Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

I am a strong advocate for health education. One of my professional passions is helping people return to their former activities after sustaining injury or illness. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, I believe that a person’s health is affected by a combination of the environment, the mind, the spirit, and the body. I consider all of these components when tackling health issues for my patients.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Puderbaugh is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and completed a fellowship to further specialize in brain injury medicine. Prior to residency, Dr. Puderbaugh served as a flight surgeon practicing primary care and occupational medicine for five years.


  • Puderbaugh M, Volker M, Mortimer D. Acute Cognitive Dysfunction in a Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Clinical Vignette. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 13 Sept 2022 (published online ahead of print).
  • Van Ochten, NA, Shori, A, Puderbaugh, M, Benert, J, & Krishnamurthy, M. Heterotopic ossification in COVID-19 patient on anticoagulation with limited treatment options. Medicine Case Reports and Study Protocols: February 2022 – Volume 3 – Issue 2 – p e0212.
  • Mortimer DS & Puderbaugh M. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). PM&R Knowledge Now. 27 Jul 2020.
  • Puderbaugh M, Emmady PD. Neuroplasticity. Statpearls. Treasure Island, Fl; StatPearls Publishing; 2020.
  • Puderbaugh MA. A report of transverse process fractures secondary to the centrifuge in a healthy aviator. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2016; 87(7):655–658.

Medical School

  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO, USA


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Physiatry
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society


  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine
  • Co-site Director for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency


  • Distinguished Graduate of University of Minnesota Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Educator Track
  • Academic Excellence Award, University of Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2019, 2021
  • Resident Educator Award, University of Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2021
  • Best Resident Presentation Award, University of Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2021
  • American Osteopathic Foundation Outstanding Resident of the Year in Military Medicine, 2020
  • Osteopath of the Year, Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians, 2017


“In my free time I enjoy being with my family, traveling, canoeing, hiking, and zymurgy.”