Thomas M. Gavin, CO(L) was the first orthotist to become an associate fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society in 1991, then the first non-doctoral member of the North American Spine Society in 1993, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics from 1996-2000. He has consulted for the VA, NIH and World Health Organization and has taught worldwide. In addition, he has published many book chapters, journal articles and abstracts aboout the spine.
Thomas M. Gavin, CO(L) graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in the orthotics curriculum, spring of 1986. He decided to specialize in spinal management and later pursue orthotic prosthetics.
In 1983, he developed the Rosenberger Scoliosis Orthosis with Wilton Bunch, MD, which has grown into a national presence. The Rosenberger Orthosis became prominent during the prospective BrAIST study out of the University of Iowa in 2013.
In 1986, Gavin started as a research orthotist at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the Veterans Administration, Hines Illinois, under the tutelage of Avinash Patwardhan, PhD, There he pursued many clinical and laboratory spinal research projects. The Rosenberger evolved under the scientific scrutiny of computer modeling and mechanical principles learned at that time.
Gavin proceeded with studies to improve the non-operative orthotic management of traumatic spinal fractures, chronic low back pain and how to restore an upright posture for the forward leaning spinal aging population.