Kent N. Bachus, PhD

Research Interests

  • Spine Biomechanics and 3D Motion
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Mechanics
  • Applications of engineering to orthopedic patient rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Bones of Upper Extremity
  • Percutaneous Devices
  • Bone remodeling around prosthetic components and biomaterials
  • Osseointegration
  • Osteoporosis and Aging
  • Biomechanics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Lower Extremity
  • Amputee Rehabilitation


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor, Orthopaedics - Research Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-5206
  • University Orthopaedic Center
    Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
    590 Wakara Way, Room: A100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Academic Biosketch:Dr. Bachus received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University (1983), a Masters of Science from University of Michigan (1985), and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Utah (1989). Since 1994, Dr. Bachus has served as the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and has an adjunct appointment with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah.Recent Publications:85. Isackson D, McGill LD, Bachus KN. (2010). Percutaneous implants with porous titanium dermal barriers: An in vivo evaluation of infection risk. Med Eng Phys.86. Finn MA, Samuelson MM, Bishop F, Bachus KN, Brodke DS. (2011). Two-level noncontiguous versus three-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a biomechanical comparison. Spine, 36(6), 448-53.87. Pelt CE, Bachus KN, Vance RE, Beals TC. (2011). A biomechanical analysis of a tensioned suture device in the fixation of the ligamentous Lisfranc injury. Foot Ankle Int, 32(4), 422-31.88. Pelt CE, Turner CM, Bachus KN, Foreman KB, Beals TC. (2011). Micro-CT Density Analysis of the Medial Wall of the Human Medial Cuneiform. Orthopedics, 34(5), 363.89. Shelton TJ, Beck JP, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN. (2011). Percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses for amputees: Limb compensation in a 12-month ovine model. J Biomech, 44(15), 2601-6.90. Tashjian RZ, Southam JD, Clevenger T, Bachus KN. (2012). Biomechanical evaluation of graft fixation techniques for acromioclavicular joint reconstructions using coracoclavicular tendon grafts. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. (Epub ahead of print).91. Heath B. Henninger, Alexej Barg, Andrew E. Anderson, Kent N. Bachus, Robert Z. Tashjian, Robert T. Burks. (2012). Effect of deltoid tension and humeral version in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 21, 483-490.92. Dorthyann Isackson, Kevin J Cook, Lawrence D McGill, and Kent N Bachus. (2012). Mesenchymal stem cells increase collagen infiltration and improve wound healing response to porous titanium percutaneous implants. Med Eng Phys, 33(4), 418-426.93. Jeyapalina S, Beck JP, Bachus KN, Williams DL, Bloebaum RD. (2012). Efficacy of a porous-structured titanium subdermal barrier for preventing infection in percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses. J Orthop Res, 30(8), 1304-11.94. Jeyapalina S, Beck JP, Bachus KN, Bloebaum RD. (2012). Cortical bone response to the presence of load-bearing percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses. Anat Rec (Hoboken), 295(9), 1437-45.95. Barg A, Courville XF, Nickisch F, Bachus KN, Saltzman CL. (2012). Role of collateral ligaments in metatarsophalangeal stability: a cadaver study. Foot Ankle Int, 33(10), 877-82.96. Chalayon O, Chertman C, Guss AD, Saltzman CL, Nickisch F, Bachus KN. (2013). Role of Plantar Plate and Surgical Reconstruction Techniques on Static Stability of Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joints: A Biomechanical Study. Foot Ankle Int. (Epub ahead of print).97. Holt BM, Bachus KN, Beck JP, Bloebaum RD, Jeyapalina S. (2013). Immediate post-implantation skin immobilization decreases skin regression around percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic implant systems. J Biomed Mater Res A, 101(7), 2075-82.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Graduate Training University of Michigan
Undergraduate Colorado State University
Mechanical Engineering

Global Impact


Description Country
"Early Feasibility Study of the Percutaneous Osseointegrated Prosthetic Implant" Association for the Study and Application of the Methods of Ilizorov (ASAMI) Brisbane, Australia Global

