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  • Brian Kelly, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

    Dr. Kelly’s expertise is in the area of musculoskeletal biomechanics with focus on the mechanical behaviors of the human spinal column. His laboratory works closely with clinical neurosurgeons in the Division of Neurosurgery as well as neurosurgical residents, fellows, and research staff to better understand how disease, trauma, and surgical interventions affect the normal forces, movements, and stability of the human spine.

    Dr. Kelly’s interests include the development and application of custom robotic testing systems that significantly improve the simulation of complex motion and loading patterns experienced by spinal joints during activities of daily living.

    Dr. Kelly received his BS in mechanical engineering in 1987 and his MS in mechanical engineering in 1992 from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario Canada. After working as a research engineer, he returned to his graduate studies and completed his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005.

    Education & Training
    • PhD, University of Tennessee, Biomedical Engineering, 2005
    • MS with thesis, McMaster University, Mechanical Engineering, 1992
    • BS, McMaster University, Mechanical Engineering, 1987
    Professional Memberships
    • International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery
    • North American Spine Society
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division
    • Southern Biomedical Engineering Society
    • Ad hoc reviewer, Spine, European Spine Journal, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (ASME)
    Honors and Awards
    • 2012: Patent Recognition Award, University of Tennessee Research Foundation Innovations
    • 2008: Memphis Business Journal Health Care Hero Award in the Health Care Innovations
    • 1987-1988: Research Scholarship Award, McMaster University
    Selected Publications
    1. Granata JD, Berlet GC, Ghotge R, Li Y, Kelly B, DiAngelo D. Talonavicular joint fixation: a biomechanical comparison of locking compression plates and lag screws. Foot Ankle Spec. Feb 2014;7(1):20-31.
    2. Kelly BP, Zufelt NA, Sander EJ, DiAngelo DJ. The influence of fixed sagittal plane centers of rotation on motion segment mechanics and range of motion in the cervical spine. J Biomech. Apr 26 2013;46(7):1369-1375.
    3. Kelly BP, Bennett CR. Design and validation of a novel Cartesian biomechanical testing system with coordinated 6DOF real-time load control: application to the lumbar spine (L1-S, L4-L5). J Biomech. Jul 26 2013;46(11):1948-1954.
    4. Bennett CR, Kelly BP. Robotic application of a dynamic resultant force vector using real-time load-control: simulation of an ideal follower load on Cadaveric L4-L5 segments. J Biomech. Aug 9 2013;46(12):2087-2092.
    5. Kelly BP, Shen FH, Schwab JS, Arlet V, Diangelo DJ. Biomechanical testing of a novel four-rod technique for lumbo-pelvic reconstruction. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). Jun 1 2008;33(13):E400-406.
    6. Kelly BP, Glaser JA, DiAngelo DJ. Biomechanical comparison of a novel C1 posterior locking plate with the harms technique in a C1-C2 fixation model. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). Nov 15 2008;33(24):E920-925.
    7. Derek T, Cooke V, Kelly BP, Harrison L, Mohamed G, Khan B. Radiographic grading for knee osteoarthritis. A revised scheme that relates to alignment and deformity. J Rheumatol. Mar 1999;26(3):641-644.
    8. Hefzy MS, Kelly BP, Cooke TD. Kinematics of the knee joint in deep flexion: a radiographic assessment. Med Eng Phys. Jun 1998;20(4):302-307.
    9. Hefzy MS, Kelly BP, Cooke TD, al-Baddah AM, Harrison L. Knee kinematics in-vivo of kneeling in deep flexion examined by bi-planar radiographs. Biomed Sci Instrum. 1997;33:453-458.

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