Heath B. Henninger, PhD

Research Interests

  • Bone and Soft Tissue Mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Shoulder
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Orthopaedics - Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-5207
  • University Orthopaedic Center
    Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
    590 Wakara Way, Room: A0100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Heath Henninger grew up in Pennsylvania and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint, MI. Following 8 years working with industrial robotics, he chose to pursue his PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Weiss (PhD) in the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories, he studied the spatial distribution and mechanical contributions of sulfated glycosaminoglycans in medial collateral ligament. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics, working with Drs. Robert Tashjian (MD) and Robert Burks (MD) to develop a biomechanical shoulder simulator to study the native and repaired/replaced shoulder. Heath also contributed to the development of a biplane fluoroscopy system to measure in vivo joint kinematics with Dr. Andrew Anderson (PhD). In 2012 he was appointed Research Assistant Professor in the Utah Department of Orthopaedics with an Adjunct appointment in Bioengineering. As a faculty member, Heath’s research is focused on the kinematics and biomechanics of the shoulder, with concentrations in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, biceps tenodesis, and osseointegrated prosthetics for the upper extremity. Outside of research, Heath is an avid golfer, and also enjoys fly-fishing, snowboarding, and keeping active in the outdoors with his family

Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow University of Utah
Orthopaedics, Shoulder Biomechanics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Bioengineering, Biomechanics Concentration
Undergraduate Kettering University
Mechanical Engineering, Machine Design Concentration

