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Steven M. Kurtz, Ph.D.

Principal & Practice Director

Biomedical Engineering

Professional Profile


Dr. Kurtz 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 Knee Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dr. Kurtz has edited six books and written over 180 journal articles and 430 conference abstracts. He is the founding editor of two educational websites: the UHMWPE Lexicon (www.uhmwpe.org) and the Medical PEEK Lexicon (www.medicalpeek.org). He has recently completed STP 1560: Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices for the ASTM.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1995
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (with distinction), 1990
  • 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).