Darren Bolger

A photo of Darren Bolger

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion and Human Performance

245A Rackham


[email protected]


  • MS, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University, 2007


  • US Patent 10,926,529 B2: "Method of additive manufacturing an internal wave sparse structure with varying geometry for localized tunable structural properties throughout a part." February 23, 2021.
  • Bolger D, Shih A. “3D-Printing of Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics – at the University of Michigan.” The Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovative Technologies Conference. Presentation.
  • Treadway E, Gillespie B, Bolger D, Blank A, O’Malley M, Davis A. “The role of auxiliary and referred haptic feedback in myoelectric control.” IEEE World Haptics Conference. 2015.
  • Bolger D, Ting LH, Sawers A. “Individuals with transtibial limb loss use interlimb force asymmetries to maintain multi-directional reactive balance control.” Clinical Biomechanics. 2014; 29: 1039-1047.
  • Bolger D. “A tale of two legs: maintaining dynamic stability in A-P and M-L directions in persons with unilateral transtibial limb loss.” AOPA World Congress. 2013. Poster presentation.


Darren joined Eastern Michigan University in 2022 following a decade in patient care, both in private practice and university-based setting.  He is an ABC certified prosthetist orthotist who spent the bulk of his career focusing on prosthetic care.  Darren specialized in the treatment of lower extremity prosthetic patients of all presentations and ages, including experience in pediatrics, Van Ness rotationplasty, and osseointegration.  He previously served as a residency mentor, as well as being involved in research projects for topics including engineering, computer science, and ergonomics. 

Scholarly/Research Interests

  • Lower extremity prosthetic treatment and outcomes
  • Digital technology for patient care (scanning, additive manufacturing, etc.)
  • Use of technology for education and assessment