Frank A. Pintar, PH.D.

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Chair and The Dr. Robert D. and Dr. Patricia E. Kern Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director, VA Neuroscience Labs
(414) 384-2000 x41534
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Zablocki VA Medical Center
Neuroscience Research Labs – Research 151
VA Medical Center
5000 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295

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Research interests

  • Biomechanics of brain and spinal cord injury
  • Mechanics of spine surgical techniques
  • Motor vehicle crash trauma

Professional preparation

Ph.D., 1986, Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University
B.S., 1982, Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University

Selected recent publications

Yoganandan N, Chirvi S, Voo L, Pintar FA, Banerjee A., “Role of age and injury mechanism in cervical spine injury tolerance under head contact loading,” Traffic Inj Prev. 2017 Jul 24:0. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2017.1355549

Yoganandan N, Chirvi S, Voo L, DeVogel N, Pintar FA, Banerjee A., Foot-ankle complex injery risk curves using calcaneus bone mineral density data.” J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2017 Aug;72:246-251. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2017.05.010. Epub 2017 May 5.

Yoganandan N, Bass CR, Voo L, Pintar FA. “Male and Female Cervical Spine Biomechanics and Anatomy: Implication for Scaling Injury Criteria.” J Biomech Eng. 2017 May 1;139(5). doi: 10.1115/1.4036313.

Yoganandan N, Humm J, Pintar F, Rhule H, Moorhouse K, Suntay B, Stricklin J, Rudd R, Craig M., “Male and female WorldSID and post mortem human subject responses in full-scale vehicle tests.” Traffic Inj Prev. 2017 May 29;18(sup1):S136-S141. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2017.1304543. Epub 2017 Mar 23.

Goodwin BD, Pintar FA, Yoganandan N., “Acoustic Emission Signatures During Failure of Vertebra and Long Bone.” Ann Biomed Eng. 2017 Jun;45(6):1520-1533. doi: 10.1007/s10439-017-1818-4. Epub 2017 Mar 14.

Recent Grants

Occupant Safety In Obliquely Mounted Aircraft Seat Systems (03/01/2017 - 02/29/2020) Sponsor: Federal Aviation Administration

Advanced Total Body Model (ATBM) Injury Model Validation (02/28/2017 - 11/21/2019) Sponsor: L-3 Applied Technologies Inc

Biological Materials Testing to Support Computational Modeling (04/01/2017 - 03/31/2019) Sponsor: Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Biomechanics Product Team (BIO PT) Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin (WIAMan) Army Project (08/28/2014 - 06/30/2018) Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University