Research Faculty

Dr. Akuthota MD

Venu Akuthota MD

Chair, Director of Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital Chair - Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SOM)

Email Address:venu.akuthota@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone:720-848-2031

Clinical Interest for Patients

Dr. Akuthota is Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado. In addition, he serves as the medical director of the Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital and is responsible for the Runners' Clinic at the University Sports Medicine Center. He is board-certified in sports medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, pain medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. His clinical interests include prevention and management of the neck, spine, lower back pain, and running injuries. He is a 5280 "Top Doc" for many years running.

Care Philosophy

Treat people like family members


Teaching

  • Chair, Professor (2002)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine, Running Injuries, Outcomes Research

Areas of Expertise

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Pain Medicine, Board Certification (2003)
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Board Certification (2002)
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Sports Medicine, Board Certification (2009)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders
  • Hip Injuries and Disorders
  • Knee Injuries and Disorders
  • Leg Injuries and Disorders
  • Neck Disorders and Injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder Injuries and Disorders
  • Spine Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Spine - Sacroiliac Joint
  • Symptoms and Manifestations
  • Pain
  • Wellness and Lifestyle
  • Wellness and Lifestyle - Exercise and Physical Fitness

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Education & Training

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (1994)

Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (OH) (1991)

Internships:
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program (1995)

Residency Program:
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1998)

Fellowships:
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program, Sports Medicine (1999)

Resumes/CV:

Awards

Recognition & Awards

  • PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (2015)
    Awarded to mid career physician who has excelled in PM&R clinical care, education, and research.
  • 5280 Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine, (2014)
    Recognized as a Top Doctor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 2012-present
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, (2012)
    Visiting Professorships at Harvard, Cornell, National University of Korea, Eastern Virginia, Turkish Rheumatologic Congress, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), University of Utah
  • Best Paper, North American Spine Society, (2011)
  • Inspired Kindness Award, Grateful Patient & Family Program, University of Colorado Hospital Foundation, (2010)
  • Golden Goniometer Academic Teaching Award, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (2007)

Affiliations

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Member
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Member
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), Member
  • International Spinal Intervention Society (ISIS), Member
  • North American Spine Society (NASS), Member