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Mark Pitkin, PhD, DsC


Training + Education LETI University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Gender Male
Accepted Insurances View Accepted Insurances at Tufts MC + Floating Hospital

Honors + Awards

Recognition Award, The Massachusetts House of Representatives - for the Efforts on Behalf of Landmine Survivors
Russian Chapter of the ISPO Award - for initiation and development of Amputee Hockey in Russia and Internationally
United Nations Association of the USA Award - for “Best Photo” of the IPRLS Amputee Hockey World Team during the first annual Night of a Thousand Dinners
The Tech Museum of Innovation Award - a nominee for the work Rolling Joint Technology
Tufts Hall of Diversity Award
Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences –Diploma #133-NMCPX

Publications + National Presentations

1. Pitkin, M (2008). Principle of Spectral Reciprocity in Biomechanics of Locomotion and Rehabilitation. The Open Rehabilitation Journal, 1: 1-4.

2. Pitkin, M (2008). Guest Editorial: One lesson from arthroplasty to osseointegration in a search for better fixation of in-bone implanted prosthesis. J Rehabil Res Dev 45(4): vii-xiv.

3. Pitkin, M (2009). On the way to total integration of the prosthetic pylon with residuum. J Rehabil Res Dev 46(3): 345-360.

4. Pitkin, M, G. Raykhtsaum, J. Pilling, Y. Shukeylo, V. Moxson, V. Duz, J. Lewandowski, R. Connolly, S. Kistenberg, J. Dalton, B. Prilutsky, and S. Jacobson (2009). Mathematical modeling, mechanical and histopathology testing of the porous prosthetic pylon for direct skeletal attachment. J Rehabil Res Dev 46(3): 315-330.

5. Pitkin M, Pilling J, Raykhtsaum G. (2012). Mechanical properties of totally permeable titanium composite pylon for direct skeletal attachment. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: 100(B):993-999

6. Pitkin M, Cassidy C, Muppavarapu R, Edell D. (2012). Recording of Electric Signal Passing Through a Pylon in Direct Skeletal Attachment of Leg Prostheses with Neuromuscular Control. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 59(5):1349-53

7. Pitkin M (2013). What Can Normal Gait Biomechanics Teach a Designer of Lower Limb Prostheses? Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics 15(1): 3-10.

8. Pitkin, M. (2013). "Design features of the implants for direct skeletal attachment of limb prostheses." Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 101(11): 3339–334

9. Pitkin, M., C. Cassidy, R. Muppavarapu, J. Raymond, M. Shevtsov, O. Galibin and S. D. Rousselle (2013). "New method of fixation of in-bone implanted prosthesis." Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 50(5): 709-722

10. Farrell, B., B. Prilutsky, R. Kistenberg, J. Dalton, A. Strong and M. Pitkin (2013). "An animal model to study skin-implant-bone integration and prosthetic gait with limb prostheses directly attached to the residual limb." Clinical Biomechanics


Dr. Pitkin graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Petersburg University (Russia) in Mechanics. He received his Ph.D. from the Central Institute for Prosthetic Research, Moscow, and the Doctor of Technical Sciences (D.Sc.) degree from LETI University, St. Petersburg.

Before joining the faculty of Tufts University in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Pitkin headed the Foot Biomechanics Department at the St. Petersburg Institute of Prosthetics. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Human Performance Laboratory at The University of Calgary, and at the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT.

In 1999, Dr. Pitkin organized in St. Petersburg, Russia, the first ever amputee hockey team, and was a co-founder and the first President of the International Standing Ice Hockey Federation (2004-2006 and 2008-2012). He teaches a course “Computerized motion analysis for the graduate students in biomedical sciences at the Tufts School of Medicine.

Dr. Pitkin published more than 80 research articles and four monographs in biomechanics and prosthetics.

Professional Memberships

International Society of Biomechanics
International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

Research Focus

My research interests include biomechanics of locomotion; design of limb prostheses and technology of direct skeletal attachments; system biology of skeleton.