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Timothy Wright, PhD

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Timothy Wright, PhD

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Research Description

Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Dr. Wright’s research interests are in the design of orthopedic devices with an emphasis on the biomechanical performance of total joint replacements. Special areas of interest are the mechanics of the bone-implant system and wear and tribocorrosion of bearing surfaces and modular connections. He applies implant retrieval analysis integrated with stress analyses and laboratory experiments in these efforts. Other areas of interest include applying his expertise in joint mechanics to integrated experimental-computational approaches aimed at understanding joint stability including collaboration on a novel, noninvasive mouse model for studying the onset and progression of osteoarthritis.

Dr. Wright joined the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1976 and the Cornell University Medical College in 1978. He is a recipient of honors for excellence in research from the Hip Society and the Knee Society and earned a Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. A past Whitaker Fellow and a past recipient of a Research Career Development Award from NIH, Dr. Wright served as president of the Orthopaedic Research Society in 1992. He is a former consulting editor for research of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and was co-editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research from 1996 to 2014. Dr. Wright received a Director's Special Citation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for his work on a forum of academic, industry and agency representatives striving to improve the regulatory process for orthopedic devices.  In 2013, he was awarded the Alfred Shands Award from the Orthopedic Research Society in recognition of a professional lifetime of outstanding contributions to orthopedic research.


Clinical Trials

Selected Publications

Schnaser EA, Elpers ME, Koch CN, Haas SB, Westrich GH, Wright TM. Posterior Stabilized Polyethylene Inserts in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrieval Study Comparing Conventional to High-Flexion Designs. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print].

Triantafyllopoulos GK, Elpers ME, Burket JC, Esposito CI, Padgett DE, Wright TM. Otto Aufranc Award: Large Heads Do Not Increase Damage at the Head-neck Taper of Metal-on-polyethylene Total Hip Arthroplasties. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print].

Liu T, Esposito C, Elpers M, Wright TM. Surface Damage Is Not Reduced With Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene Tibial Inserts at Short-term. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Nassif  N, Nawabi DH, Stoner K, Elpers M, Wright TM, Padgett D. Taper Design Affects Failure of Large-head Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacements. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print].

Heyse TJ, Ries M, Bellemans J, Goodman S, Scott R, Wright TM, Lipman J, Figgie, M. Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2013 Jun 13. [Epub ahead of print].

Dy CJ, Bozic KJ, Pan TJ, Wright TM, Padgett DE, Lyman S. Risk factors for early revision after total hip arthroplasty. Arthritis Care Res, 2013 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print].

Ko FC, Dragomir C, Plumb DA, Goldring SR, Wright TM, Goldring MB, van der Meulen MCH. In vivo cyclic compression causes cartilage degeneration and subchondral bone changes in mouse tibiae. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2013 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print].

Stoner, KE, Nassif NA, Wright TM, Padgett DE. Laser scanning as a useful tool in implant retrieval analysis:  A demonstration using rotating platform and fixed bearing tibial inserts. J Arthroplasty, 28(8 Suppl):152-6, 2013.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Professional Education by Dr. Wright on HSS.edu


F.M Kirby Chair of Orthopedic Biomechanics, Hospital for Special Surgery
Senior Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Applied Biomechanics, Department of Orthopaedics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Program Director, NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Musculoskeletal Training Program
Member, Biomedical Engineering Program, College of Engineering, Cornell University
Coordinating Program Director, Weill Cornell NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center