Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva, PhD

Julia and Walter R. Peterson Orthopaedic Research Professor

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Head of Biomechnical Engineering Laboratory

Adjunct Professor - Department of Biomedical Engineering

Co-Director of Research

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Dr. Silva joined the Washington University faculty in September 1996. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University and then worked in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1996. While at M.I.T., he conducted research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and wrote his thesis on Predicting the Failure Behavior of the Human Vertebral Body. Dr. Silva is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded the Lee T Ford Award for Academic Achievement by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001.

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

Research Interests

The biomechanics of age-related fractures and osteoporosis; bone mechanobiology - the adaptive and injury response of bone to mechanical forces; evaluating the skeletal phenotype of transgenic and knockout mouse models; biomechanics of tendon and tendon-bone healing

Background

Dr. Silva joined the Washington University faculty in September 1996. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University and then worked in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1996. While at M.I.T., he conducted research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and wrote his thesis on Predicting the Failure Behavior of the Human Vertebral Body. Dr. Silva is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded the Lee T Ford Award for Academic Achievement by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001.

Bachelors Degree

  • Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering

Masters Degree

  • Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering

Doctorate

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards:

  • 1996, New Investigator Recognition Award 42nd Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • 2001, Finalist, New Investigator Recognition Award (Senior Author) 47th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • 2001, Sun Valley Hard Tissue Workshop, Young Investigator Travel Award
  • 2001, Lee Ford Award for Academic Achievement, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University
  • 2002, Cabaud Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, “Hemorrhagic Medial Collateral Ligament Healing in a Mouse Model”

Committees:

  • 2001 (June), Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Study Section (ORTH), Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, Temporary Member
  • 2002, Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting - Moderator: Tendon session
  • 2002 (November), Small Business Orthopaedic Medicine Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, Temporary Member
  • 2003 (October), Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration Study Section (SBSR), Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, Temporary Member

Make an Appointment

Dr. Silva’s Office Locations

BJC - Institute of Health

11th floor - RM 11619

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