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Current Affiliation: University of Iowa
Donald D. Anderson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is also co-Director of the UI Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Anderson holds a BSE (1985) in Biomedical Engineering, as well as an MS (1986) and a PhD (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics emphasis), all from the University of Iowa. He has over twenty years of post-doctoral professional experience. First in Pittsburgh (1990-1997) – Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute; then in Minneapolis (1997-2002) – Director, Biomechanics Laboratory, Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center; and finally back in Iowa City (2002-present).
Don has been an ASB member since 1988, when he joined as a PhD student. Don has served ASB most notably as the Newsletter Editor (2000-2003), as Secretary/Treasurer (2004-2007), and as President (2010-2013). He has also provided ad hoc Program Committee work and helped organize an Upper Midwest Regional Meeting in 2004. He is also a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and the International Society of Biomechanics.
Dr. Anderson’s primary research focus has been on articular joint biomechanics, specifically investigating the mechanical relationship between joint injury and subsequent development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. The work involves nurturing interactions between a growing inter-disciplinary group of clinicians, engineers, and biologists. Much of his work has involved computational modeling and medical image analysis. The Whitaker Foundation, the National Football League, the Arthritis Foundation, and the NIH have all funded his research.