Dr. Michael Gross, PT

Michael Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3034 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)843-8680 FAX: (919)966-3678

Email address: mike_gross@med.unc.edu


Research Background
& Interests

Balance and the elderly

Prevention of athletic injuries

Rehabilitation of athletic injuries

Efficacy and mechanisms of foot orthotic intervention


Reverse-Engineering Human Musculoskeletal Design to Inform Rehabilitation of Ankle-Foot Pathologies
Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) Seed Grant. (May, 2014 – April, 2015) 
Role: Co-Investigator; Takahashi K (PI)

Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32).  PA-11-113, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), (Fall 2013 – Summer 2016)
Role: Co-Sponsor; Takahashi K (PI) 

Defining and Correcting Limb Length Inequality in Adults with Knee or Hip Symptoms.  Serving as a mentor for Dr. Golightly for Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development (KL2) Program (July, 2012 to June, 2015)
Role: Co-Investigator; Golightly Y (PI)


PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

MSPT, Physical Therapy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983

BS, Physical Therapy, The University of Florida, 1979

BA, Psychology, Miami University, 1976 


PHYT 875 – Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment

HMSC 790 - Advanced Biomechanics and Kinesiology

Lectures and modules on the foot and ankle in the DPT program and Orthopedic Residency

Selected Publications

Please see this PubMed Link for peer reviewed publications

Most Recent Refereed Papers
Gross MT, Mercer VS, Lin FC. Effects of foot orthoses on balance in older adults. J Orthop Sports  Phys Ther. 2012 Jul;42(7):649-57.            PMID: 22282317

Goss DL, Gross MT. A review of mechanics and injury trends among various running styles. US Army Med Dep J. 2012 Jul-Sep:62-71.       PMID: 22815167

Goss DL, Gross MT. Relationships among self-reported shoe type, footstrike pattern, and injury incidence. US Army Med Dep J. 2012 Oct-Dec:25-30.      PMID: 23007933

Goss DL, Gross MT. A comparison of negative joint work and vertical ground reaction force loading rates in Chi runners and rearfoot-striking runners. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Oct;43(10):685-92.  PMID: 24256170

Swangnetr M, Kaber DB, Puntumetakul R, Gross MT. Ergonomics-related risk identification and pain analysis for farmers involved in rice field preparation. Work. 2014;49(1):63-71.        PMID: 24284663

Dai B, Garrett WE, Gross MT, Padua DA, Queen RM, Yu B. The effects of 2 landing techniques on knee kinematics, kinetics, and performance during stop-jump and side-cutting tasks. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Feb;43(2):466-74.     PMID: 25367015

Professional Societies

American Physical Therapy Association, 1980 to present
     Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Section of the APTA, 1986 to present

North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, 1981 to present 


Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Assoication, 2007.

Teaching Excellence Award, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999.

Alumnus of the Year, College of Health Professions, University of Florida, 1996.

Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty, American Physical Therapy Association, 1991.

Phi Beta Kappa, Miami University, 1975.

Phi Kappa Phi, Miami University, 1974.

Psi Chi Psychology Honorary, Miami University, 1975.