Laura Pietrosimone PT, DPT, PhD

Laura Pietrosimone
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery; Assistant Director, K-Lab; Core Faculty

Contact Information:


  • PhD, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
  • DPT, Duke University, 2010
  • BS, Psychology, Duke University, 2006


PT 633: Movement Science


Orthopaedic and sports physical therapy; Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy


Dr. Pietrosimone’s research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and physical activity in orthopaedic and sports medicine populations. Specifically, her work seeks to advance translational science by developing innovative rehabilitation strategies that address the lasting consequences of orthopedic injury to promote health and optimize patient quality of life.

Recent Publications

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Awards & Honors

  • 2022: Duke Sports Medicine Research Day (June 22, 2022): Best Scientific Research Presentation (PI) (Sports Physical Therapy Fellow and 1st Author: Tommy Otley)
  • 2020: Kevin Shea Award, Best Scientific Poster: Gregory B, Magill J, Myers H, Pietrosimone L, Le D, Reinke E, Riboh J, Graft Choice in Young Active Patients- Use of Quadriceps Tendon Autograft Increased Likelihood of Meeting Return to Play Criteria at 6 Months Post Surgery. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM), Phoenix, AZ January 2020.
  • 2019: Duke Sports Medicine Research Day (June 14, 2019): Best Basic Science Abstract (PI) (Sports Physical Therapy Fellow and 1st Author: Christopher LeFever)
  • 2017-2018: Foundation for Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, PODS II Scholarship Recipient
  • 2017: Louis & Eleanor Duquette Scholarship, Human Movement Science Curriculum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC