Dr. Lisa A. Ferrara
Orthokinetic Technologies and Orthokinetic Testing Technologies, USA



2000-2007 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland State University, USA

1994-1996 M.S., Engineering and Neuroscience, Syracuse University, USA

Publications (Selected)

  1. Ferrara LA, Gordon I, Fleischman A, Schlenk R, Bauer T, Togawa D, Roy S, Benzel EC, In Vivo Assessment of Bone Graft/Endplate Contact Pressure in a Caprine Interbody Pseudarthrosis Model: A Preliminary Biomechanical Characterization of the Fusion Process for the development of a MEMS Biosensor, SAS Journal, Winter 2008, Vol. 2, Issue 1.
  2. Kilinçer C, Inceo•lu S, Sohn MJ, Ferrara LA, Bakirci N, Benzel EC., Load sharing within a human thoracic vertebral body: an in vitro biomechanical study. Turk Neurosurg. 2007 Jul;17(3):167-77.
  3. Kilinçer C, Inceoglu S, Sohn MJ, Ferrara LA, Benzel EC., Effects of angle and laminectomy on triangulated pedicle screws. J Clin Neurosci. 2007 Dec;14(12):1186-91. Epub 2007 Aug 24.
  4. L.A. Ferrara, V. Goel, Review on Biomedical Engineering, JAMA. 2007;297:1603-1604.
  5. L.A. Ferrara, I. Gordon, M. Coquillette, R. Milks, A.J. Fleischman, S, Roy, V.K. Goel, E.C. Benzel, A preliminary biomechanical evaluation in a simulated spinal fusion model. Laboratory investigation, Journal of Neurosurgery Spine., November, Vol. 7 (5), Issue 5, 2007, pp:542-548.
  6. M.J. Sohn, M.M. Kayanja, Kilincer C., L.A. Ferrara, E.C. Benzel. Biomechanical evaluation of the ventral and lateral surface shear strain distributions in central compared with dorsolateral placement of cages for lumbar interbody fusion, J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Mar;4(3):219-24.
  7. L.B.Babat, R.McLain, R.Milks, L.Ferrara, M.J.Sohn. The effects of the antiresorptive agents calcitonin and pamidronate on spine fusion in a rabbit model. Spine J. 2005 Sep-Oct: 5(5):542-7.
  8. R.A.DalCanto, I. Lieberman, S.Inceoglu, M.Kayanja, L.Ferrara. Biomechanical comparison of transarticular facet screws to lateral mass plates in two-level instrumentations of the cervical spine. Spine. 2005 Apr 15;30(8):897-2.
  9. L.A.Ferrara, M.J. Sohn, D.D. Lee, E. Song, J.J. Triano. A biomechanical assessment of disc pressures in the lumbosacral spine in response to external unloading forces. Spine J. September-October, Vol. 5, No. 5, 2005 pp:548-553.
  10. L.A.Ferrara, A.J. Fleischman, J.L. Dunning, C.A. Zorman, S. Roy, Effects of Steam and Gamma Sterilization on MEMS Pressure Sensors, Biomedical Microdevices, 2007.
  11. Kilincer C, Inceoglu S, Zileli M, Ferrara L: Biomechanical analysis of a Turkish-made posterior spinal instrumentation system. Part II. Evaluation of the stability and strength provided by the transpedicular screw fixation device. Turkish Neurosurgery 15(2): 64-70, 2005.
  12. M. Kayanja, R. Schlenk, D. Togawa, L.A.Ferrara, I.H.Lieberman, The Biomechanics of One, Two, and Three Levels of Augmentation with Polymethylmethacrylate in Multilevel Spinal Segments, Spine 2006 Apr 1;31(7):769-74.
  13. S. Inceoglu, R. F. McLain, S. Cayli, C. Kilincer, L.A. Ferrara. Stress Relaxation of Bone Significantly Affects the Pull-out Behavior of Pedicle Screws. Journal of Orthopedics, 22, 2004, 1243-1247.
  14. S. Inceoglu, L.A. Ferrara, R.F.McLain, Pedicle Screw Fixation Strength: Pullout versus Insertional Torque. Spine J. 2004, Sep-Oct; 4(5):13-18.
  15. E.C. Benzel, L.A. Ferrara, S. Roy, A. Fleischman, Micromachines in spine surgery, Spine. 2004 Mar 11;29(6):601-6.
