Lighting the spark of medical education, scientific innovation and patient care

The UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation has a national reputation for educating outstanding surgeons, and our reputation for innovative research is also garnering national attention. In addition to research related to patient care, department faculty members are doing research in basic science, biomechanical engineering, computer simulation, and nano-biotechnology. The following list shows the names and sources of grants received and/or active in the department during the calendar years shown:



Early Detection and Intervention of Orthopaedic Implant Loosening using Polymer Theranostics, DHHS/NIH/NIAMS, 2013-2017


Simplified Orthopedic Surgery, A four-year federally funded study sponsored by the United States Naval Health Research Center, 2010-2014

Material Science Smart Coatings, 2010-2013



NYUM - Experimental Study of Wear Durability of a Novel Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Design, Comparing Standard & Reverse Material Bearing Couples, 2015-2015

Biomet - Extension of a study for the wear of a prototype hinged total knee replacement system, 2015-2015

Lima Corp - A simulator wear study of duo-mobility total hip replacement systems, 2015-2016

Biomet - A simulator Study of the Wear of Biomet Hinged Total Knee Replacement Bearing Components, 2015-2015

Arthrex - In-vitro Durability Study of the Arthrex PS Knee System in Abrasive and Non-abrasive Conditions and Femoral Scratching Test, 2015-2015

Amedica - Comparative Testing of Ceramic Femoral Heads for Total Hip Arthroplasty, 2015-2016

 Arthrex - An In-vitro Wear Durability Study of the iBalance Unicondylar Knee System with Vit. E stabilized Highly Cross-Linked Bearings, 2015-2016


Biomet - Structural Integrity and Overall Survivability Testing of a Novel Hinged Total Knee Replacement System by Biomet, 2014-2014

Arthrex - A Knee simulator wear study of a Arthrex PS TKR design comparing two bearing materials, 2014-2014

Arthrex - A prolonged simulator wear study of metallic-on-plastic total hip replacement systems from Arthrex, 2014-2014

Arthrex - A prolonged simulator wear study of metallic-on-plastic total hip replacement systems under abrasive conditions, 2014-2014

Exponent - An in-vitro wear durability study of the Stelkast knee systems, comparing two bearing material types under abrasive conditions, 2014-2014

Exponent - A simulator wear study of ceramic-on-plastic total hip replacement systems from Japan comparing differently processed polymer bearings, 2014-2015


U of Toyko - In Vitro Wear Evaluation of Total Knee Replacement Systems with MPC Coated Polyethylene, 2013-2014


Ortho Development - Pin-on-Disk screening wear test of four types of UHMWPE, 2012-2012

Ortho Development - Wear Testing of 2 Types of UHMWPE Using Force-controlled Knee Simulators per ISO 14243-1, 2012-2013

Exponent - Testing Total Knee Replacement Systems Under Simulated High Abrasion Conditions: Testing the Stelkast PS System for 2 million Cycles, 2012-2012

Arthrex - A Battery of Tests to Characterize the Arthrex TKR System - Contact area & Stress, Constraint and Range of Motion, and Modular Interlock Strength, 2012-2013

Arthrex- Wear Tests for the Arthrex CR, CR-CS and PS TKR Components, 2012-2012


Biomet - Strength and Longevity of vitamin E highly cross linked polyethylene of a revision TKR system (E1 vs PS+), 2011-2012

Exponent - A Simulator Wear Study of Metallic-on-Plastic and Ceramic-on Plastic Total Hip Replacement Systems from Japan, 2011-2012 

Exponent - An In-vitro Wear Durability Study of the Stelkast Knee Systems, Comparing Two Bearing Material Types, 2011-2012

Gruppo Bioimpianti - A Simulator Study of the Wear of Posterior Stabilized Tibial Bearings, 2011-2012

Renovis Surgical Technologies - Characterization of CIMA and E-CIMA UHMWPE as a Bearing against CoCr Femoral hip Components under Abrasive Conditions, 2011-2012

Renovis Surgical Technologies - Modularity Strength Tests of the A200 CR Knee System, 2011-2012

Clinical trials:


A Multicenter, Randomized, Clinical Outcome of Visionaire Patient Matched Technology vs Standard Surgical Instrumentation in Total Knee Arthroplasty; Clinical Trial Smith & Nephew, 2011-2016

CSSG Multi-Center Retrospective and Observational Data Registry for Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes of Spinal Surgery Comparing Instrumentation and Procedures (K2M CSSG Data Collection Project Agreement), Clinical Trial, 2011-2014



TRAK Surgical - Work Order #1, 2014-2014

UNMC Cardiology - Angio Teacher Interactive Educational Software, 2014-present


Development of macromolecular analgesics for musculoskeletal pain, University of Nebraska Foundation, 2012-2014

Tohoku Univ - Wear Characterization of Metal-on-metal Total Hip Replacement Components with Differing Carbon Content, 2012-2013


Support for Research Assistant, Awarded by James Roberts, 2010-present

Tiny Bones Program, Wm. Patrick Foundation, 2010-present