Mark Kaufman

Trustee, NPS Foundation

Mark Kaufman is the founder and Executive Chairman of Athletico Physical Therapy which offers outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation in twelve states and over 550 locations. He attended the University of Iowa, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education in 1986. In 1988, Kaufman obtained an M.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Arizona, and in 1989 he earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.

In 1991, Kaufman opened his first rehabilitation center on Clark Street in the Gold Coast Area of downtown Chicago. Athletico’s reputation as a top-quality provider of outpatient physical therapy enabled them to expand their services and drive their expansion. The growth of Athletico’s outreach programs has mirrored the advancement of their patient care. Athletico is proud to be the official physical therapy and athletic training partner to organizations at all levels – from professional sports teams, to colleges and high schools, to elite endurance events, performing arts groups, and gymnastics programs. Notable partnerships include:
• Professional: Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Cardinals
• Collegiate: Big Ten Conference, Indiana University, University of Iowa, Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Performing Arts: Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, St. Louis Ballet
• Endurance: Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Drake Road Races, Indy Half Marathon, XXX Racing
• Gymnastics: Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance (US National Team Training Team Center), USA Gymnastics

Over the past 29 years, Kaufman has carefully monitored the growth of his company and recently stepped into the role of Executive Chairman. Athletico is proud to provide the following specialty services to the communities we serve with Physical Therapy: hand therapy, women’s health, spine school, vestibular/concussion, pediatrics, video throwing and running analysis, running and endurance programs, and personal fitness and golf programs. Athletico remains very much a close-knit, caring place to work, where a strong work ethic, commitment to continuing education, and dedication to superior customer service and community service are highly valued.

Mark and his wife Mary Ann, have three daughters. Mark has been a board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since 2004 and served as Board Chair for two terms. He is also a member of the Arthritis & Orthopedics Leadership Committee at Rush University Medical Center, an Executive Council member of the Chicago Sports Commission, Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation Board member, Director of the Western Golf Association - Evans Scholar Foundation, and a founding member of the board of directors for Operation Walk Chicago. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the University of Iowa’s Center for Advancement since 2018.