John Szivek, PhD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Bio5 Institute (retired)
Senior Scientist, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (retired)
Adjunct Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (retired)
Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (retired)

Dr. Szivek’s research interests revolve around Orthopaedics, including bone remodeling, and bone and cartilage tissue engineering.  His projects include measurement of mechanical loads on long bones and joints in the body, studies of how implants interacts with native tissues, such as bone and cartilage, and the mechanical properties of various musculoskeletal structures. Dr. Szivek has been with the University of Arizona and served as Director of Orthopaedic Research from 1990 - 2019.  In 1998 and 2001, his faculty appointments expanded to include the Biomedical Engineering Program in the GIDP and the Bio5 Institute for Collaborative Bioresearch, respectively.  Dr. Szivek was awarded the William and Sylvia Rubin Chair of Orthopaedic Research in 2003 and held this title until 2019. Dr. Szivek is a dedicated educator who mentors undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical students and Orthopaedic residents.  

B.A.S., Metallurgy and Materials Science (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
M.A.S., Graduate College, specializing in bone remodeling near fracture fixation devices (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Ph.D., Graduate College, specializing in the effects of exercise and activity on bone remodeling (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)