P. Hunter Peckham, PhD

Hunter P Peckham, PhD

The MetroHealth System

  • Co-Director, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute

Case Western Reserve University

  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Founder, Institute for Functional Restoration


Broad Research Programs

  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies 



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; member of the National Academy of Engineering; and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. 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.





Professional Society Memberships

    Biomedical Engineering Society
    American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
    American Spinal Cord Injury Association


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Road, Suite N5-04
Cleveland, Ohio  44109
Phone: 216-957-3365
Email: [email protected]