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Jacxsens M, Elhabian SY, Brady SE, Chalmers PN, Mueller AM, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2020). Thinking outside the glenohumeral box: Hierarchical shape variation of the periarticular anatomy of the scapula using statistical shape modeling. (Epub ahead of print) J Orthop Res.
  2. Drew AJ, Taylor CE, Tashjian RZ, Chalmers PN, Henninger HB, Bachus KN (2019). Initial stability of a percutaneous osseointegrated endoprosthesis with proximal interlocking screws for transhumeral amputees. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 72, 108-114.
  3. Suter T, Krhenbhl N, Howell CK, Zhang Y, Henninger HB (2019). Viewing perspective malrotation influences angular measurements on lateral radiographs of the scapula. (Epub ahead of print) J Shoulder Elbow Surg.
  4. Henninger HB, Christensen GV, Taylor CE, Kawakami J, Hillyard BS, Tashjian RZ, Chalmers PN (2019). The Muscle Cross-sectional Area on MRI of the Shoulder Can Predict Muscle Volume: An MRI Study in Cadavers. (Epub ahead of print) Clin Orthop Relat Res.
  5. Krhenbhl N, Burssens A, Davidson NP, Allen CM, Henninger HB, Saltzman CL, Barg A (2019). Can Weightbearing Computed Tomography Scans Be Used to Diagnose Subtalar Joint Instability? A Cadaver Study. J Orthop Res, 37(11), 2457-2465.
  6. Henninger HB, Ellis BJ, Scott SA, Weiss JA (2019). Contributions of elastic fibers, collagen, and extracellular matrix to the multiaxial mechanics of ligament. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater, 99, 118-126.
  7. Drew AJ, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB, Bachus KN (2019). Sex and Laterality Differences in Medullary Humerus Morphology. Anat Rec (Hoboken), 302(10), 1709-1717.
  8. Chalmers PN, Beck L, Miller M, Stertz I, Henninger HB, Tashjian RZ (2019). Glenoid Retroversion Associates With Asymmetric Rotator Cuff Muscle Atrophy in Those With Walch B-type Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis. (Epub ahead of print) J Am Acad Orthop Surg.
  9. Kahn TL, Granger EK, Henninger HB, Tashjian RZ, Chalmers PN (2019). Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty and resting radiographic scapular rotation. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 28(8), e265-e270.
  10. Jacxsens M, Elhabian SY, Brady SE, Chalmers PN, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2019). Coracoacromial morphology: a contributor to recurrent traumatic anterior glenohumeral instability? J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 28(7), 1316-1325.e1.
  11. Chalmers PN, Suter T, Jacxsens M, Zhang Y, Zhang C, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2019). Influence of radiographic viewing perspective on glenoid inclination measurement. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty, 3(1), 1-8.
  12. Aliaj K, Henninger HB, Ttreault-Paquin JE, Getelman MH, Donahue JP (2019). Biomechanics of an interlinked suture anchor rotator cuff repair in a human cadaveric model. JSES Open Access, 3(2), 70-76.
  13. Sulkar HJ, Tashjian RZ, Chalmers PN, Henninger HB (2019). Mechanical testing of scapular neck fracture fixation using a synthetic bone model. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 61, 64-69.
  14. Chalmers PN, Beck L, Stertz I, Aleem A, Keener JD, Henninger HB, Tashjian RZ (2018). Do magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography provide equivalent measures of rotator cuff muscle size in glenohumeral osteoarthritis? J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 27(10), 1877-1883.
  15. Chalmers PN, Beck L, Granger E, Henninger H, Tashjian RZ (2018). Superior glenoid inclination and rotator cuff tears. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 27(8), 1444-1450.
  16. Tashjian RZ, Martin BI, Ricketts CA, Henninger HB, Granger EK, Chalmers PN (2018). Superior Baseplate Inclination Is Associated With Instability After Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 476(8), 1622-1629.
  17. Jacxsens M, Karns MR, Henninger HB, Drew AJ, Van Tongel A, De Wilde L (2018). Guidelines for humeral subluxation cutoff values: a comparative study between conventional, reoriented, and three-dimensional computed tomography scans of healthy shoulders. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 27(1), 36-43.
  18. Tashjian RZ, Hoy RW, Helgerson JR, Guss AD, Henninger HB, Burks RT (2018). Biomechanical Comparison of Transosseous Knotless Rotator Cuff Repair Versus Transosseous Equivalent Repair: Half The Anchors With Equivalent Biomechanics? Arthroscopy, 34(1), 58-63.
  19. Karns MR, Jacxsens M, Uffmann WJ, Todd DC, Henninger HB, Burks RT (2018). The critical acromial point: the anatomic location of the lateral acromion in the critical shoulder angle. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 27(1), 151-159.
  20. Meisel AF, Henninger HB, Barber FA, Getelman MH (2017). Biomechanical Comparison of Standard and Linked Single-Row Rotator Cuff Repairs in a Human Cadaver Model. Arthroscopy, 33(5), 938-944.
  21. Jacxsens M, Van Tongel A, Henninger HB, Tashjian RZ, De Wilde L (2017). The three-dimensional glenohumeral subluxation index in primary osteoarthritis of the shoulder. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 26(5), 878-887.
  22. Suter T, Kolz CW, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB, Gerber Popp A (2017). Humeral head osteotomy in shoulder arthroplasty: a comparison between anterosuperior and inferoanterior resection techniques. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 26(2), 343-351.
  23. Drew AJ, Izykowski MT, Bachus KN, Henninger HB, Foreman KB (2017). Transhumeral loading during advanced upper extremity activities of daily living. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0189418.
  24. Suter T, Henninger HB, Zhang Y, Wylie JD, Tashjian RZ (2016). Comparison of measurements of the glenopolar angle in 3D CT reconstructions of the scapula and 2D plain radiographic views. Bone Joint J, 98-B(11), 1510-1516.
  25. Tashjian RZ, Kolz CW, Suter T, Henninger HB (2016). Biomechanics of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Mesh-Augmented Single-Row Rotator Cuff Repairs. Am J Orthop, 45(7), E527-E533.
