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Calvin Chan, MS

Research Engineer

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Calvin Chan is the research engineer for the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering with a focus in biomechanics, and a minor in Robotics. Calvin is currently working on meniscus extrusion, ultrasonographic and optical tracking assement of shoulder motion, designing a way to robotically control the hip joint, as well as controlling the 6-DOF robotic manipulator for other studies.

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Gerald Ferrer, BS

PhD Candidate Researcher

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Gerald Ferrer is a Bioengineering PhD candidate in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Gerald graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering with a concentration in biomechanics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Gerald's current work is focused on quantifying location specific mechanical properties in tendons using different ultrasound techniques and understanding key biomechanical factors that influence rotator cuff tear propagation through computational models.

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Sene Polamalu, BS

PhD Candidate Researcher

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Sene Polamalu is a second year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the Pitt STRIVE Program. Sene graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics. Sene’s current work is focused on bony morphology of the knee with regards to ACL injuries using methods including statistical shape modeling.

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Luke Mattar, BS

PhD Candidate Researcher

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Luke Mattar is a first year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by a National Institutes of Health grant. Luke graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. Luke's current work is focused on predicting the outcome of exercise therapy for treatment of rotator cuff tears based upon in vivo kinematic analyses and various other parameters.

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Satoshi Yamakawa, PhD

Visiting Research Scholar

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Satoshi Yamakawa obtained a Ph.D. of Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Japan (2017). He has a 7-year research background, mainly focused on knee and ankle biomechanics using a robot testing system at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan (2011-2018). He is currently interested in elbow biomechanics using the STARⅣ system and knee biomechanics using computational simulation.  In the future he plans on developing a new apparatus for joint biomechanics.

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Satoshi Takeuchi, MD

Research Fellow

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Satoshi Takeuchi is an orthopedic surgeon from Nagoya City University in Japan. His research interests are shoulder biomechanics using the robotic system and ultrasound related research. His current research focuses on robotic simulation of shoulder dislocation.

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Guoming Xie, MD

Research Fellow

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Guoming Xie is a research fellow from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He is interested in studying the effects of popliteomeniscal fascicle tears in ACL-deficient and ACL-reconstructed knees.

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Christopher Gibbs, MD  

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track 

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Chris Gibbs is a second year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology from Grove City College in 2014, and earned his medical degree from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in 2018. His current work includes ultrasound evaluation of chronic rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability as well as the  effects of traumatic dislocation on the glenohumeral capsule.

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Yukun Zhang, BS

Master Candidate Researcher

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Yukun Zhang is a second year master student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. Currently, he is working on a project to obtain the stiffness matrix characteristics of the human knee. In the future, he is planning on continuing for PhD study.

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Tyler Wilps, BS

Medical Student Researcher

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Tyler Wilps is a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University who is dedicating a year for research at the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory. Tyler graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance as well as a minor in Chemistry. Tyler's current work is focused on characterizing posterolateral rotary stability of the elbow during active motion at different arm positions using the novel robotic actuation apparatus. Future directions include studying the effect of dynamic stabilization on medial collateral ligament injury of the elbow in the baseball pitching motion.

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Jocelyn Hawk

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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Jocelyn Hawk is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering.  Currently, she is working on a project to determine injury patterns in the glenohumeral capsule following multiple severe anterior shoulder dislocations.  In the future, she plans to attend graduate school.

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Michael Kassabian

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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Michael Kassabian is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics.  Currently, he is working on a project to record and analyze the effects of physical therapy on shoulder kinematics in subjects with rotator cuff injuries.

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Jacqueline McHale

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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Jacqueline McHale is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering and minoring in Mechanical Engineering on the biomechanics track. Currently, she is assisting in research on bony morphology of the knee using statistical shape modeling in order to investigate ACL injuries. In the future, she is planning on acquiring a Master's degree and working in industry.

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Alumni

Clinicians Students 
Bart Muller, MD (Netherlands)  Jonathan Brokaw
Shoko Horibata (Japan)  Lee Maccarone
Yoshimasa Fujimaki, MD (Japan)  Hillary Newsome 
Marcus Hofbauer, MD (Austria)  Malcolm Dombrowski 
Ingo Banke, MD (Germany)  Ryan Moss 
Yaniv Michaeli (Israel)   Benjamin Engel 
Bruno Ohashi, MD (Brazil)  Stephanie Rigot 
Haukur Björnsson, MD (Sweden)  Margaret Anne Smith (Carnegie Mellon University) 
Arnd Hoburg, MD (Germany) Audra Sawyer (Boston University) 
Daisuke Araki, MD (Japan)   Laura Bechard 
Fabio Arilla, MD (Brazil)  Joe Takahashi  
Daniel Günther, MD (Germany)  Stephanie Sexton  
Masahito Yoshida, MD (Japan)  Trenton Gilstrap 
Jason Zlotnicki, MD 
Emily Anthony 
Thomas Pfeiffer, MD (Germany)  Patrick Haggerty 
Jan Hendrik-Naendrup, MD (Germany)   Chris Como (Michigan) 
Amir Ata Rahnemai-Azar, MD  Jackie Shauble 
Elmar Herbst, MD (Germany)
Kyle Berkow (Epic)
Conor Murphy, MD
Samik Patel 
Tetsuya Takenaga, MD (Japan) Toni Patterson, MS 
João Novaretti, MD (Brazil) Kevin Bell, PhD 
Neel Patel, MD R Matthew Miller, PhD (Worcester Academy) 
Kanto Nagai, MD, PhD (Japan)
Jonathan Adam Gustafson, PhD (RUSH) 
Tomoyuki Suzuki, MD (Japan) Ryan Black 
Theresa Diermeier, MD (Germany) James Gorrenflo 
Itamar Neto, MD (Brazil) Benjamin Roadarmel  
Robert Tisherman, MD
Sarah Hensley
Thomas Rauer, MD (Switzerland)
Catherine Smith
Joseph Greaves (Pennsylvania State University)
Matthew Navarro (Clemson University)
Samantha Rowen (Northwestern University)