Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Ph.D. FACSM
Dean, Distinguished Professor
Enderis Hall, Room 898A
Phone: (414) 229-4712
Fax: (414) 229-2206
Kinesiology, Office of the Dean
- Ph.D., Pathokinesiology, New York University, 1985
- M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 1983
- B.Sc., Physical Therapy, University of Ibadan, 1978
- Antimicrobial Effect of Blur Light
- Connective Tissue Pathobiology
- Photoengineering of Tissue Repair, Including Diabetic Ulcer Repair
Interests & Expertise
Dr. Enwemeka’s research focuses on two areas.
Photoengineering of Tissue Repair: Dr. Enwemeka and his team use visible and near infrared light, emitted by lasers and other monochromatic light sources, to stimulate tissue repair in experimental animal models of soft tissue injury and clinical cases of chronic ulcers that failed to respond to other forms of treatment. They have successfully treated diabetic ulcers in an experimental animal model and shown that human cases of chronic slow- or non-healing diabetic and venous ulcers respond positively to a combination of red and near infrared laser and LED phototherapy.
Photo-eradication of Bacteria and Other Pathogens with Blue Light: In this line of work Dr. Enwemeka and his team have shown that certain wavelengths of blue light kill deadly bacteria. Their recent reports suggest that these wavelengths of light are viable alternatives to treatment with chemical agents, such as antibiotics. In recent studies, they demonstrated that irradiation of the deadly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with any of two wavelengths of blue light killed 100% of two genetically differing strains of the bacteria. He and his team are working to advance this line of work by developing technologies that foster photo-eradication of MRSA in places that harbor the bacteria.
Masson-Meyers, D. S., Enwemeka, C. S., Bumah, V. V., Andrade, T. A. M., Cashin, S. E., & >Frade, M. A. C. (2013). Antimicrobial effects of Copaifera langsdorffii oleoresin in infected rat wounds. International Journal of Applied Microbiology Science, 2(3), 9-20.
Bumah, V. V., Masson-Meyers, D. S., Cashin, S. E., & Enwemeka, C. S. (2013, April). Wavelength and Bacterial Density Influence the Bactericidal Effect of Blue Light on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Photomedicine and Laser Surgery [Epub ahead of print].
Fulop, A. M., Dhimmer, S., Deluca, J. R., Johanson, D. D., Lenz, R. V., Patel, K. B., Douris, P. C., & Enwemeka, C. S. (2010). A Meta-analysis of the Efficacy of Laser Phototherapy on Pain Relief. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(8), 729-736.
Enwemeka, C. S., Williams, D., Enwemeka, S. K., Hollosi, S., & Yens, D. (2010). Blue Light Phototherapy Kills Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. In L. Longo (Ed.), Proceedings of Laser Florence 2009: Vol. 1226 (pp. 117-121). Published By the American Institute of Physics.
Fulop, A. M., Dhimmer, S., Deluca, J. R., Johanson, D. D., Lenz, R. V., Patel, K. B., Douris, P. C., & Enwemeka, C. S. (2009). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of phototherapy in tissue repair. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 27(5), 695-702.
Caetano, K. S., Minatel, D. G., Santana, L. A., Enwemeka, C. S., & Cipriani Frade, M. A. (2009). Efficacy of Phototherapy Associated with Silver Sulphadiazine in the Treatment of Chronic Venous Ulcers. Physiotherapy Brazil, 10(6), 388-394.
Enwemeka, C. S. (2009). Intricacies of dose in laser phototherapy for tissue repair and pain relief (Review Paper). Phototherapy and Laser Surgery, 27, 387-393.
Minatel, D. G., Frade, M. A. C., Franca. S., & Enwemeka, C. S. (2009, August). Phototherapy promotes healing of chronic diabetic leg ulcers that failed to respond to other therapies. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 41(6), 433-41.
Minatel, D. G., Enwemeka, C. S., França, S. C., & Frade, M. A. C. (2009). Phototherapy (LEDs 660/890 nm) in the treatment of leg ulcers in diabetic patients: Case study. Anals Brasileiros de Dermatologia, 84(3), 279-283.
Enwemeka, C. S., Williams, D., Enwemeka, S. K., Hollosi, S., & Yens, D. (2009, April), 470 nm blue light kills Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) In Vitro. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 27, 221-226.
Caetano, K. S., Frade, M. A. C., Minatel, D. G., Santana, L. A., & Enwemeka, C.S . (2009, February). Phototherapy improves healing of chronic venous ulcers. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 27, 111-118.
Enwemeka, C. S., Williams, D., Hollosi, S., Yens, D., & Enwemeka, S. K. (2008). Visible 405 nm SLD light photo-destroys Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in vitro. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 40, 734-737.
Honors & Awards
- Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
- Chairperson, National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH, Bethesda, MD (Appointed Board Member in July, 1998; Elected Chairperson in May 2000).
- President, World Association for Laser Therapy, 1998 - 2000.
- Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) since May, 1991.
- Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery since July, 2008.
- Co-Editor-in-Chief, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, The Official Journal of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine and The World Association for Laser Therapy, June 2004 to date.
- Editor-in-Chief, Laser Therapy, The Official Journal of the World Association for Laser Therapy, May 1994 to January 2004.
- North America Regional Editor, Laser Therapy, July 1991 to April 1994.
- Member, Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars since 1993.
- Member, Who is Who in Science and Engineering, 1991.
- Investigator Research Award, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1996.
- Member, Board of Directors, Black Health Care Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 1995 to 2003.
- Member, Advisor Panel on Research, American Physical Therapy Association, 1993-1997.