World-renowned spine expert to join MSU faculty

Contact: Pat Grauer, (517) 353-0616; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Apr 12, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Malcolm H. Pope, a bioengineer who is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the spine, has been appointed to the Walter F. Patenge Endowed Chair in Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.

Pope's appointment, which includes faculty appointments in the departments of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Radiology, was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees today. The appointment is effective July 1.

In addition to his academic duties, Pope also will lead a new neuromusculoskeletal research center within the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A bioengineer with expertise in ergonomics and spinal biomechanics, Pope is currently the director of the Liberty Worksafe Centre and a professor of health and safety at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Previously, he served as endowed professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery, professor of mechanical engineering and of preventive medicine, director of the Iowa Spine Research Center and chairperson of the biomedical engineering department at the University of Iowa.

Pope has written more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and more than 100 book chapters, and has multiple U.S. patents. He has served as president of the International Society of Study of the Lumbar Spine and the American Society of Biomechanics.

Pope is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Donald Julius Groen Prize for Achievement in Biomedical Engineering, the Lissner Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the European Spine Society Award and the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal from the Ergonomics Society. He is an honorary consultant to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He holds three doctorates: Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Vermont, Dr. Med. Sc. from Gothenburg University in Goteborg, Sweden, and D.Sc. from the University of Aberdeen.