Steven Kurtz

Steven M. Kurtz, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
  • Corporate Vice President and Director, Philadelphia Office, Exponent


Dr. Kurtz concurrently serves as a part-time Research Professor and director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. Dr. Kurtz’ professional career has involved the evaluation of medical device technologies, from a combined analytical, experimental, and clinical perspective. His research activities have emphasized real-world clinical performance of medical devices, including orthopedic, spine, and cardiovascular implants, as assessed by human implant retrieval specimens and national health care databases; mechanical behavior of synthetic biomaterials; contact mechanics of artificial joints; and structural evaluation of bone-implant systems. Dr. Kurtz is active in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Hip Society, the Knee Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dr. Kurtz has edited eight books and written over 210 journal articles and 470 conference abstracts. He is the founding editor of three educational websites: the UHMWPE Lexicon (, the Medical PEEK Lexicon ( and the OrthoCeramics Encyclopedia ( He has co-edited STP 1591: Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacements for the ASTM in 2015 and recently completed the UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook, 3rd Edition, which was published in 2016.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1995
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (with distinction), 1990