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Michael J Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Core Faculty


Assistant Professor

(303) 724-9025

Professional Qualifications


Regis University, Denver, CO, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2014

CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO PhD in Clinical Science, 2012

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, MMaster of Physical Therapy, 2005

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, BA in Molecular Biology, 1998

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #9977

Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Certified Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist

APTA Certified Clinical Instructor

Curriculum Vitae


 Current Teaching Responsibilities:

DPTR5621 Evidence Based Practice
DPTR5631 Clinical Reasoning I
DPTR6612 Clinical Reasoning II
DPTR6633 Clinical Reasoning III
DPTR7651 Clinical Reasoning Capstone


 Research and Scholarship Interests

Current Funding
Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Movement Pattern Training after Total Knee Arthroplasty NIH R56-AG048943 Sept 2015--Aug 2016 ($382,625). The major goal of this project is to determine the differences in clinical outcomes between a movement pattern training program compared to a traditional rehabilitation program after TKA. Role: Co-investigator

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Progressive Rehabilitation for Total Knee Arthroplasty NIH R01-HD065900 Aug 2011-May 2016 ($2,469,362). The major goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a more intensive rehabilitation program compared to traditional rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty. Role: Research Coordinator 

Past Funding 
Bade, MJ (Trainee), Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor), Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; May 2010-April 2012. Improving Strength and Function after Total Knee Arthroplasty. This award provided salary support for Michael Bade’s PhD training focused on rehabilitation outcomes after total knee arthroplasty. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process. 

Bade, MJ (Trainee), Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). ACR REF/Abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship ($3,500 to trainee; $2,500 to mentor). May 2009-April 2010. The goal of this award was to introduce students to rheumatology-related health care by partially supporting full-time research. This project was specifically focused on assessing the initial efficacy of a progressive rehabilitation program compared to a standard rehabilitation program after TKA.


    1. Lutz GJ, Bremner SN, Bade MJ.  Identification of myosin light chains in Rana Pipiens skeletal muscle and their expression patterns along single fibers.  J Exp Biol. 2001; 204:4237-48

    2. Rapport MJ, Rodriguez J, Bade MJ.  Use of a community volunteer program to develop value for patient centered care in physical therapy education.  J. Phys. Ther. Educ. 2010; 24(2):53-59.

    3. Bade MJ, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Outcomes before and after total knee arthroplasty compared to healthy adults.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.  2010; 40(9):559-567.

    4. Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Judd D, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Weight-bearing asymmetry during sit to stand transitions related to impairment and functional mobility after total knee arthroplasty.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil.  2011; 92(10):1624-9.

    5. Bade MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Early high-intensity rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty improves outcomes.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.  2011; 41(12): 932-941.

    6. Bade MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Restoration of physical function in patients following total knee arthroplasty - an update on rehabilitation practices.  Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2012; 24(2):208-214.

    7. Bade MJ, Wolfe P, Zeni JA, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Snyder-Mackler L.  Predicting poor physical performance after total knee arthroplasty.  J Orthop Res.  2012; 30(11):1805-1810.

    8. Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Weitzenkamp DA, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Factors predicting weight-bearing asymmetry 1 month after unilateral total knee arthroplasty: a cross-sectional study.  Gait Posture. 2013; 37(3): 363-367.

    9. Stevens-Lapsley JE, Bade MJ, Shulman BC, Kohrt WM, Dayton MR.  Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty improves early knee strength but not functional performance:  a randomized controlled trial.  J Arthroplasty.  2012; 27(10):1812-1819.

    10. Dayton MR, Bade MJ, Muratore T, Shulman BC, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty:  surgical implications for recovery.  J Knee Surg.  2013; 26:195-202.

    11. Bade MJ, Kittelson JM, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Predicting functional performance and range of motion outcomes after total knee arthroplasty. AJPM&R. 2014; 93(7): 579-85.

    12. McPoil TG, Haager M, Hilt J, Klapheke J, Martinez R, VanSteenwyk C, Weber N, Cornwall MW, Bade M.  Can static foot posture measurements predict midfoot plantar surface area?  Foot (Edinb). 2014; 24(4):161-8.

    13. Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Paxton R, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Measuring movement symmetry using tibial-mounted accelerometers for people recovering from total knee arthroplasty.  Clin Biomech.  2015; 30(7):732-7.

    14. Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Davidson BS, Stevens-Lapsley JE.  Effects of weight-bearing biofeedback training on function movement patterns following TKA: A Pilot Study.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.  2015; 45(9): 647-55.

    15. Stevens-Lapsley JE, Bade MJ, Wolfe P, Dayton MR. Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty does not improve outcomes 1 year after surgery: a randomized controlled trial.  J Clin Trials.  In press.

    16. Bade MJ, Chi TL, Farrell KC, Gresel AJ, Hammel LJ, Koster BN, Leatzow AB, Thomas EC, McPoil TG.  The use of a static measure to predict foot posture at midsupport during running.  Int J Sports Phys Ther. In press.

    17. Bade M, Baertlein S, Bouten T, Conboy K, Kim A, Van Portfliet M, Young E, Vasquez S, McPoil T.  A comparison of lower extremity alignment risk factors between competitive and recreational runners.  Orthopaedic Practice.  In press.

    18. Bade MJ, Aaron K, McPoil TG.  Accuracy of self-reported foot strike pattern in intercollegiate and recreastional runners during shod running.  Int J Sports Phys Ther.  In review.

    19. Bade MJ, Cobo-Estevez M, Neeley D, Pandya J, Gunderson T, Cook C.  Effects of manual therapy and exercise targeting the hips in patients with low back pain – a randomized controlled trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.  In review.  


 Honors and Awards

APTA Section on Geriatrics Adopt-A-Doc Award- 2010, 2011
Outstanding PhD Student in Clinical Investigation Award - 2008
APTA Mary McMillan Award – 2005
Medical Alumni Loyalty Award – University of North Carolina - 2004
University Merit Assistantship Award – University of North Carolina - 2003
Summa Cum Laude Honors - University of Colorado - 1998