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Department of Biomechanics

Brett Steineman, PhD

Brett 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 at Hospital for Special Surgery as a postdoctoral fellow in foot & ankle research. His current focus at HSS is to coordinate cadaveric experimentation and computational modeling to determine the important factors affecting implant performance in total ankle arthroplasty.