Daniel Massimini

Shoulder Research Group
Boston Shoulder Institute
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Tel: 617-643-7279

Research Statement

Daniel joined the Bioengineering Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the fall of 2005 after receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He completed his master's degree in the fall of 2008 and has recently defended his PhD in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The focus of Daniel's research at the Shoulder Research Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital is to quantify the in-vivo coupled scapulothoracic kinematics of the shoulder joint. The results from his research could help identify factors that cause the onset of osteoarthritis in the shoulder joint after traumatic insult.


PhD  Defended Oct 2013  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA 
SM  2009  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA 
BS  2005  University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Massimini DF, Singh A, Wells JH, Li G, Warner JJ. Suprascapular nerve anatomy during shoulder motion: a cadaveric proof of concept study with implications for neurogenic shoulder pain. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012. Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22819576
  2. Massimini DF, Boyer PJ, Papannagari R, Gill TJ, Warner JP, Li G. In-vivo glenohumeral translation and ligament elongation during abduction and abduction with internal and external rotation. J Orthop Surg Res. 2012 Jun 28;7:29. PMID: 22741601
  3. Massimini DF, Warner JJ, Li G. Non-invasive determination of coupled motion of the scapula and humerus-An in-vitro validation. J Biomech. 2011 Feb 3;44(3):408-12. Epub 2010 Nov 4. Erratum in: J Biomech. 2011 Apr 29;44(7):1428.  PMID: 21055753
  4. Massimini DF, Li G, Warner JP. Glenohumeral contact kinematics in patients after total shoulder arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Apr;92(4):916-26.  PMID: 20360516

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