The University of Washington (UW) Department of Rehabilitation Medicine named Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), program director for the Division of Prosthetics & Orthotics and professor and associate chair for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Geoffrey Balkman, PhD, LCPO; Bryan Roehr, LCPO, BS; Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO, and Beth Halsne, PhD, CPO, have been added to the Division of Prosthetics & Orthotics faculty, nearly doubling its size.
Fatone has an O&P undergraduate degree and a doctorate from La Trobe University, Australia. She spent 21 years as a researcher Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, first as a post-doctoral fellow, then research assistant professor in 2003, associate professor in 2011, and professor in 2017. She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and extensive funding, including from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. Fatone will continue her research in addition to directing the O&P program and contributing as core administrative faculty to the rehabilitation science PhD program.
Balkman received an O&P degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, and a doctorate in rehabilitation science from UW in 2021. Balkman will continue his research as an assistant professor, teach in the master of prosthetics and orthotics (MPO) program, and mentor students in the rehabilitation science PhD program.
Roehr completed a bachelor’s degree in O&P at UW in 2003. Along with his 20 years of clinical experience, Roehr has served as a student preceptor and guest lecturer at UW, and joined the MPO faculty as assistant teaching professor.
Morgan obtained a bachelor’s degree in O&P in 2004, and a PhD in rehabilitation science in 2014 from UW. She has been part of the UW Division of Prosthetics and Orthotics faculty as an assistant professor, was a clinical scientist at the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Spine Research Program, and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Rehabilitation Science Program. As an affiliate assistant professor at UW, Morgan will engage with the MPO program and contribute to O&P research.
Halsne obtained her bachelor’s degree in O&P from UW in 2010, and after completing residencies, worked as a research prosthetist/orthotist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She returned to UW in 2015 and graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and in 2021 earned a PhD in rehabilitation science. She is now a research scientist in the Veterans Affairs RRD Center for Limb Loss and MoBility. Halsne is also an affiliate assistant professor in the UW Division of Prosthetics & Orthotics where she continues to engage with the MPO program.