P. Hunter Peckham is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics; Distinguished University Professor; Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University; Senior Career Research Scientist and Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center of Excellence, in the Department of Veterans Affairs; and on the Bioscientific Staff at Metrohealth Medical Center. The major area of Dr. Peckham’s research is in rehabilitation engineering and neuroprostheses. Dr. Peckham’s research effort focuses on functional restoration of the paralyzed upper extremity in individuals with spinal cord injury. He and collaborators developed a number of implantable neural prostheses, which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control upper extremity in individuals with tetraplegia, enabling individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern technology development, expansion of the indications for this technology, and technology transfer.
Dr. Peckham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow and honorary member of the American Spinal Injury Association, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Peckham received the Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor for VA Rehabilitation Investigators. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University), Potsdam, NY, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.