John Michael, MEd, CPO/L FISPO, FAAOP, has joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty and is the associate director of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center. Michael has practiced as a clinician and educator in private sector and university settings throughout the past 30 years, published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and text chapters, and lectured widely in the United States, Canada and abroad on a variety of prosthetic and orthotic topics.
He has served as an editor and contributor to the “Atlas of Orthoses,” the “Atlas of Limb Prostheses,” and co-authored the basic text titled “Orthotics & Prosthetics.” Michael is active in a number of professional societies and disability groups and has been a member of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (Academy), the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Michael has previously served as president of the Academy, as an official consultant to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health.
He is a chair emeritus of the U.S. National Member Society of ISPO, was named as a fellow of that organization in 1990, and has served as the ISPO honorary secretary since 2007. Michael also serves on the O&P Business News practitioner Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the Academy’s 1992 Outstanding Clinician Award, the 1997 Distinguished Practitioner Award, the 2007 Outstanding Researcher Award and was named a Fellow of the Academy in 1998. Formerly an assistant clinical professor and director of the department of prosthetics and orthotics at Duke University Medical Center, Michael has been the president of CPO Services, Inc., an independent clinical consulting firm located in the Chicago area, since 1999.