Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC

Senior Director of Practice Innovation & Analytics; ATI Physical Therapy

    Dr. Thigpen is Senior Director for Practice Innovation and Analytics for ATI and Director of Observational Clinical Research in Orthopaedics with the Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics at the University of South Carolina. He holds adjunct appointments with Duke University, University of South Carolina and Clemson University. He serves as a Senior Faculty and mentor in the APTA credentialed sports and orthopedic residency and is a cofounder of the APTA credentialed upper extremity fellowship for ATI and the Kansas City Royals. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers, book chapters presenting over 250 national and international topics related to the shoulder diagnosis and treatment and value based orthopaedic healthcare.

    Chuck completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006. He completed a M.S. in Human Movement Science with a concentration in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy from UNC in May of 2003. He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 1997. Chuck played football at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1991-92 before becoming a student athletic trainer through 1995. Thigpen is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, American Academy of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, and The ICCUS Society for Sports Rehabilitation.