Selected Publications


  1. Jeyapalina S, Mitchell SJ, Agarwal J, Bachus KN (2017). Biomimetic Coatings and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Limit Epithelial Downgrowth Around Percutaneous Devices [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA.
  2. Beck JP, Jeyapalina S, Drew A, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN (2017). 24-Month Evaluation of a Distally Loaded Percutaneous Osseointegrated Prosthetic System in a Large Animal Amputation Model [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society.
  3. Phippen CM, Langston TD, Mears CS, Drew AJ, Bachus KN, Nielsen MT, Skedros JG (2017). Clinical Radiographic Projections of the Upper Humerus can Result in Substantial Errors When Quantifying the Deltoid Tuberosity Index, Cortical Index, and Other Morphological Characteristics: A Controlled Study in Cadaveric Humeri [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA.
  4. Jeyapalina S, Beck JP, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN (04/22/2010). A Pig Model to Evaluate the Ability of Porous Titanium Coated Subdermal Disks to Prevent Infection in Transcutaneous Osseointegrated Implants [Abstract]. Society for Biomaterials 2010.
  5. Beck JP, Bachus KN, Jeyapalina S, Epperson RT, Bloebaum RD (2010). Bone response to load bearing percutaneous osseointegrated implants for amputees: A sheep amputation model [Abstract].
  6. Jeyapalina S, Beck JP, Bachus KN, Bloebaum RD (2010). Skin tissue response to a percutaneous osseointegrated implant: A sheep amputation model [Abstract].
  7. Isaacson BM, Vance RE, Rosenbaum Chou TG, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN, Webster, JB (2010). Assessing implant strength and stability in an in vitro osseointegration model using resonance frequency [Abstract].
  8. Spencer Naser, Dorthyann Isackson, David Grainger, Paul Hogrebe, Kent Bachus (2010). Mechanical Properties and the In Vivo Response to Porous Polyurethane: An Evaluation to Provide an Effective Subdermal Barrier against Infection [Abstract].
  9. Bachus, KN, Shelton, T J, Jeyapalina, S, Bloebaum, R D (2010). Bone Ingrowth and Mechanical Stability of Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants [Abstract].
  10. Shelton, T J, Bloebaum, R D, Bachus, K N (2010). Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants: A 12 Month Study of Limb Compensation in an Amputated Ovine Model [Abstract].
  11. Baschuk, C M, Shelton, T J, Bloebaum, R D, Bachus, K N (2010). Variance of Femoral Bow in the Sagittal Plane Based on Age, Gender and Ethnicity for Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants [Abstract].
  12. Pelt, CA, Beals, TC, Turner, C, Foreman K B, Bachus KN (2009). MicroCT Density Analysis of the Medial Wall of the Human Medial Cuneiform [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  13. Bachus K N, Lobo A I (2009). An Overload Protection Device for Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants for Amputees [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  14. Campbell J R, Schabel K L, Horwitz D S, Bachus K N (2009). Cortical Thickness and Inner Canal Diameter Ratio: A Risk Factor for Iatrogenic Femoral Fracture [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  15. Campbell J R, Schabel K L, Horwitz D S, Bachus K N (2009). Iatrogenic Femoral Fracture Resulting from Trochanteric Nail Orientation [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  16. Isackson D, Bailey B, Brown NAT, Petty C, Bachus K N (2009). An Investigation of Infection Rate and Porous Metal Dermal Barriers [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  17. Shelton T J, Bloebaum R D, Bachus K N (2009). Vertical Forces of Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants of an Ambulating Ovine Amputation Model [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  18. Bloebaum R D, Beck J P, Olsen R, Norlund L, Bachus K N (2009). Development of a Single Stage Surgical Model for Percutaneous Osseointegrated Implants for Amputees [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  19. Isackson D, Bailey B, Brown NA, Bachus KN (2008). Dermal Barriers to Prevent Infection of Percutaneous Implants [Abstract]. Society for Biomaterials 2008.
  20. Finn Michael A, Bachus KN, Brodke DS (2008). Local and global subaxial cervical spine biomechanics after single-level fusion or cervical arthroplasty with a novel implant [Abstract]. AAOS 2008.
  21. Finn Michael A, Brodke DS, Bachus KN (2008). The cervical end of occipitocervical fusion: a biomechanical evaluation of three constructs [Abstract]. AAOS 2008.
  22. Finn Michael A, Brodke DS, Bachus KN (2008). The rescue screw in anterior cervical fusion: comparisons of insertional torque and stiffness [Abstract]. AAOS 2008.
  23. Finn Michael A, Brodke DS, Bachus KN (2008). In vitro biomechanics of a novel cervical total disk implant [Abstract]. AAOS 2008.
  25. Akyuz E, Braun JT, Brown NAT, Bachus KN (2007). THE RESPONSE OF THE GROWTH PLATE TO ASYMMETRIC MECHANICAL STIMULI [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2007.
  26. Bachus KN, Brodke DS, Chappius J (2007). Augmenting Osteoporotic Sacra for Posterior Pedicle Screw Fixation [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2007.
  27. Akyuz E, Braun JT, Brown NAT, Bachus KN (2006). THE RESPONSE OF THE GROWTH PLATE TO ASYMMETRIC MECHANICAL STIMULI [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2006.
  28. Brodke DS, Clark R, Bachus KN (2006). Biomechanical Evaluation of a Novel Anterior Cervial Plate System [Abstract]. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.
  30. Fassett D, Brodke DS, Clark R, Bachus KN, Dailey A (2004). A biomechanical comparison of dynamic and static anterior cervical plates in a trauma model [Abstract]. NASS 19th Annual Meeting.
  31. Braun JT, Ogilvie JW, Brodke DS, Bachus KN, Akuyz E (2003). Correction of experimental scoliosis without fusion using a flexible ligament tether versus a rigid shape memory alloy staple [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society, 49th Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA.