Michael Lewek, PT, PhD

Michael Lewek, PT, PhD

Associate Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3043 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)966-9732 FAX: (919)966-3678

Associate Director
Rehabilitation Engineering Center
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU

Email address: mlewek@med.unc.edu


& Interests

Biomechanical, neurophysiologic, and motor learning aspects of gait training following stroke



Error Based Learning for Restoring Gait Symmetry Post-Stroke
NIH/NICHD – R21HD068805  (1/15/12-12/31/15)
Role: Principal Investigator

Spinal Circuits and the Musculoskeletal System
NIH/NICHD –P01HD032571 (4/1/12 – 3/31/17) 
Role: Scientific Advisory Panel; PI: Art English

Training dual-task walking after stroke: effects on attentional and locomotor control
American Heart Association (2011-2015)
Role: Co-Investigator; PI: P Plummer

Robotic Ankle to Restore Symmetry and Reduce Energy Cost of Walking Post-Stroke
NIH/NICHD – R21HD072588 ( 8/2014 – 7/2016 )
Role: Co-Investigator; PI: G Sawicki

NRI: Novel Platform for Rapid Exploration of Robotic Ankle Exoskeleton Control
NIH/NSF – R01NR014756 (8/2013 - 6/2018)
Role: Co-Investigator; PI: G Sawicki

Developing a Novel Neural Control Framework for Above Knee (AK) Amputees
UNC/NC State Rehabilitation Engineering Center seed grant program (1/2015-12/2015) 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator with F Wu and H Huang 

A Wearable Health Monitoring System for Classifying Upper Limb Movements in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
UNC/NC State Rehabilitation Engineering Center seed grant program (1/2015-12/2015) 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator with  with CS Nam and Kate Saul


    Post-doc, Neuromechanics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    PhD, Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware

    MPT, Physical Therapy, University of Delaware

    BS, Exercise Science, Ithaca College


    PHYT 730, Biomechanics and Kinesiology

    PHYT 726, Exercise Foundations and Prescription

    HMSC 710, Kinesiological EMG

    HMSC Doctoral Seminar (Spring Session)


    Please see this PubMed Link for list of peer review publications

    Most Recent Refereed Papers
    Mahon CE, Farris DJ, Sawicki GS, Lewek MD. Individual limb mechanical analysis of gait after stroke.  J Biomech. 2015 (in press)

    Norcross MF, Shultz SJ, Weinhold PS, Lewek MD, Padua DA, Blackburn JT. The influences of sex and posture on joint energetics during drop landings. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2014 Jul 4.      PMID: 24995548.

    Murray M, Hardee A, Goldberg RL, Lewek MD. Loading and knee flexion after stroke: Less does not equal more. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2014 Feb;24(1):172-7.     PMID: 24210795.

    Norcross MF, Lewek MD, Padua DA, Shultz SJ, Weinhold PS, Blackburn JT. Lower extremity energy absorption and biomechanics during landing, part I: sagittal-plane energy absorption analyses. J Athl Train. 2013 Nov-Dec;48(6):748-56.   PMCID: PMC3867085.

    Norcross MF, Lewek MD, Padua DA, Shultz SJ, Weinhold PS, Blackburn JT. Lower extremity energy absorption and biomechanics during landing, part II: frontal-plane energy analyses and interplanar relationships. J Athl Train. 2013
    Nov-Dec;48(6):757-63.    PMCID: PMC3867086.

    Struminger AH, Lewek MD, Goto S, Hibberd E, Blackburn JT. Comparison of gluteal and hamstring activation during five commonly used plyometric exercises. Clin Biomech. 2013 Aug;28(7):783-9.     PMID: 23849979.

    Wutzke CJ, Mercer VS, Lewek MD. Influence of lower extremity sensory function on locomotor adaptation following stroke: a review. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2013 May-Jun;20(3):233-40.    PMID: 23841971.

    Lewek MD, Bradley CE, Wutzke CJ, Zinder SM. The relationship between spatiotemporal gait asymmetry and balance in individuals with chronic stroke. J Appl Biomech. 2014 Feb;30(1):31-6.      PMID: 23677889.

    Wutzke CJ, Sawicki GS, Lewek MD. The influence of a unilateral fixed ankle on metabolic and mechanical demands during walking in unimpaired young adults. J Biomech. 2012 Sep 21;45(14):2405-10.      PMID: 22840758.

    Rhea CK, Wutzke CJ, Lewek MD. Gait dynamics following variable and constant speed gait training in individuals with chronic stroke. Gait Posture. 2012 Jun;36(2):332-4.     PMID: 22503594.

    Lewek MD, Feasel J, Wentz E, Brooks FP Jr, Whitton MC. Use of visual and proprioceptive feedback to improve gait speed and spatiotemporal symmetry following chronic stroke: a case series. Phys Ther. 2012 May;92(5):748-56. 
    PMCID: PMC3345339.

    Book Chapte
    Hartigan E, Lewek MD, Snyder-Mackler L. The Knee. In: Levangie, P. and Norkin, C. (eds). Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis. 5th Ed. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company, 2011

    Professional Societies

    Society for Neuroscience

    American Society of Biomechanics

    American Physical Therapy Association
          Section Memberships: Neurology and Research

    North Carolina Physical Therapy Association

    American Heart Association


    Margaret L Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, APTA, 2010

    Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC-Chapel Hill,  2010

    Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society: Best Poster Award, 2011