Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), has been promoted to professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Fatone is principal investigator for multiple research and development projects at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) where she also contributes to the Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics program.
Fatone’s contributions to O&P include the development of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum Socket for transfemoral amputation; leading research in the orthotic management of neuromuscular conditions, particularly stroke and cerebral palsy; and evaluating the outcomes of partial foot amputation to facilitate shared decision-making.
Fatone is one of a small cadre of qualified prosthetists and orthotists with a doctorate. She has clinical and teaching experience in prosthetics and orthotics, as well as experience in clinical gait analysis. She has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and book chapters and mentored more than 60 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty.
Fatone was educated at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics in 1995 and completed her PhD in 2000.
The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists recognized her contributions with Honorary Membership in 2007 and a research award in 2010.