Charleston Bending Brace Foundation
A NOCTURNAL ORTHOSIS

C. Ralph Hooper, Jr., CPO

Professional Accreditation

  • Certified Orthotist. American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1976.
  • Certified Prosthetist. American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1978.

Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Prosthetics, from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. 1978.
  • Graduate Certificate in Orthotics, from New York University Medical School, New York, NY. 1976.
  • College of Charleston. 1971-1973.
  • The Citadel Military College. 1971-1973.
  • Gardener Webb College. 1967-1969.

Continuing Education

  • Third International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, 2000.
  • South Carolina Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists SCSOP 2000-2008
  • Tracer-Cad Technology Scientific Symposium, 1999.
  • International Scientific Symposium, 1998.
  • Ossur Academy Rheo Microprocessor Knee Course, 2008
  • AAOP National Assembly Scientific Symposium, 2000-2008.
  • AOPA National Assembly Scientific Symposium, 2000-2008.
  • Steeper Reciprocating Gait Orthosis: Orlando, 1992.
  • USMC Ultra-Lite Components: Orlando, 1989.
  • CAT-CAM/ NSNA Socket Design Course: UCLA, 1988.
  • The Endolite Component Course: Miami, 1988.
  • (ISNY) Flex Wall Prosthetic Socket: New York, 1984.
  • Fracture Brace Course: University of Miami, 1981.
  • Boston Scoliosis Course: Boston, 1978.

Inventor and Patent Holder

  • Inventor of Orthopedic Appliance known as THE CHARLESTON BENDING BRACE patent no. 4,688,558.

Lectures

  • University of Munich, May 2000.
  • University of Austria; Klagenfurt, Austria; June 2000.
  • Third International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, 2000.
  • International Orthotic and Prosthetic Symposium, 2000.
  • National Orthotic/Prosthetic Symposium: Gent, Belgium, 1997.
  • National Orthotic/Prosthetic Symposium: Madrid, Spain, 1997.
  • International Orthotic/Prosthetic Symposium: Brussels, Belgium, 1996.
  • Orthopedic Hospital Aachen: Germany, 1996.
  • Clinique De L'ucl, St. Luc Hospital: Brussels, Belgium, 1995.
  • Instructed over 30 two-day scoliosis courses
  • Poster Display Scoliosis Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthotist and Prosthetist (National), 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990.
  • American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (National), 1994, 1995, 1996.
  • American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (Region IX), 1985, 1987.
  • American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (Region IV), 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988.

Memberships and Committees

  • Member of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
  • Member of American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Recipient of Expression of Appreciation Award American Board for Certification
  • Past President Elect Region IV, A.O.P.A.
  • Past Vice President of Region IV, A.O.P.A.
  • Past President of South Carolina Orthotics and Prosthetics Society
  • Past Scientific Chairman for A.O.P.A. Region IV
  • Past Assembly Chairman for A.O.P.A. Region IV
  • Past Chairman ABC Board Examination for Orthotics
  • Past Examiner for ABC Orthotic Exam
  • Past Member ABC Credentials Committee
  • Past Member of the Business and Data Committee for A.O.P.A,
  • Past President of the Florida Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
  • Past President of the Florida Chapter of A.A.O.P.
Charleston Bending Brace Foundation
3465 West Montague Street, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418
Email: info@cbb.org | Phone: (843) 577-9577 (8:00am-4:30pm et) | After Hours: (843) 884-2202 (leave message)