Jacek Cholewicki

Jacek  Cholewicki
  • Walter F. Patenge Chair in Osteopathic Medicine
  • Established through a gift from Walter F. Patenge
  • Osteopathic Surgical Specialties


Jacek Cholewicki, a Walter F. Patenge Endowed Professor in spinal biomechanics, directs the Michigan State University Center for Orthopedic Research, a state-of-the-art biomechanics research facility. His research interests lie in the areas of lumbar and cervical spine function, spine injury mechanisms, tissue loading and biomechanical modeling using EMG. He is the principal investigator on an NIH grant aimed at developing objective clinical tools for studying outcomes of osteopathic manipulative medicine. 

Cholewicki received his Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 1994.  From 1993 to 2007, he worked in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine, before being recruited to the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Cholewicki has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and received numerous awards, including the Bioengineering Research Prize Award for 2005 from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the Rose Excellence in Research Award for the best research article of 2007 in the area of orthopedic physical therapy.