Douglas Gross, MPT, DPT, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed

Doug Gross
Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
(617) 643-6322
Office Location: 
Shouse - 404

K. Douglas Gross, MPT, DPT, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed, is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Gross earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from UC San Francisco and a Doctor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science from Boston University. He completed a post-doctoral training program in Clinical Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine with graduate studies in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. His post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was awarded by the MGH Institute.

Dr. Gross is a full fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and a respected clinical instructor of manual and manipulative techniques. He is also a Certified Pedorthist with expertise in the design and modification of therapeutic footwear to treat neuromusculoskeletal disorders. He is actively pursuing a line of clinical research focused on the identification of biomechanical risk factors for lower extremity osteoarthritis, and their modification using specialized footwear and other non-invasive devices.

In addition to teaching courses in the post-professional curricula at MGH Institute, Dr. Gross mentors students at all levels in the methods of evidenced-based practice and the design and conduct of health sciences research.

Research Interests

  • Lower extremity biomechanics
  • Biomechanical risk factors for knee and hip osteoarthritis


Gross KD, Niu J, Stefanik JJ, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Sharma L, Nevitt MC, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Felson DT. Breaking the law of valgus: the surprising and unexplained prevalence of medial patellofemoral cartilage damage. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2012) Nov; 71(11):1827-32.

Hunter DJ, Gross KD, McCree P, Li L, Hirko K, Harvey WF. (2012) Realignment treatment for medial tibiofemoral osteoarthritis: a randomized trial. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Oct; 71(10):1658-65.

Gross KD, Niu J, Felson DT, Hunter DJ, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Dufour AB, Gensure R, Hannan MT. Flat feet are associated with knee pain and cartilage damage in older adults. Arthritis Care & Research. Jul; 63(7):937-944.

Gross KD, Hillstrom HJ. Knee osteoarthritis: primary care using noninvasive devices and biomechanical principles. Medical Clinics of North America (2009), 93(1): 179-200.

Gross KD, Niu J, Zhang YQ, Felson DT, McLennan C, Hannan MT, Holt KG, Hunter DJ. Varus foot alignment and hip conditions in older adults. Arthritis & Rheumatism (2007), 56(9): 2993-2998.


BS, University of California, Berkeley
MPT, University of California, San Francisco
MSc, Boston University
DPT, MGH Institute of Health Professions
ScD, Boston University

Curriculum Vitae