Donita I. Bylski-Austrow, PhD

Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-2283

Fax: 513-636-3928


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Donita Bylski-Austrow, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's in 1995. She directs biomechanics research, which has focused primarily on the thoracic spine for the purpose of improving the treatment of scoliosis.

She has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in premier journals and regularly presents research results at national and international meetings. Past research experience has encompassed biomechanical aspects of auto occupant injury; birth trauma effects on the fetal skull; ultrasound-computed tomography; and knee injury treatment, especially of the menisci and anterior cruciate ligament. She determined the effects of surgical techniques on the mechanical properties of the spine toward improving the treatment of scoliosis using endoscopy. A main focus of interest is the mechanobiology of vertebral growth. These studies combine an innovative surgical approaches with mechanics, biology, and imaging. In collaboration with a visiting surgeon from Japan, she defined the mechanical function of the nuchal ligament to help prevent post-laminectomy kyphotic deformities.

Education and Training

PhD: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bioengineering, 1986.

MSE: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Applied Mechanics, 1983

MS: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bioengineering, 1981

BSE: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Mechanical Engineering, 1978.


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