Victor Cheuy, PhD

Associate Professor in Physical Therapy, Joint Appointment with Radiology
Assistant Professor In Res


My research interests focus on the unrecognized and underappreciated musculoskeletal complications due to diabetes and chronic kidney disease, primarily in the lower extremity. I have extensive experience combining quantitative clinical imaging, three-dimensional biomechanics, and physical function and activity techniques to characterize the relationship between the musculoskeletal movement system and function. The goals of this work are to improve the early detection of negative structural and functional effects of disease, improve the rate of recovery of clinically meaningful outcomes, and prevent the occurrence of secondary injuries and chronic conditions.

Courses taught:
PT251A Research Design I: Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
PT251B Research Design II: Appraisal of Scientific Literature


2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Postdoc, 2018 - Rehabilitation Science, University of Colorado
PhD, 2015 - Movement Science, Washington University
BS, 2010 - Biomedical Engineering, Washington University
MS, 2010 - Biomedical Engineering, Washington University

Honors and Awards

Global Health SIG Abstract Award for Social Responsibility, American Physical Therapy Association, 2023
Young Investigator Initiative scholar, United States Bone and Joint Initiative, 2023
ORF-SIG Abstract Award (first place), American Physical Therapy Association, 2022
Trans-NORC Training Course Scholar, UCSF NORC (Nutrition and Obesity Research Center), 2022
Chancellor's Fund Award, UCSF Academic Senate, 2021
RAP Diversity Award, UCSF Research Development Office, 2021
International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation Travel Award, International Consortium on Regenerative Rehabilitation, 2019
Outstanding Mentorship Award (runner-up), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2018
Peer Mentor Award (runner-up), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2018
Diversity Travel Award, American Society of Biomechanics, 2017
Postdoctoral Research Day Award (second place), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2017
Musculoskeletal Research Center Annual Winter Symposium Abstract Award, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
Hobson Abstract Award (second place), Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference, 2012
Psi Chi, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010
Alpha Eta Mu Beta, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009
Tau Beta Pi, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009


Judd DL, Cheuy V, Peters A, Graber J, Hinrichs-Kinney L, Forster JE, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Incorporating Functional Strength Integration Techniques During Total Hip Arthroplasty Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phys Ther. 2024 Mar 01; 104(3).
Pak SS, Ratoza M, Cheuy V. Examining rehabilitation access disparities: an integrated analysis of electronic health record data and population characteristics through bivariate choropleth mapping. BMC Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb 07; 24(1):170.
Cheuy VA, Dayton MR, Hogan CA, Graber J, Anair BM, Voigt TB, Nelms NJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Toth MJ. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation preserves muscle strength early after total knee arthroplasty: Effects on muscle fiber size. J Orthop Res. 2023 04; 41(4):787-792.
Pak SS, Miller MJ, Cheuy VA. Use of the PROMIS-10 global health in patients with chronic low back pain in outpatient physical therapy: a retrospective cohort study. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2021 Sep 06; 5(1):81.
Cheuy V, Picciolini S, Bedoni M. Progressing the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation through novel interdisciplinary interaction. NPJ Regen Med. 2020; 5:16.
Bade MJ, Christensen JC, Zeni JA, Christiansen CL, Dayton MR, Forster JE, Cheuy VA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Movement pattern biofeedback training after total knee arthroplasty: Randomized clinical trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 04; 91:105973.
Judd DL, Cheuy VA, Forster JE, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Incorporating Specific Functional Strength Integration Techniques to Improve Functional Performance for Veterans After Total Hip Arthroplasty: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial. Phys Ther. 2019 11 25; 99(11):1453-1460.
Cheuy VA, Loyd BJ, Hafner W, Kittelson AJ, Waugh D, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Influence of Diabetes Mellitus on the Recovery Trajectories of Function, Strength, and Self-Report Measures After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 08; 71(8):1059-1067.
Zeni JA, Flowers P, Bade M, Cheuy V, Stevens-Lapsley J, Snyder-Mackler L. Stiff knee gait may increase risk of second total knee arthroplasty. J Orthop Res. 2019 02; 37(2):397-402.
Cheuy VA, Foran JRH, Paxton RJ, Bade MJ, Zeni JA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Response to Letter to the Editor on "Arthrofibrosis Associated With Total Knee Arthroplasty". J Arthroplasty. 2018 03; 33(3):968-969.
Cheuy VA, Foran JRH, Paxton RJ, Bade MJ, Zeni JA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Arthrofibrosis Associated With Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 08; 32(8):2604-2611.
Cheuy VA, Hastings MK, Mueller MJ. Metatarsophalangeal Hyperextension Movement Pattern Related to Diabetic Forefoot Deformity. Phys Ther. 2016 08; 96(8):1143-51.
Cheuy VA, Hastings MK, Commean PK, Mueller MJ. Muscle and Joint Factors Associated With Forefoot Deformity in the Diabetic Neuropathic Foot. Foot Ankle Int. 2016 May; 37(5):514-21.
Hastings MK, Mueller MJ, Woodburn J, Strube MJ, Commean P, Johnson JE, Cheuy V, Sinacore DR. Acquired midfoot deformity and function in individuals with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2016 Feb; 32:261-7.
Cheuy VA, Hastings MK, Commean PK, Ward SR, Mueller MJ. Intrinsic foot muscle deterioration is associated with metatarsophalangeal joint angle in people with diabetes and neuropathy. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Nov-Dec; 28(9-10):1055-60.
Cheuy VA, Commean PK, Hastings MK, Mueller MJ. Reliability and validity of a MR-based volumetric analysis of the intrinsic foot muscles. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Nov; 38(5):1083-93.