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Current Affiliation: University of Iowa
Thomas D. Brown, Ph.D., is appointed as the Richard and Janice Johnston Chair of Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Iowa, where he has served on the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation since 1983. After completing graduate study at Carnegie-Mellon University (M.S. 1973, Ph.D. 1976, in mechanical engineering-bioengineering), he spent nine years on the Orthopaedic Surgery faculty at the University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Brown’s research has been in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics, and includes more than 280 archival journal publications. Much of this work has involved computational mechanics, particularly finite element analysis. Areas of particular focus have been joint replacement, intra-articular fractures, osteonecrosis, post-traumatic arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He has supervised nineteen Ph.D. theses and approximately fifty M.S. theses. He has been principal investigator on eighteen R01-level grants from NIH and other federal agencies. Honors include a Kappa Delta Award from AAOS/ORS, the Nicolas Andry award from ABJS, the Clinical Research Award (three times) from OREF, and the Giovanni Borelli Award from ASB. He has been active in many professional societies, particularly ORS and ASB, for both of which he is a past president. He served four years as a regular member of the NIH orthopaedic study section. He has performed extensive review, editorial board, and professional service work, including presently serving as Deputy Editor for Research of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.