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Stephen M. Howell, MD

Adventist/Health Lodi Memorial, University California at Davis

Dr. Howell is a clinician in private practice in Sacramento, CA and an experienced researcher in the areas of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, sports medicine, and knee replacement. Academically, he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Davis and collaborates with Prof. Maury Hull PhD on biomedical engineering projects concerning anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL), disorders of the meniscus, and total knee arthroplasty. Together they have mentored and graduated 23 masters and 2 PhD students in biomedical engineering. Their research team has improved the placement of the tibial and femoral tunnels and the fixation of the soft tissue ACL graft. Both of these contributions have enabled aggressive rehabilitation without injuring the soft-tissue ACL graft and improved the clinical outcome. He has over 120 publications in peer-review journals. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School in 1981 and the orthopedic residency program at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Howell has been fortunate enough to share the information from his research team at international and national meetings. He is Past President of the International ACL Study Group and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Arthroscopy Association, and past member of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and Herodicus Society, He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics In terms of product development he has published extensively and promoted world-wide adoption of a surgical approach called kinematic alignment for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) which he developed in 2005. Kinematically aligned TKA provides better pain relief, patient satisfaction, function, and flexion than traditional or mechanical aligned TKA. He is the designer of the IDEAL ZimmerBiomet Sports Medicine. He is also a consultant for Medacta, ThinkSurgical with the assignment to integrate kinematically aligned TKA into robotic surgery.

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