  16. L.A. Ferrara, A.J. Fleischman, D. Tokogawa, T. Bauer, E.C. Benzel, and S. Roy, In vivo biocompatibility assessment of MEMS materials for spinal fusion monitoring, Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 5, 2003, p 297-302
  17. M. Kayanja, L.A. Ferrara, I. Lieberman, Distribution of Anterior Cortical Shear Strain after a Thoracic Wedge Compression Fracture, Spine. 2004 Jan-Feb;4(1):76-87.
  18. B.H. Jin, L.A. Ferrara, J. Secor, S. Inceoglu, T.Ryken, E.C. Benzel, Cortical Margining Capabilities of Fins Associated with Ventral Cervical Spine Instrumentation. (Submitted for publication, J. of Neurosurgery).
  19. L.A. Ferrara, J.L. Secor, B.H. Jin, A. Wakefield, S. Inceoglu, E.C. Benzel, A Biomechanical Comparison of Facet Screw Fixation: Effects of Short-Term and Long Term Repetitive Cycling, Spine, Vol. 28 (12), 1226-1234 June 2003.
  20. L. A. Ferrara, A.J. Fleischman, E.C. Benzel, S. Roy, Silicon Dermabrasion Tools For Skin Resurfacing Applications, Medical Engineering & Physics Vol.25 (6), 483-490, July 2003.
  21. E.C. Benzel, L.A. Ferrara, S. Roy, A.J. Fleischman, Biomaterials and Implantable Devices: Discoveries in the Spine Surgery Arena, Clinical Neurosurgery Vol. 49, 209-225, 2002.
  22. K. Bak, L.A.Ferrara, E.C.Benzel, K.J. Kim, The effect of repetitive insertion and pullout of spinal screws on pullout resistance: A biomechanical study, January 2002 (submitted for publication, J. Neurosurgery).
  23. S. Roy, L.A. Ferrara, A.J. Fleischman, E.C. Benzel, Microelectromechanical Systems and Neurosurgery: A New Era in a New Millennium, Neurosurgery, Vol. 49 (4), 779-798 October, 2001.
  24. R.F. McLain, L.A. Ferrara, M. Kabins, Pedicle Morphometry in the Upper Thoracic Spine: Limits to Safe Screw Placement in Older Patients, Spine. 2002 Nov 15;27(22):2467-71.
  25. V. Vamvanij, L.A. Ferrara, Y. Hai, J. Zhao, R. Kolata, H.A. Yuan, Quantitative changes in spinal canal dimensions using interbody distraction for spondylolisthesis, Spine, Vol. 26, (3): 13-18 February, 2001.
  26. B.T.Oktenoglu, L.A.Ferrara, N.Andalakar, A.F.Ozer, A.C.Sarioglu, E.C.Benzel, The effect of hole preparation on screw pullout resistance and insertion torque: a biomechanical study, J. Neurosurgery, Vol. 94 (1 Suppl):91-96, January 2001.
  27. B.T. Oktenoglu, A. F. Ozer. L.A. Ferrara, N. Andalkar, A.C. Sarioglu, E.C. Benzel, Effects of Cervical Spine Posture on Axial Bearing Ability: A biomechanical study. J. Neurosurgery, Vol. 94: (1 Suppl):108-114, January 2001.
  28. W.T. Edwards, Y. Zheng, L.A. Ferrara, H.A. Yuan, Structural features and thickness of the vertebral cortex in the thoracolumbar spine. Spine Vol 26, (2), 218-225, January 2001.
  29. E.C. Benzel, L.A. Ferrara, Cervical interbody fusion. J. Neurosurgery Vol. 94 (1Suppl) 180, January 2001.
  30. E.C. Benzel, J.J. Lastra, I. Kalfas, K.H. Bak, L.A. Ferrara, The biomechanics of interbody fusion and the shortcomings of lumbar fusion with cages and interbody bone dowels, Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol. 47 557-588, 2000.
  31. L.A.Fay, H.D. Tran, Combined hardening and brazing for a dimensionally stable assembly, American Society for Precision Engineering Transactions, March, 1999.
  32. L.A. Ferrara, M. Shahinpoor, K.J. Kim, H.B. Schreyer, A. Keshavarzi, E.C. Benzel, J. Lantz, Use of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) as a pressure transducer in the human spine, The proceedings of the International Society for Optical Engineering: smart structures and materials, February 1999.