Richard D. Komistek

Fred M. Roddy Professor - Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department

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Dr. Richard Komistek earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is the Fred M. Roddy endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering.  Prior to accepting his position at UT, Dr. Komistek held appointments as Co-Director of the IBDMS NSF Center; Assistant Research Professor and then Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines; and Instructor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis.  In addition, Dr. Komistek served as Center Director at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; President and Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory; Director of Research at the Rose Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory; and Research Engineer and then Senior Research Engineer at Wright Medical Technology, Inc. His research interests focus on developing mathematical models of the human body musculoskeletal system, analyzing the failure modes for total joint arthroplasty, in vivo kinematic and kinetic analysis of the human body, closed and open loop control systems of the human body, and design of total joint implantable devices.

Focus Areas: Biomechanics | Bio-Controls | Bio-Vibrations | Implant Design | Rigid Body Dynamics

Skills and Expertise:  Kane’s Dynamics | Autolev | In Vivo Mechanics | In Vivo Sound Analysis | Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty | Mobile Fluoroscopy

Selected Publications:

In vivo Comparison of Patellofemoral Kinematics for Subjects Having Either a High Flexion TKA or a Normal Knee
F. Leszko, A. Sharma, R.D. Komistek, M.R. Mahfouz, H.E. Cates, and G.R. Scuderi, Journal of Arthroplasty, vol. 25(3), pp. 398-404, 2010.
In vivo Contact Pressures in Total Knee Arthroplasty
A. Sharma, R.D. Komistek, C.S. Ranawat, D.A. Dennis, and M.R. Mahfouz, Journal of Arthroplasty, vol. 22(3), pp. 404-16, 2007.
Knee Mechanics: A Review of Past and Present Techniques to Determine in vivo Loads
R.D. Komistek, T.R. Kane, M.R. Mahfouz, J.A. Ochoa, and D.A. Dennis, Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 38(2), pp. 215-228, 2005.
In Vivo Fluoroscopic Analysis of the Normal Human Knee
R.D. Komistek, D.A. Dennis, and M.R. Mahfouz, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, vol. 410, pp. 69-81, 2003.
Multi-Center Determination of in vivo Kinematics after Total Knee Arthroplasty
D.A. Dennis, R.D. Komistek, M.R. Mahfouz, B.D. Haas, and J.B. Stiehl, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, vol. 416, pp. 37-57, 2003.
An in Vivo Comparison of Hip Joint Separation for after Metal-on-Metal or Metal-on-Polyethylene THA
R.D. Komistek, D.A. Dennis, J.A. Ochoa, B.D. Haas, and C. Hammill, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, vol. 84-A(10), pp. 1833-41, 2002.
In Vivo Comparison of Femorotibial Contact Positions for Press-Fit Posterior Stabilized and Posterior Cruciate-Retaining Total Knee Arthroplasties
R.D. Komistek, R.D. Scott, D.A. Dennis, D. Yasgur, D.T. Anderson, and M.E. Hajner, Journal of Arthroplasty, vol. 17(2), pp. 209-16, 2002.
Correlation Between Condylar Lift-Off and Femoral Component Alignment
J. Insall, G. Scuderi, R. Komistek, K. Math, D. Dennis, and D. Anderson, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, vol. 403, pp. 143-152, 2002.
In Vivo Determinantion of Knee Kinematics for Subjects Implanted with a Unicompartmental Arthroplasty
J.N. Argenson, R.D. Komistek, J.M. Aubaniac, D.A. Dennis, E.J. Northcut, D.T. Anderson, and S. Agostini, Journal of Arthroplasty, vol. 17(8), pp. 1049-54, 2002.
Fluoroscopic Analysis of Total Knee Replacement
R. Komistek and D. Dennis, Surgery of the Knee, 3rd ed., New York: Churchill Livingston, vol. 2, pp. 1695-1704, 2001.