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Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D.

Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D.

Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D., is a biomechanical engineer and orthopaedic specialist who has been directing the motion analysis center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City since its inception in 1996. He has remained in this position, enjoying the mix of technical, clinical, research and teaching responsibilities, as well as his wonderful staff. Bruce and his team have provided comprehensive movement analysis studies for more than 3,000 children. These analyses help the patients’ medical teams make more informed decisions regarding treatment plans.

He has a faculty appointment at the University of Utah in the department of orthopaedics and adjunct appointments in physical therapy and bioengineering where he teaches a human movement analysis course. Bruce has been a member of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) since he began at Shriners Hospital and recently served as the organization’s president.

He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Gait & Posture since appointed in 2007. Bruce has published on a wide variety of topics in computational gait analysis and his manuscripts have appeared in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Gait & Posture, Human Movement Science, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine.

His favorite part of the job is collaborating with surgeons and therapists, and getting to work directly with patients on clinical problems. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and two daughters in the wilds of Utah and surrounding states and summering in his home state of Maine.


  • Bachelor of Science – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Master of Science – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Post-Doctoral Research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedics – University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics 

Awards, publications and textbook contributions