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Brett Steineman, PhD

Dr. Brett D. Steineman is an Assistant Professor of Applied Biomechanics in Orthopaedic Surgery at HSS and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Steineman specializes in combining dynamic cadaveric experimentation with computational models to address clinically relevant questions associated with total ankle arthroplasty, progressive collapsing foot deformity, and other challenges related to the lower extremities. He is currently focused on developing cadaver models to optimize the fixation geometry of total ankle replacements to minimize micromotion and to study the effects of various surgical treatments for progressive collapsing foot deformity to avoid overcorrection.

Dr. Steineman received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Trine University and Ph.D. in bioengineering from Colorado State University. As an undergraduate student, Brett also worked as a product development engineering co-op at Zimmer-Biomet, Inc. in Warsaw, Indiana helping to develop surgical instruments and implants for partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, and knee-specific limb salvage procedures. As a graduate student, Brett was advised by Dr. Tammy Haut Donahue and Dr. Robert LaPrade on his dissertation research focused on soft tissue mechanics and improving meniscal root repairs. The goal of his research was to better understand root tears of the anterior meniscal insertions and to investigate mechanistic causes of insufficient meniscal root repairs. After receiving his Ph.D., Brett joined the Biomechanics Department as a postdoctoral fellow in foot & ankle research.

Dr. Steineman is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Catholic Scientists, an associate member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and an allied associate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He also contributes as a reviewer for grant study sections (e.g., Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation), peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Orthopaedic Research), and annual conference Meetings (e.g., Summer Biomechanics Bioengineering Biotransport Conference, Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society).


Assistant Professor of Applied Biomechanics in Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, 2023


Postdoc, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2021
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Colorado State University, 2018
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Trine University, 2014


New Investigator Recognition Award Recipient – Orthopaedic Research Society – 2023
J. Leonard Goldner Award Recipient – American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society – 2022

Selected Publications

Henry JK, Hoffman J, Kim J, Steineman B, Sturnick D, Demetracopoulos C, Deland J, Ellis S. The Foot and Ankle Kinematics of a Simulated Progressive Collapsing Foot Deformity During Stance Phase: A Cadaveric Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2022 Dec;43(12):1577-1586. doi: 10.1177/10711007221126736. Epub 2022 Oct 19. PubMed PMID: 36259688.

Steineman BD, Quevedo González FJ, Sturnick DR, Deland JT, Demetracopoulos CA, Wright TM. Biomechanical evaluation of total ankle arthroplasty. Part I: Joint loads during simulated level walking. J Orthop Res. 2021 Jan;39(1):94-102. doi: 10.1002/jor.24902. Epub 2020 Nov 11. PubMed PMID: 33146417; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7749051.

Quevedo González FJ, Steineman BD, Sturnick DR, Deland JT, Demetracopoulos CA, Wright TM. Biomechanical evaluation of total ankle arthroplasty. Part II: Influence of loading and fixation design on tibial bone-implant interaction. J Orthop Res. 2021 Jan;39(1):103-111. doi: 10.1002/jor.24876. Epub 2020 Oct 20. PubMed PMID: 33030768; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7748995.

Steineman BD, LaPrade RF, Haut Donahue TL. Loosening of Transtibial Pullout Meniscal Root Repairs due to Simulated Rehabilitation Is Unrecoverable: A Biomechanical Study. Arthroscopy. 2019 Apr;35(4):1232-1239. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.11.041. Epub 2019 Mar 11. PubMed PMID: 30871905.

Steineman BD, LaPrade RF, Haut Donahue TL. Loosening of Posteromedial Meniscal Root Repairs Affects Knee Mechanics: A Finite Element Study. J Biomech Eng. 2022 May 1;144(5). doi: 10.1115/1.4053100. PubMed PMID: 34817052.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.