Department of Biomechanics

Peter Evans, MS

Peter started his career in orthopaedics as an undergraduate student at Syracuse University, where he studied the biomechanics of the hip following total hip arthroplasty, concentrating on the mechanisms that contribute to hip implant dislocation.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he went to work at the Institute for Human Performance at Upstate Medical University, working as a research assistant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  As a research assistant, he studied and evaluated the biomechanics of the upper and lower extremities using cadaver-implant systems, focusing on the fixation & stabilization of both pediatric and adult lower-extremity fractures.  He also performed computational analyses of wrist-joint kinematics to enhance the understanding of both wrist stability and dislocation.

After leaving Upstate Medical University, he went on to complete his Masterís Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  At Drexel, his research focused on the development and evaluation of spinal implants for the replacement of degenerated intervertebral discs using CAD based development, and finite element methods.

After completing his Masterís Degree, he came to work at Hospital for Special Surgery in the Department of Biomechanics.  He worked as a design engineer at the hospital, developing custom orthopaedic implants, and conducting industry sponsored orthopaedic research studies for the ongoing development and improvement of orthopaedic implants.

Selected Publications

Green JK, Werner FW, Dhawan R, Evans PJ, Kelley S, Webster DA. A biomechanical study on flexible intramedullary nails used to treat pediatric femoral fractures. J Orthop Res. 2005 Nov;23(6):1315-20.

Evans PJ, Starly B, Sun W. Computer-aided tissue engineering for the design and evaluation of lumbar-spine arthroplasty. Computer-Aided Design and Applications. 2006;3(6):771-7.

Werner FW, Short WH, Green JK, Evans PJ, Walker JA. Severity of scapholunate instability is related to joint anatomy and congruency. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2007 Jan;32(1):55-60.

Recent Presentations

Damron TA, Kerker J, Green JK, Werner FW, Evans PJ. Biomechanical comparison of cephalomedullary reconstruction nails for prophylactic fixation of an impending subtrochanteric femur fracture. Trans Orthop Res Soc. 2005.

Evans PJ, Starly B, Sun W. Computer-aided tissue engineering for design evaluation of lumbar-spine arthroplasty. 2006 International CAD Conference and Exhibition. 2006.

Evans PJ, Sun W. Novel design of an intervertebral disc replacement utilizing finite element methods. 14th Annual Pre-ORS Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics. 2006

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