Corey B. Simon, DPT, PhD

Corey Simon
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Core Faculty

PO Box 104002 DUMC

Corey Simon, DPT, PhD joined the Duke School of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Doctor of Physical Therapy Division. Dr. Simon is committed to maintaining physical function and quality of life among older adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain. His current work focuses on improving the clinical assessment of geriatric low back pain by developing real-time movement-evoked pain measures. Dr. Simon also investigates chronic pain phenotypes among older adults to streamline intervention.


  • DPT, University of Buffalo, 2004

  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida, 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Florida Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, 2016


Dr. Simon has worked on multiple R01-funded trials, including examining biopsychosocial influences on shoulder arthroscopy recovery and investigating age-related pain modulatory mechanisms. His post-doctoral work investigated age-related mediation models of sensory discrimination, psychological distress, and cognitive performance. Dr. Simon’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training was through clinical and translational science mechanisms, which has helped facilitate a comprehensive research line directed toward changing clinical care.

Recent publications

Awards and honors

  • 2015-16 Outstanding Study Paper, University of Florida Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program | 2016 
  • Frederick Family Scholarship in Physical Therapy, University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy |  2014
  • Young Investigator Travel Award (Competitive), 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Tampa, FL | 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Poster (Sponsored by T32 HD043730 Training Grant), 9th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  | 2014
  • Financial/Travel Award, International Association for the Study of Pain 14th World Congress in Milan, Italy (Competitive) | 2012
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Public Health and Health Professions 25th Annual Research Day at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL | 2012
  • 3rd Place Presentation, ILR 2nd Annual Student Research in Aging Exposition at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida | 2012
  • Excellence in Clinical Instruction, University of Buffalo Doctor of Physical Therapy Program | 2010