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Mobility is Life:

Meet the people behind a Dream in Motion

Board of Directors

Advisory Cabinet

W. Andrew Hodge, M.D.
Founder and Chairman
Dr. Hodge is a world renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon, specializing in arthritis surgery and bioengineering research. He holds several US patents on orthopaedic implants and devices, and has published well over a 100 articles in the most prominent medical journals. His work has been recognized on CNN News, the Discovery Channel, Science Magazine as well as many local, national and international televised news channels. In Boston he completed special fellowship training at both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During ten years of performing surgery, research, and teaching in the Harvard/MIT system at Mass General Hospital, he designed and directed the BioMotion Laboratory for studying human motion and rehabilitation. Dr. Hodge founded the BioMotion Foundation in 1987 as a non-profit organization to support orthopaedic and related research and education.

In 1992, Dr. Hodge was recruited by Good Samaritan Medical Center and brought BioMotion to Florida. This clinical and research operation combined with world-class orthopaedic surgeons make it the most sophisticated and comprehensive orthopaedic center of its kind in Florida. The BioMotion Research Laboratory focuses on analyzing human performance, injury prevention and designing and testing joint replacement implants. Dr. Hodge lectures internationally while maintaining affiliation and academic appointments at MIT.

In 2001, Dr. Hodge designed and patented the 3D (Data Driven Design) Knee, a revolutionary concept in knee replacement, which he first implanted in Palm Beach County and has now become the fastest growing design in the country. It is manufactured by the Encore Medical Corporation of Austin, Texas.

Dr. Hodge is more than a skilled surgeon, more than an innovative researcher. Dr. Hodge is a visionary. His vision: Build stronger bodies and better lives for people of all ages through research and technology. His vision: The BioMotion Institute for Longevity and Mobility, a world-class facility dedicated to the welfare of the citizens in Palm Beach County.

Scott A. Banks, Ph.D.
Technical Director
Dr. Banks
received B.S. and M.S. degrees in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He received the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his doctoral work, Dr. Banks developed a shape-matching technique to measure three-dimensional motions of knee replacements from their two-dimensional x-ray video sequences. Applications of this technique, and further developments thereon, have been the focus of Dr. Banks' work since 1992. As Technical Director of The BioMotion Foundation, he also directs investigations in sports biomechanics and injury prevention, orthopaedic implant retrieval analysis, computer assisted surgery, and clinical gait analysis. Dr. Banks enjoys research collaborations throughout the world and he relishes the challenge of improving clinical outcomes in diverse cultures through the application of technology and engineering principles. Florida Tend Magazine recently featured Dr. Banks in its Trendsetters section.

Melinda Harman, M.Sc.
Director of Research
Melinda Harman is a biomedical engineer with The BioMotion Foundation in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she is the program coordinator of the Implant Retrieval Program. Her area of specialization is the assessment of explanted materials and medical devices used to treat arthritis and cardiovascular diseases. She has co-authored 16 original scientific journal manuscripts, including two book chapters. Ms. Harman has worked for The BioMotion Foundation since 1994. She has 14 years of experience in orthopaedics, including a one year fellowship at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Ball State University, and a Master of Science degree in bioengineering from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Melinda is currently completing her PhD in bioengineering at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Kim Mitchell, B.Sc., B.A.
Director Motion Analysis Laboratory
Kim Mitchell
is the Director of The BioMotion Foundation's Motion Analysis Laboratory. With degrees in mathematics and exercise physiology, her research focuses on sports biomechanics and analyzing function in patients with total joint replacements. Ms. Mitchell also directs the Pediatric Gait Program, coordinating state-of-the-art technology with the expertise of pediatric physical therapists and orthopaedists. Ms. Mitchell serves on the Advisory Board of Barry University's Graduate Program in Biomechanics and enjoys working with local university students utilizing the Motion Analysis Laboratory to complete their research goals.

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