University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Bio for Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D.
Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D.

Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D.

McClure Professor of Musculoskeletal Research
Director of Research
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation


Contact Information
E-mail: Bruce.Beynnon@uvm.edu
Phone:
802-656-2250
Office Location:
UVM COM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center, 95 Carrigan Drive, 438A Stafford Hall, Burlington, VT 05405

Education

PhD: Biomechanical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont (1991)
MS: Biomechanical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont (1986)
BS: Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont (1982)

Research Interests

Dr. Beynnon's research has focused on adult reconstruction, sports trauma, fracture fixation, and has included the development of a spine implants, a cervical thoracic orthosis for the management of cervical spine lesions, and more recently, the development of a new internal fixation plate for the treatment of joint deformities. He has developed instrumentation to investigate the biomechanical behavior of total knee arthroplasty, and this has led to an improved understanding of how changes in the design of total joint components can influence their biomechanical behavior. He is currently working on several sports biomechanics projects at the University of Vermont’s Sports Medicine Center. These include the development and validation of new arthrometers to quantify knee and shoulder biomechanics in-vivo, and the measurement of anterior cruciate ligament strain in-vivo. He is leading clinical studies designed to evaluate different anterior cruciate ligament surgical techniques and rehabilitation programs with particular concern on the long-term stability of the knee and return to full activity. Recently, he has focused on identifying the risk factors that predispose athletes to lower extremity injuries such as knee and ankle ligament sprains. An additional research interest is the influence of abnormal joint loads on the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis.

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington VT, July 2006-present

McClure Professor of Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington VT, July 2006-present

Research Grants

9/15/10-6/30/15: NIH 1 R01 AG033547-01A2, "Muscle Disuse and Contractile Dysfunction in the Elderly" (PI: Toth; Co-PI: Bruce D. Beynnon)

9/07/07-5/31/12: NIH 1 R01 AR050421-01A2, "A Case-Control Study of ACL Injury Risk Factors" (PI: Bruce B. Beynnon)

1/01/10-3/31/12: "Bone Architecture of the Lumbar Pedicle: Can we measure cortical thickness with spiral computer tomography?" (PI: Ames; Co-PI: Bruce D. Beynnon)

Awards and Honors

Co-Winner, Albert Trillat Young Investigator's Award of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedics Sports Medicine (2009)
Hughston Award of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2006)
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Research Award (2006)
O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (1996, 1999 and 2005)
Frank Stinchfield Award (2002)
GOTS-Beiersdorf Research Award (2000)
Albert Trillat Award of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (1993, 1997 and 2009)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Award (1994)
SICOT M.E. Muller Research Award (1990)
North American Arthroscopy Association's O'Connor Arthroscopic Research Award (1989)
Young Scientist Award from the American Society of Biomechanics (1988)

Publications

Goetschius JW, Smith HC, Vacek PM, Holterman LA, Shultz SJ, Tourville TW, Slauterbeck JR, Johnson RJ, Beynnon BD. Application of a clinic-based algorithm as a tool to identify female athletes at risk for anterior cruciate ligament injury: a prospective cohort study with a nest, matched case-control analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:22879400.

Paller DJ, Frenzen SW, Bartlett CS, Beardsley CL, Beynnon BD. A Three Dimensional Comparison of Intramedullary Nail Constructs for Osteopenic Supracondylar Femur Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Apr 24 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:22534687.

Roemhildt ML, Beynnon BD, Gardner-Morse M. Mineralization of articular cartilage in the sprague-dawley rat: characterization and mechanical analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2012 Apr 21 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:22531460.

Roemhildt ML, Beynnon BD, Gardner-Morse M, Badger G, Grant C. Changes Induced by Chronic In Vivo Load Alteration in the Tibio-Femoral Joint of Mature Rabbits. J Orthop Res, 2012;30:1413-1422. PMID:22344562.

Smith HC, Johnson RJ, Shultz SJ, Tourville T, Holterman LA, Slauterbeck J, Vacek P, Beynnon BD. A Prospective Evaluation of the Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) as a Screening Tool for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk. Am J Sports Med 2011 Nov. 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Smith HC, Vacek P, Johnson RJ, Slauterbeck JR, Hashemi J, Shultz S, Beynnon BD. Risk Factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Review of the Literature: Part 2: Hormonal, Genetic, Cognitive Function, Previous Injury and Extrinsic Risk Factors. Sports Health 2011. 4(2):156-162.
 
Smith HC, Vacek P, Johnson RJ, Slauterbeck JR, Hashemi J, Shultz S, Beynnon BD. Risk Factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Review of the Literature: Part 1: Neuromuscular and Anatomic Risk. Sports Health 2011. 4(1):69-78.

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Kong Y, Dudley WN, Beynnon BD, Nguyen AD, Kim H, Montgomery MM. Cyclic Variations in Multi-planar Knee Laxity Influence Landing Biomechanics. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2011 Oct 25 [Epub ahead of print]

Beynnon BD, Johnson RJ, Naud S, Fleming BC, Abate JA, Brattbakk B, Nichols CA. Accelerated Versus Nonaccelerated Rehabilitation After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Investigation Evaluating Knee Joint Laxity Using Roentgen Sterophotogrammetric Analysis. Am J Sports Med 2011. 39(12):256-48.

Fujiya H, Kousa P, Fleming BC, Churchill DL, Beynnon BD. Effect of muscle loads and torque applied to the tibia on the strain behavior of the anterior cruciate ligament: an in vitro investigation. Clin Biomech 2011. 26(1):1005-11.

Chu CR, Beynnon BD, Buckwalter JA, Garrett WE, Katz JN, Rodeo SA, Spindler KP, Stanton RA. Closing the Gap Between Bench to Bedside Research for Early Arthritis Therapies (EARTH): Report from the AOSSM/NIH U-13 Post-joint Injury Osteoarthritis Conference II. Am J Sports Med 2011. 39(7):1569-1578.

Hashemi J, Mansouri H, Chandrashekar N, Slauterbeck JR, Hardy DM, Beynnon B D. Age, Sex, Body Anthropometry and ACL Size Predict the Structural Properties of the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament. J Orthop Res 2011. 29(7):993-1001.

Hashemi J, Breighner R, Chandrashekar N, Hardy DM, Chaudhari AM, Shultz SJ, Slauterbeck JR, Beynnon BD. Hip-Extension, Knee-Flexion Paradox: A new mechanism for non-contact ACL injury. J Biomech 2011. 44(4):577-585.

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Beynnon BD. Variations in Varus/Valgus and Internal/External Rotational Knee Laxity and Stiffness across the Menstrual Cycle. J Orthop Res 2011. 29(3):318-325.

Shultz SJ, Schmitz RJ, Nguyen AD, Levine B, Kim H, Montegomery MM, Shimokochi Y, Beynnon BD, Perrin DH. Knee Joint Laxity and Its Cyclic Variation Influence Tibiofemoral Motion During Weight Acceptance. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2011. 43(2):287-95.

List of Dr. Beynnon's publications on PubMed

Editorial Boards

Deputy Editor - Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2005-present
Board of Associate Editors - Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2002-2005
Editorial Board - The American Journal of Sports Medicine: Osteoarthritis & Cartilage


Reviews (Journal and Grant)

Reviewer: American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research