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Sara Morgan PhD
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Clinical Scientist, Spine

Research Focus Area(s)

  • Scoliosis
  • prosthetic and orthotic care
  • Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO, joined the Gillette Research Department in late 2020. She is a Clinical Scientist and the co-Director of the Spine Research Program. Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on clinically-meaningful outcomes related to operative and non-operative treatments for scoliosis, comparative effectiveness of scoliosis treatments, and the development of clinical guidelines to inform evidence-based care.

    Dr. Morgan has academic affiliations at the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington. Through these affiliations, she maintains research collaborations focused on outcome measure development and assessment in prosthetic and orthotic care and mentors doctoral students in Rehabilitation Science. She is also an active volunteer in professional organizations, and currently serves as the Research Committee Chair for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research.

  • Graduate Degree: 
    University of Washington, PhD, Rehabilitation Science

    • American Board Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO).
    • American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (member, Board of Directors, past-chair of Research Council).
    • Scoliosis Research Society (Candidate Fellow)
    • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (Associate Member)
    • Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Editorial Board)
    • Orthotic and Prosthetic Foundation for Education and Research (Chair of Research Committee, Board of Directors)
  • Morgan SJ, Liljenquist KS, Kajlich A, Gailey RS, Amtmann D, Hafner BJ. Mobility with a lower limb prosthesis: experiences of users with high levels of functional ability. Disabil Rehabil, 44(13):3236-3244, 2022, PMID 33280454.

    Buyuk AF, Truong WH, Morgan SJ, Snyder AJ, Miller DJ, Nolin KK, Smith KJ. Is Nighttime Bracing Effective in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review Based on Scoliosis Research Society Guidelines. Spine Deform, 10(2):247-256, 2022. PMID 34676518.

    McMahon R, Morgan SJ, Brooks JT, Cahill P, Fitzgerald R, Li Y, Pediatric Spine Study Group, Truong WH. Does the presence of programmable implanted devices in patients with early onset scoliosis alter typical operative and postoperative practices? A survey of spine surgeons. Spine Deform, 10(4):951-64, 2022, PMID 35143030.

    Find a list of Dr. Morgan's publications here

  • Research Areas of Interest

    • Comparative effectiveness of scoliosis treatments
    • Outcome measurement
    • Long-term outcomes for people with pediatric spinal deformities
    • Operative and non-operative health outcomes for people with scoliosis
    • Assessment of outcomes related to prosthetic, orthopaedic, and rehabilitation interventions
    • Outcome measure development and assessment.


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