Kent N. Bachus, PhD

Research Interests

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


  • 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

Kent N. Bachus received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1983, his Master of Science degree in Bioelectrics/Bioengineering from the University of Michigan in 1985, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1989. He joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedics in 1994 and serves as the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and holds academic appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He reviews for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Trauma, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and the Journal of Biomaterials and others. His society memberships include the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the North American Spine Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials. His research interests include the design and development of percutaneous osseointegrated implants for amputees, establishing and maintaining infection-free dermal-barriers for percutaneous devices, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries, bone and soft tissue biomechanics, human and animal joint kinematics, and spine biomechanics.

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
Bachus KN. "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

Journal Article

  1. Eli IM, Karsy M, Brodke DS, Bachus KN, Couldwell WT, Dailey AT, Mazur MD (2019). Restabilization of the Occipitocervical Junction After a Complete Unilateral Condylectomy: A Biomechanical Comparison of Unilateral and Bilateral Fixation Techniques. (Epub ahead of print) Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown).
  2. Jeyapalina S, Beck JP, Drew A, Bloebaum RD, Bachus KN (2019). Variation in bone response to the placement of percutaneous osseointegrated endoprostheses: A 24-month follow-up in sheep. PLoS ONE, 14(10), e0221850.
  3. Jeyapalina S, Mitchell SJ, Agarwal J, Bachus KN (2019). Biomimetic coatings and negative pressure wound therapy independently limit epithelial downgrowth around percutaneous devices. J Mater Sci Mater Med, 30(6), 71.
  4. Jeyapalina S, Colombo JS, Beck JP, Agarwal JP, Schmidt LA, Bachus KN (2019). Epidermal growth factor receptor genes are overexpressed within the periprosthetic soft-tissue around percutaneous devices: A pilot study. (Epub ahead of print) J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater.
  5. Shelton TJ, Steele AE, Saiz AM, Bachus KN, Skedros JG (2018). The Circle-Fit Method Helps Make Reliable Cortical Thickness Measurements Regardless of Humeral Length. Geriatr Orthop Surg Rehabil, 9, 2151459318818163.
  6. Isackson D, Cook KJ, McGill LD, Bachus KN (2012). Mesenchymal stem cells increase collagen infiltration and improve wound healing response to porous titanium percutaneous implants. Med Eng Phys, 35(6), 743-53.
  7. Henninger HB, Barg A, Anderson AE, Bachus KN, Burks RT, Tashjian RZ (2011). Effect of lateral offset center of rotation in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 21(9), 1128-35.
  8. Henninger HB, Barg A, Anderson AE, Bachus KN, Tashjian RZ, Burks RT (2011). Effect of deltoid tension and humeral version in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 21(4), 483-90.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. Bachus, KN, Shelton, T J, Jeyapalina, S, Bloebaum, R D (2010). Bone Ingrowth and Mechanical Stability of Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants [Abstract].
  9. 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].
  10. 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].
  11. 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].
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  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. 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.
  16. Bachus K N, Lobo A I (2009). An Overload Protection Device for Percutaneous, Osseointegrated Implants for Amputees [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2009.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  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, Brodke DS, Bachus KN (2008). The cervical end of occipitocervical fusion: a biomechanical evaluation of three constructs. [Abstract]. AAOS 2008.
  21. Finn Michael A, Brodke DS, Bachus KN (2008). In vitro biomechanics of a novel cervical total disk implant. [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, 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.
  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. 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.
  28. Akyuz E, Braun JT, Brown NAT, Bachus KN (2006). THE RESPONSE OF THE GROWTH PLATE TO ASYMMETRIC MECHANICAL STIMULI [Abstract]. Orthopaedic Research Society 2006.
  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.