Dr. Kurtz is the Director of Exponent’s Biomedical Engineering practice. He serves as a part-time Research Professor and Director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. Dr. Kurtz has expertise in the clinical performance of polyethylene, ceramic, and metal-on-metal hip implants. His professional career has involved the evaluation of medical device technologies, from a combined analytical, experimental, and clinical perspective.
His research activities have emphasized real-world clinical performance of medical devices, including orthopedic, spine, and cardiovascular implants, as assessed by human implant retrieval specimens and national health care databases; mechanical behavior of synthetic biomaterials; contact mechanics of artificial joints; and structural evaluation of bone-implant systems.
Dr. Kurtz is active in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Hip Society, the Knee Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dr. Kurtz has edited eight books and written over 210 journal articles and 470 conference abstracts. He is the founding editor of three educational websites: the UHMWPE Lexicon (www.uhmwpe.org); the Medical PEEK Lexicon (www.medicalpeek.org); and the Medical Ceramics Encyclopedia (www.medicalceramics.org). He has co-edited STP 1591: Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacements for the ASTM in 2015 and recently completed the UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook, 3rd Edition, which was published in 2016.
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1995
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (with distinction), 1990
- Patrick G. Laing Award (formerly called the F04 Award of Merit), for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Medical & Surgical Materials & Devices, American Society for Testing and Materials, May 2015
- James A. Rand Award, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, for Most Outstanding Paper in Arthroplasty Surgery, 2012
- John W. Hyatt Award (Benefit to Society), for Outstanding Achievement in Plastics that Benefit Mankind, Awarded by the Society of Plastics Engineers, 2008
- Lawrence D. Dorr Award, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, for Most Outstanding Paper in Surgical Techniques and Technologies, 2008, 2009
- Leroy Wyman Award, for Outstanding Contributions to Committee F-04 on Medical & Surgical Materials & Devices, American Society for Testing and Materials, May 2008
- Otto Aufranc Hip Society Award, for the Best Paper Encompassing Important Advances in the Management of Hip Disorders, 2006
- The Spine Education in Research Award, for the Best Basic Science Paper, Awarded by the Spine Arthroplasty Society, 2006
- Fulbright Senior Specialist, Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2006
- MOSES Award, Committee F-04 on Medical & Surgical Materials & Devices, American Society for Testing and Materials, May 2000
- Research Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, Drexel University
- Patent 6,267,011: Method and Apparatus for Determining the True Stress and True Strain Behavior of a Ductile Polymer,” Issued July 31, 2001 (with C.W. Jewett and J.R. Foulds).