Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP

Adjunct Associate of Rehabilitation Medicine
Georgia Tech, Applied Physiology, Director of Prosthetics/Orthotics

Email:   chris.hovorka@ap.gatech.org
555 14th Street NW
Room 1329-A
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone:   (404) 385-1895

Overview

Christopher Hovorka serves as co-director of the MSPO program in the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech. He teaches courses in Upper Limb Orthotics and Clinical Pathology. In addition, he is pursuing a PhD in Applied Physiology with focus in biomechanics in which he is exploiting lower limb orthotic constraint of motion for motor rehabilitation.

Education

BS, Exercise Science, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1987

BS Prosthetics & Orthotics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1991

Resident Orthotist, Southern Illinois University Orthotic-Prosthetic Service, Department of Orthopaedics, Springfield, IL, 1991-1992

Resident Prosthetist, Newington Children’s Hospital, Newington Orthotic and Prosthetic Systems, Newington, CT, 1993

MS, Allied Health Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1998

Doctoral student, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, in progress

Publications

Hovorka CF, Kogler GF. “Orthotics in Rehabilitation” in Wolf SA, Roy S (eds.) The Rehabilitation Specialists Handbook. 4th ed. Philadelphia: FA Davis Company; (in press).

Hovorka CF, Geil MD, Lusardi MM. Chapter 7: “Biomechanical Principles of Orthotic and Prosthetic Design” in Lusardi MM, Nielsen CC (eds.). Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Boston:  Butterworth Heinemann; 2007, p. 135-154.

Sawers A, Parsons S, Geil M, Hovorka C. Positive model temperature and its effect on stiffness and percent crystallinity of polypropylene. J Prosthet Orthot 2007:19:3:75-83..
Faghri PD, Hovorka CF, Trombower RT. Reducing edema in the lower extremity of hemiplegic stroke patients: a non-pharmacological approach. J Clin Kinesiol 2002:16:8:878-885.

Awards and Honors

American Board for Certification in Prosthetics, Orthotics and Pedorthics, Inc., Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (#1340)

Composite State Board of Medical Examiners of Georgia, Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist (#33)

American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Health Fitness Specialist (#2284)

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Outstanding Educator Award

Georgia Tech College of Sciences Faculty Recognition Award

University of Connecticut Award for Excellence in Clinical Research