Michael Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D.

“Biofabrication of Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine Products”

Dr. Michael J. Yaszemski is the John and Posy Krehbiel Endowed Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic and director of its Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and served in the office of the Air Force Surgeon General and the office of the President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences prior to retiring in 2013. He served as president of the Mayo Clinic medical staff from 2013-2014, and had served for 10 years as the Chair of the Spine Surgery Division at Mayo prior to entering the presidential line. He received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1977 and 1978, an M.D. from Georgetown University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He organized and then served as the first Chair of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering study section at NIH, and served as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering from 2010-2014. He began a 4 year term as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases at NIH in 2017. He served as Chair of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiologic Health Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the FDA Science Board. He completed a six year term on the Lehigh University Board of Trustees in 2017. His clinical practice encompasses spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology. His research interests are in the synthesis and characterization of novel degradable polymers for use in bone regeneration, cartilage regeneration, nervous tissue regeneration, and controlled delivery of chemotherapeutic agents to musculoskeletal tumors.