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: 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

As the Co-Director of Bone and Joint Laboratory over the past 23 years, Dr. Bloebaum has been lead- or co-author on over 100 papers on clinically related and translational work. His personal goal is to safely introduce osseointegrated implants (OI) for Veterans and warfighters with limb loss over the next five years. Under Dr. Bloebaum’s direction, the Bone and Joint Research Lab was established in 1987. The mission statement of this lab is to “contribute knowledge to the advancement of Orthopaedic, clinical and basic sciences through hypothesis-driven basic and translational research programs, providing education programs for patients, clinical care providers, fellows, researchers, and students, which will lead to improved clinical treatments and VA patient care.” Accordingly, over the past 23 years, Dr. Bloebaum has successfully managed over 14 major VA, NIH and DOD grants, 25 graduate students, 10 residents, 5 post doctorate fellows, 27 medical students and 36 undergraduate students. He has collaborated with 11 VA physicians. Dr. Bloebaum has over 30 years experience in establishing implant design criteria for implant attachment to the bone. This work has received national and international awards. The current challenge is to secure a permanent skin seal at the skin-implant interface to prevent periprosthetic OI infection. The BJRL has established models to pursue this goal. The lab is one of the few in the world capable of processing large implants in tissue without disturbing the interface. These are essential skills to assess the skin and bone response to the presence of an implant.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 Sep). 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 Jul). 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 Apr). 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 (2003-01-01). 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 (2003-01-01). Comparative analysis of the oxidative resistance between shelf-aged crosslinked and conventional polyethylene acetabular liners [Abstract]. Orthopaed Res Soc, 28(2), 1408.