Message from Dr. Woo

Dr. Savio Woo

For five decades, 645 of us (engineers, biologists, physicians, surgeons and staff members) worked together seamlessly to perform cutting-edge, clinically relevant research.

We are known for:

I. Our pioneering work on 1) biomechanical and viscoelastic properties of ligaments and tendons, 2) robotics based (in-vitro and in-vivo) joint mechanics and function, and 3) bioscaffold and degradable metallic material (Magnesium) to heal and regenerate of ligaments and tendons – from the molecular, cellular, tissue, and joint levels.

II. Successfully educated students and fellows. All have gone on to important careers. Our proudest accomplishment was that each and every undergraduate who desired to matriculate to a medical school had successfully enrolled and earned his/her M.D degree (100%).

III. Earned a national and international reputation of excellence for our translational work – applying our basic scientific knowledge to benefit patients! “Controlled Motion is Good!”

IV. Proudly served the orthopaedic sports medicine and biomechanics communities by playing leadership roles in professional organizations including ISL&T, WACBE, ORS, BMES, ASME, ASB, USNCB, WCB, AOSSM, AANA, ISAKOS, ISFR, ESSKA, AAOS, Magellan, Herodicus and so on.

This updated website will now feature a number of our outstanding fellows and students. Not only do we want to celebrate their many accomplishments, but also to use this platform to establish (and re-establish) connections amongst ourselves.

Savio L-Y. Woo, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon), D.Eng. (Hon)
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Founding Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Formerly,
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering
Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory
University of California, San Diego

Recent Events

OBL & MSRC Alumni Accolades

2024 ORS Fellows

At the 2024 Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting held February 2-6 in Long Beach, California, a new class of Fellows was recognized. Dr. Zong-Ming Li was selected this year to be honored as an Read more…

University of Utah Top Graduate Teachers

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Weiss who was recognized as one of the Top Graduate Teachers in the Fall 2022 semester. Jeff is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah.

20 Years of Service to the University of Pittsburgh

Diann DeCenzo is celebrating 20 years of service to the University of Pittsburgh. She is pictured here with Dean of the School of Engineering, Sanjeev Shroff and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor, Patrick Gallagher. Congratulations! 

2022 DePuy Synthes Innovation Award

Congratulations to Lindsay Chang, a former MSRC undergraduate intern for being recognized as a 2022 DePuy Synthes Innovation Award Winner for the category of Keep People Moving. ii

Savio and Pattie Woo Conference Room

Great news! The Dept of Bioengineering has officially named the Savio and Pattie Woo Conference Room. The room is not completed as yet, but the sign has been installed.