In June 2016, Dr. Tashman began his new position as the Director of Biomedical Engineering for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. After receiving a M.Eng degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981, he ran the Gait Analysis Laboratory at Newington Children’s Hospital in Hartford, CT until 1987, where he helped to develop and run one of the first automated, 3D video-motion analysis systems. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1992, and then directed the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI from 1992-2006 (where he developed the first dynamic biplane radiographic imaging system for musculoskeletal studies). Prior to June 2016, he held the position of Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directed the Biodynamics Laboratory and continued to develop advanced imaging systems and apply them for musculoskeletal research.
Dr. Tashman’s primary areas of expertise are in vivo, dynamic assessment of joint function and musculoskeletal modeling. His research has focused on the relationships between musculoskeletal function and the development, treatment, and prevention of orthopaedic injury/disease, including ligament/meniscus injury, osteoarthritis, disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine and neuromuscular diseases. His work is highly translational, working together with orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and other scientists on studies to improve knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injury/disease. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 1995, as well as by numerous other public and private organizations. He currently has 113 publications in peer-reviewed journals.