prof.dr.ir. N.J.J. Verdonschot (Nico)

Professor Implant Biomechanics

About Me

In 1988 I did my master thesis in Nijmegen at the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory(ORL). After my graduation mid- 1989 I stayed at the ORL as Junior Researcher and performed various kinds of projects focusing on testing of orthopaedic implants. Most projects were funded by the Orthopaedic Industry which gradually led to an extensive network of R&D departments of small to large international orthopaedic companies. The publications of these projects resulted in my Ph.D. degree in 1995. Subsequently I was promoted to Assistant Professor and was appointed to be Director of Pre-clinical testing of joint implants. In 2003 I was further promoted to Associate Professor. Since February 2014 I am a full Professor at the Radboudumc Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS), my theme is 'Reconstructive and regenerative medicine'.

My research interests are focused on orthopaedic-biomechanical problems of the lower extremity. Our group utilizes computer modelling techniques in combination with cadaveric testing, animal research and clinical studies in order to optimize diagnostic and evaluation tools for orthopaedic patients. We work with researchers and orthopaedic companies to optimize the functionality and longevity of orthopaedic implants such as knee and hip prostheses. Furthermore, we focus on the calculation of bone strength for patients that have osteoporosis or metastatic lesions.

Since October 2007 I have a part-time appointment (1 day per week) as Professor in Implant Biomechanics at the University of Twente (dept. Biomechanical Engineering headed by Prof. Bart Koopman), where I am setting up a research line related to biomechanics of the Musculo-Skeletal system, see TLEMsafe (www.tlemsafe.eu/).

In December 2012 I was awarded a 'European Research Council - Advanced Grant' for follow up research. In Nijmegen we are currently expanding our modelling efforts to generate patient specific models and feed these models with innovative dynamic imaging techniques (see www.erc-biomechtools.eu).

In 2016 I was appointed as a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

In 2018 I received an Honorary Doctorate of Aalborg University (Denmark)

Fields of interest

  • implants, biomechanics,
  • finite element models,
  • musculoskeletal modelling


Engineering & Materials Science
Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomechanical Phenomena
Bone And Bones
Knee Replacement Arthroplasties

Ancillary Activities

  • Invibio and Exactech


Hoogeslag, R. A. G. (2022). Anterior cruciate ligament repair: The quest continues. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554572
Tzanetis, P., de Souza, K., Robertson, S. , Fluit, R. , Koopman, H. F. J. M. , & Verdonschot, N. J. J. (2022). Should robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty reconstruct premorbid stage? The effects of osteophytes on knee functionality. Abstract from 27th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, ESB 2022, Porto, Portugal.
Van Keulen, L. Z., Hoogeslag, R. A. G., Brouwer, R. W., Huis In ’t Veld, R. , & Verdonschot, N. (2022). The importance of continuous remnant preservation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy, 30, 1818-1827. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00167-021-06746-x
Tzanetis, P., de Souza, K., Robertson, S. , Fluit, R. , Koopman, H. F. J. M. , & Verdonschot, N. J. J. (Accepted/In press). Personalized musculoskeletal modeling of premorbid knees towards an optimally planned total knee arthroplasty. Abstract from 9th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference 2023, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.
ten Heggeler, R. , Schröder, F. F., de Graaff, F. , Fluit, R., Becea, D. , Verdonschot, N. J. J., & Hoogeslag, R. A. G. (2021). The accuracy of a patient specific guide mediated high tibial osteotomy for posterior slope and metaphyseal varus correction: a case study. In The 29th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS), Rome, Italy, 15–17 September 2021 (Orthopaedic proceedings; Vol. 103-B, No. Suppl 13). https://online.boneandjoint.org.uk/doi/abs/10.1302/1358-992X.2021.13.053
van Sambeeck, J. D. P. , Verdonschot, N., van Kampen, A., & van de Groes, S. A. W. (2021). Age at surgery is correlated with pain scores following trochlear osteotomy in lateral patellar instability: a cross-sectional study of 113 cases. Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, 16(1), [337]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13018-021-02485-4
Sánchez, E., Schilling, C., Grupp, T. M., Giurea, A., Wyers, C., van den Bergh, J. , Verdonschot, N., & Janssen, D. (2021). The effect of different interference fits on the primary fixation of a cementless femoral component during experimental testing. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 113, [104189]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104189
Anijs, T., Eemers, S., Minoda, Y., Wolfson, D. , Verdonschot, N., & Janssen, D. (2021). Computational tibial bone remodeling over a population after total knee arthroplasty: A comparative study. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B: Applied Biomaterials. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.b.34957

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Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W101
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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