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Our Mission

Continuous Innovation in Clinical Care

iMSKA conducts new research and offers thorough assessments of
current studies and best practices through the following methods:

  • Research and data analysis
  • Publications and presentations of outcome repositories
  • Funded trials
  • Translational research of formal learning programs
  • Clinician education through our accredited Sports and Orthopedic Residencies and Upper Extremity Fellowship programs

The Institute seeks to unite the unique needs of patient care delivery through care model innovation and patient safety. If you are interested in joining our mission as a collaborative research partner, please contact us today.

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Our Story

Established by ATI Physical Therapy in 2024

The Institute for Musculoskeletal Advancement(iMSKA) was created to engage in scientific research to determine the causes of injuries, disorders, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system; to inform, improve, and advance the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, disorders, and diseases; and to discover, develop, and promote best practices in clinical musculoskeletal care.

Our Team’s Impact

The Institute for Musculoskeletal Advancement team has been committed to its partnerships with other research institutions
and post-professional clinician development in their mission to innovate musculoskeletal care.


Peer Reviewed Publications


Research Partners


Partnered in Grant Funding


Residency & Fellowship

Our Team

Tom Denninger, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

ATI Vice President of Clinical Development

Ellen Shanley, PT, PhD OCS

Senior Director of Care Delivery Optimization ATI Physical Therapy

Adam Lutz, PhD, PT, DPT, MBA

ATI Director of Care Quality and Innovation

Augustus Oakes

ATI Chief Information Officer