faculty Steve Fening

Stephen D. Fening

Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership | Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Courses: EBME 440

Focus Areas: Medical devices, translational research, clinical research, biomechanics, orthopaedics, sports medicine, spine

Stephen D. Fening is the director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. In this role, he drives innovation and translational research to move technologies to the market, where they can improve patient care. He received undergraduate and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, an interdisciplinary PhD degree in biomedical engineering, and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopaedic biomechanics. His career goal is to make broad and substantial improvements to patient care through translational research and commercialization.

Dr. Fening is a co-founder and chief technology officer of Apto Orthopaedics Corporation, an early stage company focusing on non-invasive methods to adjust orthopaedic implants. He also serves as on the board of directors for several for- and not-for-profits.

Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fening was the director of orthopaedic devices at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and the director of orthopaedic research for Summa Health Systems. Prior to that, he was the director of research for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. His areas of research focus included the biomechanics of sports injuries to the knee, shoulder, and head and in innovation more broadly across orthopaedic devices. In the last 10 years, he has received over $8.7 million in grant funding, published more than 100 peer reviewed publications and presentations, and has several patents. He maintains adjunct faculty roles at Cleveland State University (biomedical engineering) and Northeast Ohio Medical University (anatomy) and is a member of several national and international professional societies.

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