Maruti Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D.

Maruti Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D.

Maruti Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Biomechanics Core
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa

Research Interests

I have been affiliated with chiropractic research for more than twenty years, obtaining several federal grants as a principal investigator, co-leader, and as a co-investigator to do research on basic science studies related to the musculoskeletal system as well as clinical studies on low back pain and neck pain. I have been involved in obtaining federal research funding in the amount exceeding $20 million. Additionally, I served as a co-leader on three developmental center grants from National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

I have developed collaborations between chiropractic institutions, medical doctors (Loyola medical school), and major universities (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, University of Toledo, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Hines VA Hospital, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Iowa, Auburn University, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School), and physical therapy facilities such as Orthosport Inc.

My research interests include understanding of the human body in translational research by conducting basic science and clinically oriented experiments on human volunteers, low back and neck pain patients. As part of the studies I measured motions, forces, balance, and electromyographic activity during experimental studies. In addition, I developed instrumentation with real time feedback of forces during manual therapy procedures for training of clinicians.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics, University Of Cincinnati, OH
  • M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • M.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
  • D.M.I.T., Automobile Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology, India
  • B.Sc., Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Andhra University, Waltair, India

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Editorial Board Member, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal
  • Thelma-Fordyce Mack awards, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Nominee, Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2015
  • Award Winning Papers, Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference - 2013, 2016
  • Member, Professor Promotion Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2016-2019
  • Member, Faculty Enrichment Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2014-2017
  • Member, Communication Team, North American Spine Foundation - 2015-2018
  • Member, Technique Technology Task Force Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Courses Taught

  • CLIN61650
    Independent Study: Cervical/Lumbar Spine Biomechanics
  • ANAT580
    Basic Biomechanics
  • ANAT581/CLIN545
    Clinical Biomechanics
  • ANAT582
  • Engineering Design
    University of Iowa
  • Research Methodology
    National University of Health Sciences
  • Yoga for Wellness
    Community education

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

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Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT) III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance

Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 1: Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM)

DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies

Selected Publications

Development of an attention-touch control for manual cervical distraction: a pilot randomized clinical trial for patients with neck pain

Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, S. A. Salsbury, R.D. Vining, C. R. Long, L. Corber, A. G. Patwardhan, and, C. M. Goertz
Publication: Trials
Volume: 16
Issue: 4
Page(s): 259
Year: 2015

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Clinician Proficiency in delivering manual treatment for neck pain within specified force ranges

Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, R.D. Vining, S. A. Salsbury, L. Corber, C. R. Long, A. G. Patwardhan, and, C. M. Goertz
Publication: Spine J
Volume: 15
Issue: 4
Page(s): 570-6
Year: 2014

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Three-Dimensional Doctor-Patient Contact Loads During Side Posture Lumbar Spinal Manipulation: A Pilot Study

Author(s): M.R. Gudavalli and R.M. Rowell
Publication: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
Volume: 22
Page(s): 29
Year: 2014

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Training and certification of doctors of chiropractic in delivering manual cervical traction forces: results of a longitudinal observational study

Author(s): M. R. Gudavalli, R.D. Vining, S. A. Salsbury, and, C. M. Goertz
Publication: J Chiropr Educ
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Page(s): 130-8
Year: 2014

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Real-Time Force Feedback During Flexion-Distraction Procedure for Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study

Author(s): Gudavalli, M.R. and Cox J.M.
Publication: Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association
Volume: 58
Issue: 2
Page(s): 193-200
Year: 2014

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