Susannah is a design engineer specialising in medical devices. She has degrees in both engineering (University of Cambridge) and industrial design (Royal College of Art) and has won numerous awards for her design concepts. She spent a year researching inclusive design in the Engineering Design Centre (University of Cambridge) before completing a PhD in computational analysis of total joint replacement (Imperial College London) under the supervision of Dr Andrew Phillips. She has commercial experience in the orthopaedic and architectural industries and has also worked as a freelance design consultant.
Susannah's current research concerns patient-matched surgical guidance for orthopaedic surgeries. Together with Prof. Justin Cobb, and with funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, she established Embody, an orthopaedic company specialising in custom planning and instrumentation in July 2012 based at the MSK Lab at Charing Cross Hospital. She is particularly interested in complex cases where 3D pre-operative modelling and intra-operative guidance can assist in planning and undertaking surgery. Further details can be found on the patient matched surgery webpage.
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et al., 2023, Hip resurfacing arthroplasty in women: A novel ceramic device enables near normal gait function, Gait and Posture, Vol:103, ISSN:0966-6362, Pages:166-171
et al., 2023, Low dose CT-based spatial analysis (CTSA) to measure implant migration after ceramic hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA): a phantom study, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Vol:237, ISSN:0954-4119, Pages:359-367
et al., 2019, A novel patient-specific instrument design can deliver robotic level accuracy in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, The Knee, Vol:26, ISSN:0968-0160, Pages:1421-1428
et al., 2019, A single-use, size-specific, nylon arthroplasty guide: a preliminary study, Hip International, ISSN:1120-7000