Biomedical Engineering Faculty

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William Mihalko, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon in the Campbell Clinic and holds the Hyde Chair of Excellence in Rehabilitative Engineering in the UT Department of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering. He spends 40% of his time in clinical practice at the Memphis Veterans Administration Hospital and 60% in research and administrating the joint program on the UT-campus. Dr. Mihalko is very active in leadership positions in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and ASTM International, where he serves as an officer for F04 3800 (computer assisted surgical systems) and as the User-vice-chair for F04 medical devices.

His current research interests align with his clinical practice as a hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon. These include a retrieval program he has developed for analyzing well-functioning long term implants obtained at time of necropsy. He also investigates biomarkers associated with early joint replacement failures. He works collaboratively with Dr. Audrey Zucker-Levin and Dr. John L. Williams in the gait analysis laboratory located in the UT Department of Physical Therapy.

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Richard A. Smith, BS, MS, PhD
joined the University in 1983 and in 1985 he joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a Research Associate. In 1997, Dr. Smith became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director for the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging graduate program at UTHSC.

Dr. Smith holds secondary appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Biology at the University of Memphis. Dr. Smith did his graduate research work in Vertebrate Zoology (Anatomy & Physiology, Masters) and Microbiology and Molecular Cell Science (PhD). Dr. Richard Smith is studying cellular inflammation responses to biomaterial debris, bacterial toxins and tick saliva. He is studying a rabbit model of tendonosis, a mouse model of sickle cell disease and is involved in development of a rabbit bone graft biomaterial preclinical assessment model.

Dr. Smith's current research also focuses on enhanced soft tissue attachment such as the integration of a tendon graft into bone. He is also interested in drug, peptide and hormonal effects on bone mineral density, content and strength. He has published 45 peer review journal articles and has over 80 research presentations at regional, national and international scientific conferences. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

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Denis J. DiAngelo, PhD is the UTHSC Distinguished Professor in Biomechanics and Director of the BioRobotics Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He developed advanced robotic testing platforms that simulate how human joints move under different loading conditions. Much of their earlier research focused on studying the biomechanical properties of spinal instrumentation systems. But over the past few years have expanded the capacity of the testing system to investigate foot-ankle and shoulder biomechanics.

Another research initiative underway in the BioRobotics Lab is
the study of back support systems. One current project focuses on
the development of a novel testing protocol that quantifies the structural properties of back braces and has been used to design a dynamic back support device for weak elderly individuals or young degenerative disc patients. They are also collaborating with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon: Dr. Derek Kelly, Dr. Bill Warner, and Dr. Jeff Sawyer at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital to better understand the mechanics of back braces used to rewet adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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