People

 

Director

 

Clare M. Rimnac, Ph.D., FORS, FAIMBE

 

Distinguished University Professor

Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering
 

Phone: (216)-368-6442
 

Clare Rimnac received a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1978, and an M.S. in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1983 in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Lehigh University. In 1983, she was a Research Fellow and from 1984 until 1996 she was a Scientist in the Department of Biomechanics at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. In 1996, Professor Rimnac joined the faculty of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University where she is currently the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean of Research in the Case School of Engineering. She holds secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics.

Professor Rimnac’s research is funded by the NIH, private foundations, and industry and is directed towards orthopaedic biomechanics, with a focus on lifetime and degradation science of medical devices and materials, including: implant retrieval analysis; mechanical behavior and modeling of materials used in total joint replacements; and damage and fracture behavior of bone tissue. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Among other honors, Professor Rimnac has served on two NIH study sections, is the recipient of an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Award, two Hip Society Awards, and a Knee Society Award. She has served as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and was President of the Orthopaedic Research Society.  In 2013, she received the  Women's Leadership Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Professor Rimnac currently serves as a Senior Associate Editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  She is a member of external adivsory board for the Bioengineering Program at Lehigh University.  In 2014, she was elected to the board of the Engineering Research Council of ASEE.

DEGREES
  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 1983
  • M.S., Lehigh University, 1980
  • B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1978
RESEARCH AREAS
  • Mechanical behavior of bioactive and bioinert polymeric biomaterials
  • Mechanical behavior of bone tissue
  • Implant retrieval analysis
  • Lifetime and degradation science
TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
 

Co-Director

Matthew J. Kraay, M.S., M.D.    Matthew J. Kraay, MS, MD

Director, Center for Joint Replacement & Preservation, UH Cleveland Medical Center
Kingsbury G. Heiple and Fred A. Lennon Chair and Professor of Orthopedics, UH Cleveland Medical Center

Email: matthew.kraay@uhhospitals.org
 

 

Matthew J. Kraay received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1977, an M.S. in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan in 1978 and an M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1983. Following completion of his surgical internship, Dr. Kraay was an Allen Surgical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University and completed his orthopaedic residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland/CWRU in 1989. From 1989-1990, he was a Fellow in Total Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland. From 1990-1991 he was a Fellow in the Comprehensive Arthritis Program at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. In 1991, Dr. Kraay became an attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals of Cleveland and is currently Director of the Division of Joint Reconstruction and Arthritis Surgery, Director of the Center for Joint Replacement and Preservation at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical and the Kingsbury G. Heiple, MD and Fred A. Lennon Professor of Orthopaedics at CWRU. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Kraay is the recipient of the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio and he currently serves on that organizations Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Medical and Scientific Committee. He is a member of both The Hip Society and The Knee Society.  He has also served on the AAOS Biomedical Engineering Committee, the AAOS Annual Meeting Knee Subcommittee, the American College of Chest Physicians Consensus Conference on Thromboembolic Disease, the University of Michigan - College of Engineering Alumni Society Board of Governors and the University of Michigan Department of Biomedical Engineering External Advisory Board. He has served on numerous hospital committees and is currently on the Medical/Scientific Advisory Board of CellBank, Inc.

DEGREES
  • M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 1983
  • M.S., The University of Michigan, 1978
  • B.S., Michigan State University, 1977
 
RESEARCH AREAS
  • Clinical performance and outcomes of total  joint replacements
  • Implant retrieval analysis
  • Measurement of wear in THA 
  • Deep vein thrombosis and complications following total joint arthroplasty

 


Affiliated Faculty

Steven Fitzgerald, M.D.      

Email: Steven.Fitzgerald@UHhospitals.org

Steven Fitzgerald received a B.S. in Biology from Boston College in 1999 and an M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2004. Following completion of his surgical internship, Dr. Fitzgerald was an Allen Surgical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University and completed his Orthopaedic residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in 2010. He then completed a fellowship in Lower Extremity Adult Reconstruction at Mayo Clinic.  In 2012, Dr. Fitzgerald became an attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.  

Dr. Fitzgerald currently serves on SCIP/HOPS Hospital Quality Assurance Committee. He has also served on the Curriculum Committee and Resident Application Process Evaluation Committee in the Department of Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University.

DEGREES
  • M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, 2004
  • B.S., Boston College, 1999
RESEARCH AREAS
  • Clinical performance and outcomes of total  joint replacements
 

Research Staff

Rebecca Moore, M.S.          

Research Engineer / Research Coordinator /  Laboratory Manager - Wearn 511

Email: rdl2@case.edu
Phone: (216)-844-1745

DEGREES
  • M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 2002
  • B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 2000
RESEARCH AREAS
  • Implant retrieval analysis
 

Jay Bensusan, M.S.          

Senior Research Engineer

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Biomechanics and Biofabrication/biomanufacturing Laboratories

Glennan 621

Email: jsb5@case.edu
Phone: (216)-368-1395

DEGREES
  • M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1986
  • B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1981
RESEARCH AREAS
  • Mechanical testing of Orthopaedic polymers.

Recent Previous Research Residents / Postdoctoral Fellows

Ajit Vakharia, M.D. - Allen Fellow 2019-2020

Jason Ina, M.D. - Allen Fellow 2018-2019

Jerry Du, M.D. - Allen Fellow 2017-2018

Christopher Flanagan, M.D. - Allen Fellow 2016-2017

Andrew Tsai, M.D. - Allen Fellow 2013-2014

 


Current Graduate Students

Emily Szabo, M.S. - Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Mechanical behavior of maturing bone for application towards modeling of non-accidental trauma.

Dylan Crocker, M.S. - Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Sequential radiation dose effects on structural cortical bone allografts

Catherine Mohme - B.S./M.S. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Fatigue crack propagation and fracture toughness of medical formulations of PEEK and PEEK composites.  

Leandra Bowsman - B.S./M.S. Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Development of 3D-printed trabecular PEEK test specimens.  

 

Current Undergraduate Students

Liam Giger - Expected graduation May 2022, Biomedical Engineering

Mitchell Melander - Expected graduation May 2022, Biomedical Engineering

 


Recent Previous Students 

Ashley Schuett - B.S./M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2020

Pranav Adavi - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2020

Christine Stanko - B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2019

Jamila McKenzie - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2020

Andrew Dupuis  - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2017

Madeline Strnad - Chemistry and Education, Case Western Reserve University, 2018

Penny Kitsopoulos  - B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2020

Emma Hawley - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2017; M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2018

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi - B.S.E., Polymers Science and Engineering - Biomaterials, Case Western Reserve University, 2016

Connor Edel - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2015

Jonathan Yuan - B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Amanda Wojahn - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2013

Juliana Kim - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2013