Dr. Kurtz is a Principal in Exponent’s Biomedical Engineering and Science practice. He serves as a part-time Research Professor and Director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. Dr. Kurtz has expertise in the additive manufacturing (3D printing) of medical devices, with an emphasis on orthopaedic, spine, and trauma implants. His professional career has involved the evaluation of medical device technologies, from a combined analytical, experimental, and clinical perspective.
His recent research interests include point-of-care additive manufacturing of medical devices, especially with high-temperature PAEK polymers. His research activities have emphasized the real-world clinical performance of medical devices, including orthopedic, spine, and cardiovascular implants, as assessed by human implant retrieval specimens, national implant registries, and national health care databases; clinical studies of medical devices; and the mechanical behavior of synthetic biomaterials, including UHMWPE and PEEK.
Dr. Kurtz is active in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Hip Society, the Knee Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dr. Kurtz has edited 10 books and written over 270 journal articles and 500 conference abstracts. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, and he has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.