Biosciences Graduate Program

Donald D. Anderson, PhD


Director, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2181-H WL
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-7528

Web: UI Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory (UIOBL) website
Web: More About Dr. Anderson on UIOBL website
Web: PubMed listing of Dr. Anderson's publications


BSE, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Iowa
MS, Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics emphasis), The University of Iowa
PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics emphasis) , The University of Iowa

Research Summary

Dr. Anderson endeavors in research to utilize his expertise in engineering mechanics to answer scientific questions in a manner that not only adds to the understanding of musculoskeletal disorders but that can also be used to improve treatment. He employs the tools of image analysis, computer modeling, and computational stress analysis to objectively quantify phenomena hitherto only assessed subjectively. An area of emphasis has been understanding the abnormal mechanics involved in the development of osteoarthritis, one of the most common causes of disability in adults, especially as it develops following trauma to an articular joint. A second focus of his research is in expanding the value of simulation for surgical skills training and performance assessment. Dr. Anderson leads a team of engineers and orthopaedic surgeons working to develop an education and research program to better and more safely train orthopaedic residents in their surgical skills.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging
Specialized Center for Research in Osteoarthritis

Selected Publications

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Anderson  D, Long S, Thomas G, Putnam M, Bechtold J, Karam M.  Objective structured assessment of technical skills (OSATS) does not assess the quality of the surgical result effectively.  Clin Orthop Relat Res.  2016 April 18. 474(4):874-881.

Segal N, Frick E, Duryea J, Roemer F, Guermazi A, Nevitt M, Torner J, Felson D, Anderson D.  Correlations of medial joint space width on fixed flexed standing CT and radiographs with cartilage and meniscal morphology on MRI.  Arthritis Care Res.  2016 March 18. 

Elkins J, Marsh J, Lujan T, Peindl R, Kellam J, Anderson D, Lack W.  Motion predicts clinical callus formation: Construct-specific finite element analysis of supracondylar femur fractures.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am].  2016 February 17. 98(4):276-284.

Hettrich C, Permeswaran V, Goetz J, Anderson D.  Mechanical tradeoffs associated with glenosphere lateralization in reverse shoulder arthroplasty.  J Shoulder Elbow Surg.  2015 July 31. 24(11):1774-1781.

Kho J, Johns B, Thomas G, Karam M, Marsh J, Anderson D.  A hybrid reality radiation-free hip fracture simulator for training wire navigation skills.  J Orthop Trauma.  2015 July 7. 29(10):e385-e390.

Karam M, Thomas G, Koehler D, Westerlind B, Lafferty P, Ohrt G, Marsh J, Van Heest A, Anderson D.  Surgical coaching from head-mounted video in the training of fluoroscopically guided articular fracture surgery.  J Bone Joint Surg [Am] .  2015 June 17. 97(12):1031-1039.

Kern A, Anderson D.  Expedited patient-specific assessment of contact stress exposure in the ankle joint following definitive surgical reduction.  J Biomech.  2015 June 12. 48(12):3427-3432.

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