Background and History

The orthopaedic implant performance and retrieval program was initiated in 1996 with the arrival of Dr. Clare M. Rimnac to Case Western Reserve University.  At that time, in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Kraay and Dr. Victor Goldberg, the Orthopaedic Implant Retrieval and Analysis Laboratory, a joint effort of the Departments of Orthopaedics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CWRU was created.   Dr. Rimnac also oversees related fundamental implant materials characterization studies in laboratory facilities in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CWRU dedicated to orthopaedic biomechanics and biofabrication/biomanufacturing.  In 2012, in keeping with the expansion of its programmatic efforts, the Center for the Evaluation of Implant Performance, was established under the co-direction of Dr. Clare Rimnac (Case School of Engineering) and Dr. Matthew Kraay (Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center).

In 2000, in partnership with Dr. Steve Kurtz at Drexel University, a multicenter implant retrieval program, originally funded by the NIH, was established.  Over the years, this successful program has grown and now has more than a dozen participating sites. The architecture of this scalable, multicenter orthopaedic implant retrieval program is unique and provides an unmatched ability to comprehensively integrate and assess the material, design, and clinical factors that affect implant performance. 

Over the last nearly two decades, on our own and in collaboration with our multi-center partners, the Center for the Evaluation of Implant Performance at CWRU has contributed numerous publications and presentations to the orthopaedic community on topics related to implant performance.