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Implant Research Center

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Mission Statement

To foster, enhance, and protect a unified, multi-institutional collection of retrieved orthopedic, spine, and cardiovascular implants and peri-implant tissue as a resource for academic research.

To pursue clinically and societally relevant studies related to implant performance through an international, collaborative, and educational exchange incorporating engineering, biology, and clinical science. Specifically, our research focuses on these topics:

  • Implant Retrieval Research
  • Fretting and Corrosion
  • UHMWPE Particle Analysis
  • Periprosthetic Infection
  • Osseointegration
  • Tribological Studies
  • Cardiac Leads Failure Analysis


Implant Research Center  

Steven M. Kurtz

Principal Investigator

Steven Kurtz, PhD

Part-time Research Professor

Office: 3401 Market St, Suite 345
Phone: 215.594.8851

Research Interests

Computational biomechanics of bone-implant systems and impact-related injuries, orthopaedic biomechanics, contact mechanics, orthopaedic biomaterials, large-deformation mechanical behavior and wear of polymers, and degradation and crosslinking of polyolefins in implant applications.

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