Focus Areas

Dr. Bowden has knowledge and experience with the following area:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Biomechanics
  • Neuromodulation
  • Translation/Implementation

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