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Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence


The Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence (E-CORE) strives to increase the understanding of causes of joint abnormalities and associated pain, which often reduce an individual's quality of life. These research efforts lead to new and effective surgical procedures to restore a patient's normal life style.

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Main Campus
Nitschke Hall

Kimberley McIntosh
2801 W. Bancroft
MS 303, Room 5045
Toledo, OH  43606
Phone:  (419) 530-8297 
Fax:  (419) 530-8076



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State-of-the-art research labs at the cellular level, bench and cadaver tests, analytical modeling, and clinical and patient follow up are available to conduct the highest quality multi-disciplinary basic scientific and applied research.



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Well equipped facility with professional dedicated staff focused on development and evaluation of novel medical devices from concept to final product to bridge the gap between scientific discoveries and commercialization. Learn more about spin-off companies.

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The Center fulfills its educational mission of training the clinicians, students and other personnel in allied health fields through various departments on the campus, including Orthopedics and Bioengineering.


Provides a state-of-the-art research facility in order to guide medical device companies in the areas of product development and evaluation, regulatory and pre-clinical test strategies for FDA and CE submissions.




Vijay K. Goel, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor
Endowed Chair & McMaster-Gardner Professor of Orthopaedic Bioengineering
Co-Director, Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence (E-CORE)
Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery
Colleges of Engineering and Medicine
University of Toledo


Nabil Ebraheim, M.D.

Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma
Residency Program Director
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
College of Medicine
The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC)


United states patent issued

The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded a patent for: SIMPLIFIED SPINE TESTING DEVICE. The applicants for this device are: ATS Holdings LLC, The University of Toledo, and The University of Kansas. The Inventors listed on patent are: Norman L. Carroll, Edward C. Cartwright, Robert J. Gephardt,Christopher L. Dixon, Vijay K. Goel and Elizabeth A. Friis . This patent will issue on June 28, 2016.

NSF I/UCRC cdmi biannual meeting

The CDMI held its biannual meeting on April 5-6, 2017, in Toledo, Ohio during which current project teams presented updates to the Industry Advisory Board. For more information on the CDMI visit www.nsfcdmi.org.

2016 ASB Fellowship  

Dr. Vijay Goel elected to fellow status in ASB. The ASB  recognized Dr. Goel along with other inductees at the 40th anniversary meeting held in Raleigh NC in August 2016.

2014 ASB Journal of Biomechanics Award

Our submission to the 2014 World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) was selected as the recipient of 2014 ASB Journal of Biomechanics Award. This award recognizes substantive and conceptually novel mechanics approaches explaining how biological systems function. This award is presented by the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) during the WCB meeting held July 6th-11th in Boston, MA.


Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Goel for winning the 2014 Borelli Award! The Borelli Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ASB (American Society of Biomechanics). It recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics. Dr. Goel received his award at The ASB 38th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, July 6-11, 2014.


Last Updated: 2/20/18