Sara Janelle Morgan

Affiliate Faculty
Clinical Scientist, Spine


Dr. Sara Morgan is a clinical scientist and co-leader of the Spine Research Program. Dr. Morgan is also affiliate faculty in the Division of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in 2014. Dr. Morgan joined Gillette in 2020.

Education & Training

Graduate Degree: PhD, Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington

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Clinical Scientist, Spine


  • Scoliosis
  • prosthetic and orthotic care

Education & Training

Graduate Degree: 

PhD, Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington


Professional Organizations

  • American Board Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO).
  • American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (member, Board of Directors, past-chair of Research Council).
  • Scoliosis Research Society (Candidate Fellow)
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (Associate Member)
  • Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Editorial Board)
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Foundation for Education and Research (Chair of Research Committee, Board of Directors)


Research Summary

Morgan SJ, Liljenquist KS, Kajlich A, Gailey RS, Amtmann D, Hafner BJ. Mobility with a lower limb prosthesis: experiences of users with high levels of functional ability. Disabil Rehabil, 44(13):3236-3244, 2022, PMID 33280454.

Buyuk AF, Truong WH, Morgan SJ, Snyder AJ, Miller DJ, Nolin KK, Smith KJ. Is Nighttime Bracing Effective in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review Based on Scoliosis Research Society Guidelines. Spine Deform, 10(2):247-256, 2022. PMID 34676518.

McMahon R, Morgan SJ, Brooks JT, Cahill P, Fitzgerald R, Li Y, Pediatric Spine Study Group, Truong WH. Does the presence of programmable implanted devices in patients with early onset scoliosis alter typical operative and postoperative practices? A survey of spine surgeons. Spine Deform, 10(4):951-64, 2022, PMID 35143030.

Find a list of Dr. Morgan's publications here


Research Areas of Interest

  • Comparative effectiveness of scoliosis treatments
  • Outcome measurement
  • Long-term outcomes for people with pediatric spinal deformities
  • Operative and non-operative health outcomes for people with scoliosis
  • Assessment of outcomes related to prosthetic, orthopaedic, and rehabilitation interventions;  outcome measure development and assessment.