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

Research Featured in PittWire

Dr. Steven Abramowitch was recently interviewed for an article in PittWire, the University of Pittsburgh’s online news source of its most interesting and important stories. The article on Predicting Pelvic Health can be found here.

ASME President-Nominee

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Dr. Woo Elected IAMBE Fellow

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