  26. Jacxsens M, Van Tongel A, Henninger HB, De Coninck B, Mueller AM, De Wilde L (2016). A three-dimensional comparative study on the scapulohumeral relationship in normal and osteoarthritic shoulders. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 25(10), 1607-15.
  27. Montanez A, Makarewich CA, Burks RT, Henninger HB (2016). The Medial Stitch in Transosseous-Equivalent Rotator Cuff Repair: Vertical or Horizontal Mattress? Am J Sports Med, 44(9), 2225-30.
  28. Sampatacos N, Gillette BP, Snyder SJ, Henninger HB (2016). Biomechanics of a novel technique for suprapectoral intraosseous biceps tenodesis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 25(1), 149-57.
  29. Kolz CW, Suter T, Henninger HB (2015). Regional mechanical properties of the long head of the biceps tendon. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 30(9), 940-5.
  30. Barg A, Amendola RL, Henninger HB, Kapron AL, Saltzman CL, Anderson AE (2015). Influence of Ankle Position and Radiographic Projection Angle on Measurement of Supramalleolar Alignment on the Anteroposterior and Hindfoot Alignment Views. Foot Ankle Int, 36(11), 1352-61.
  31. Henninger HB, Valdez WR, Scott SA, Weiss JA (2015). Elastin governs the mechanical response of medial collateral ligament under shear and transverse tensile loading. Acta Biomater, 25, 304-12.
  32. Suter T, Gerber Popp A, Zhang Y, Zhang C, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2015). The influence of radiographic viewing perspective and demographics on the critical shoulder angle. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 24(6), e149-58.
  33. Tashjian RZ, Burks RT, Zhang Y, Henninger HB (2015). Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical evaluation of humeral and glenosphere hardware configuration. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 24(3), e68-77.
  34. Kullar RS, Reagan JM, Kolz CW, Burks RT, Henninger HB (2015). Suture placement near the musculotendinous junction in the supraspinatus: implications for rotator cuff repair. Am J Sports Med, 43(1), 57-62.
  35. Sampatacos N, Getelman MH, Henninger HB (2014). Biomechanical comparison of two techniques for arthroscopic suprapectoral biceps tenodesis: interference screw versus implant-free intraosseous tendon fixation. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 23(11), 1731-9.
  36. Jackson JB 3rd, Philippi MT, Kolz CW, Suter T, Henninger HB (2014). Characterization of plantaris tendon constructs for ankle ligament reconstruction. Foot Ankle Int, 35(9), 922-8.
  37. Henninger HB, King FK, Tashjian RZ, Burks RT (2014). Biomechanical comparison of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty systems in soft tissue-constrained shoulders. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 23(5), e108-17.
  38. Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2013). Biomechanical evaluation of subpectoral biceps tenodesis: dual suture anchor versus interference screw fixation. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 22(10), 1408-12.
  39. Barg A, Barg K, Schneider SW, Pagenstert G, Gloyer M, Henninger HB, Valderrabano V (2013). Thrombembolic complications after total ankle replacement. (Epub ahead of print) Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
  40. Henninger HB, Underwood CJ, Romney SJ, Davis GL, Weiss JA (2013). Effect of elastin digestion on the quasi-static tensile response of medial collateral ligament. J Orthop Res, 31(8), 1226-33.
  41. Scheffel PT, Henninger HB, Burks RT (2013). Relationship of the intercondylar roof and the tibial footprint of the ACL: implications for ACL reconstruction. Am J Sports Med, 41(2), 396-401.
  42. Gililland JM, Anderson LA, Henninger HB, Kubiak EN, Peters CL (2013). Biomechanical analysis of acetabular revision constructs: is pelvic discontinuity best treated with bicolumnar or traditional unicolumnar fixation? J Arthroplasty, 28(1), 178-86.
  43. Henninger HB, Barg A, Anderson AE, Bachus KN, Burks RT, Tashjian RZ (2012). Effect of lateral offset center of rotation in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 21(9), 1128-35.
  44. Barg A, Harris MD, Henninger HB, Amendola RL, Saltzman CL, Hintermann B, Anderson AE (2012). Medial distal tibial angle: comparison between weightbearing mortise view and hindfoot alignment view. Foot Ankle Int, 33(8), 655-61.
  45. Henninger HB, Barg A, Anderson AE, Bachus KN, Tashjian RZ, Burks RT (2012). Effect of deltoid tension and humeral version in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 21(4), 483-90.
  46. Henninger HB, Underwood CJ, Ateshian GA, Weiss JA (2010). Effect of sulfated glycosaminoglycan digestion on the transverse permeability of medial collateral ligament. J Biomech, 43(13), 2567-73.
  47. Henninger HB, Reese SP, Anderson AE, Weiss JA (2010). Validation of computational models in biomechanics. Proc Inst Mech Eng [H], 224(7), 801-12.
  48. Rainis EJ, Maas SA, Henninger HB, McMahon PJ, Weiss JA, Debski RE (2009). Material properties of the axillary pouch of the glenohumeral capsule: is isotropic material symmetry appropriate? J Biomech Eng, 131(3), 031007.
  49. Henninger HB, Maas SA, Shepherd JH, Joshi S, Weiss JA (2009). Transversely isotropic distribution of sulfated glycosaminoglycans in human medial collateral ligament: a quantitative analysis. J Struct Biol, 165(3), 176-83.
  50. Lujan TJ, Underwood CJ, Henninger HB, Thompson BM, Weiss JA (2007). Effect of dermatan sulfate glycosaminoglycans on the quasi-static material properties of the human medial collateral ligament. J Orthop Res, 25(7), 894-903.
  51. Henninger HB, Maas SA, Underwood CJ, Whitaker RT, Weiss JA (2007). Spatial distribution and orientation of dermatan sulfate in human medial collateral ligament. J Struct Biol, 158(1), 33-45.

Book Chapter

  1. Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2016). Analysis of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Biomechanics Using a Dynamic Shoulder Simulator. In Mark Frankle, Scott Marberry, Derek Pupello (Eds.), Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: Biomechanics, Clinical Techniques, and Current Technologies (1, pp. 105-13). Springer International Publishing.


  1. Drew AJ, Bachus KN, Kubiak EN, Tashjian RZ, Henninger HB (2019). Osseointegrated implant assembly having transverse through-openings, and systems and methods of using same. U.S. Patent No. 62/503,542. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.