P. Hunter Peckham, PhD

Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case School of Engineering School of Medicine

Director, Cleveland VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence on FES - Functional Electrical Stimulation

Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center

Research Information

Research Interests

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 have developed implantable neural prostheses which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control of grasp-release in individuals with tetraplegia. This function enables individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern the integration of technological rehabilitation and surgical approaches to restore functional capabilities.

Research Projects

Neural prostheses, implantable stimulation and control; control of movement; rehabilitation engineering.


  • Frontera, Walter, et al.,  Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Building Research Capacity. J. Rehab Res & Dev, 42(6), 2005.
  • Peckham PH, Knutson JS,  Functional electrical stimulation for neuromuscular applications,   Ann. Rev. Biomed. Eng. 7:327-60, 2005.
  • Peckham PH, Gorman PH:  Functional electrical stimulation in the 21st century.  Topics in SCI Rehabilitation,  10(2):126-150, 2004.