Roy Drake Bloebaum, PhD

Research Interests

  • Backscattered electron imaging
  • Cartilage, Articular
  • Advance the role of the SEM in calcified failure
  • Bone Cements
  • Osteoporosis and Aging
  • Implant retrieval analysis
  • Osseointegration


  • English

Academic Information

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

Academic Office Information

  • 801-582-1565-Ext.4607
  • VA - Building #2
    Bone and Joint Research Laboratory (151F)
    500 S Foothill Dr, Room: Floor 1, Room 1C15B
    Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Academic Bio

Dr. Bloebaum is Research Professor and holds the Albert and Margaret Hofmann Chair in Orthopaedic Research. He is an internationally recognized expert in bone healing and total joint replacement. Dr. Bloebaum is a senior VA Hospital Research Scientist and Co-Director of the VA Bone and Joint Research Lab, which is a collaborative research program with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System Research and Development Program. In addition, he is a Research Career Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Salt Lake City Health Care System. Dr. Bloebaum’s publications include over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts on bone and total joint replacement related topics. He received his doctorate, as a Rotary International Scholar, from the University of Western Australia. Dr. Bloebaum served on the faculty at the University of Southern California and Arizona State prior to taking a position at the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr Bloebaums’ research interests are biomaterials, bone, total joint replacement, articular cartilage and electron microscopy, including pioneering efforts in backscattered electron imaging. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Western Australia
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow
Undergraduate University of Western Australia
Honors Anatomy
Undergraduate Lindenwood College
Undergraduate St. Mary's College
Liberal Arts

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Doctoral Training University of Western Australia
Ph.D. Australia
Undergraduate University of Western Australia
Honors Anatomy
B.Sc. Australia

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Skedros JG, Sybrowsky CL, Parry TR, Bloebaum RD (2003). Regional differences in cortical bone organization and microdamage prevalence in Rocky Mountain mule deer. Anat Rec, 274A(1), 837-50.
  2. Skedros JG, Dayton MR, Sybrowsky CL, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN (2003). Are uniform regional safety factors an objective of adaptive modeling/remodeling in cortical bone? J Exp Biol, 206(Pt 14), 2431-9.
  3. Kuo TY, Skedros JG, Bloebaum RD (2003). Measurement of femoral anteversion by biplane radiography and computed tomography imaging: comparison with an anatomic reference. Invest Radiol, 38(4), 221-9.


  1. Koller K, Bloebaum RD, Hofmann AA (2003). Micromineralization dynamics of the porous coated interface in human post-mortem retrievals [Abstract]. Orthopaed Res Soc, 28(1), 33.
  2. Willie BM, Ashrafi S, Steffensen T, Bloebaum RD (2003). Comparative analysis of the oxidative resistance between shelf-aged crosslinked and conventional polyethylene acetabular liners [Abstract]. Orthopaed Res Soc, 28(2), 1408.