Donita I. Bylski-Austrow, PhD

Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-2283

Fax 513-636-3928


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.

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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Glos DL, Sauser FE, Papautsky I, Bylski-Austrow DI. Implantable MEMS compressive stress sensors: Design, fabrication and calibration with application to the disc annulus. J Biomech. 2010 Aug 10;43(11):2244-8.

Bylski-Austrow DI, Wall EJ, Glos DL, Ballard ET, Montgomery A, Crawford AH. Spinal hemiepiphysiodesis decreases the size of vertebral growth plate hypertrophic zone and cells. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Mar 1;91(3):584-93.

Bylski-Austrow DI, Glos DL, Sauser FE, Papautsky I, Crawford AH, Wall EJ. Bilateral intra-annular spinal compressive stresses in vivo. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;123:398-403.

Bylski-Austrow DI, Wall EJ, Glos DL, Ballard ET, Stringer K, Crawford AH. Spinal hemiepiphysiodesis correlates with physeal histomorphometric gradients. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;123:261-6.

Wall EJ, Bylski-Austrow DI, Kolata RJ, Crawford AH. Endoscopic Mechanical Spinal Hemiepiphysiodesis Modifies Spine Growth. Spine. 2005 Mar;30(10):1148-1153.

Takeshita K, Bylski-Austrow DI, Peterson TK, Crawford AH, Nakamura K. The Nuchal Ligament Restrains Cervical Spine Flexion. Spine. 2004;29: E388-393.

Bylski-Austrow DI, Wall EJ, Rupert MP, Roy DR, Crawford AH. Growth Plate Forces in Adolescent Human Knees: Radiographic and Mechanical Study of Epiphyseal Staples. J Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2001;21:817-823.