Dr. Scott Tashman is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Tashman will be developing and directing the new Biodynamics Laboratory for dynamic, 3D imaging of musculoskeletal function.

After receiving a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981, he ran the Gait Analysis Laboratory at Newington Children’s Hospital (Hartford, CT) for 6 years, where he helped to develop and run one of the first automated, 3D video-motion analysis systems and performed quantitative analyses of surgical procedures for treating children with cerebral palsy. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1992, specializing in computational modeling of musculoskeletal systems. From 1992-2006, he directed the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI), where he developed the first dynamic biplane radiographic imaging system for musculoskeletal imaging and performed numerous studies primarily related to knee injury and osteoarthritis. For the next 10 years, he held the position of Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directed the Biodynamics Laboratory and continued to develop advanced imaging systems for musculoskeletal research. His research in Pittsburgh spanned a wide range of joints (ankle, knee, hip, spine, shoulder) and disorders (ligament/tendon/meniscus injury, osteoarthritis, disc disease).

Dr. Tashman’s primary areas of expertise are in vivo, dynamic assessment of joint function, orthopedic biomechanics and musculoskeletal modeling. His research has focused on the relationships between musculoskeletal function and the development, treatment and prevention of orthopedic injury/disease, including ligament/meniscus injury, osteoarthritis, disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine and neuromuscular diseases. He has a long history of vivo studies designed to improve knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injury/disease. This research is clinically/translationally focused, and has always been performed in close collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and other scientists.

Dr. Tashman’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 1995, as well as by numerous other public and private organizations. He has 110 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and many peer-reviewed and invited presentations at major international conferences. He currently serves on the NIH Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences study section, and is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the Orthopedic Research Society and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International.



Undergraduate Degree
Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
Masters Degree
Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
Doctoral Degree
Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies

Orthopedic Research Society: 1985-1988, 1992-present
American Society of Biomechanics: 1994-present
International Society of Biomechanics: 1995-present
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE Biomedical Engineering Society: 1980-present
Gait and Clinical Motion Analysis Society: 1997-present
ACL Study Group: 2012-present


Best Paper Award, 44th STAPP Car Crash Conference: 2001
Distinguished Scientist, Henry Ford Health System: 2005
Best Paper Award, 51st STAPP Car Crash Conference: 2008
Spotlight Speaker, Orthopedic Research Society: 2010
O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine: 2011
Scientific Research Award, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine Annual Conference (Senior Author): 2015