Brian D. Stemper, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery


Brian D. Stemper, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also a Research Biomedical Engineer at the Zablocki VA Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. He graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in May 2004. His areas of research include biomechanics of the head, neck, and spine with emphasis on the investigation of traumatic brain injury and spinal biomechanics using experimental, imaging, and computer modeling techniques.

Dr. Stemper has given over 70 invited lectures and briefings and published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and in advisory roles for the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS), Inc., and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, the National Neurotrauma Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and ASME.

He received the Best Paper by a Young Investigator Award at the 2004 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact (IRCOBI) Conference in Graz, Austria. He has also been active at national and international scientific conferences, serving as Program Chair for the 2009 RMBS Meeting in Milwaukee, WI, Program Committee Co-Chair (2006-08) for the Rachdian Society Annual Meeting in Kona, HI, and Track Coordinator for the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich, Germany.

He has also mentored numerous PhD and Master’s level engineering students from Marquette University and International Institutions, residents and fellows from the Department of Neurosurgery, MCW, and undergraduate engineering students from local Institutions.

Education & Training

  • BS – Biomedical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI (1998)
  • PhD – Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2004)

Awards & Honors

  • 1998 – 2000 – Teaching Assistant, College of Engineering, Marquette University
  • 2000 – Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society
  • 2000 – Best in Session Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2004 – Best Paper by a Young Researcher, International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact
  • 2006 – 2008 – Listed, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2006 – Best MS Student Paper Award (3rd Place, D. Board), Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2007 – 2010 – Listed, Who’s Who in America
  • 2008 – Listed, Who’s Who in the World
  • 2008 – Best Paper, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Resident Graduation Research Conference (S. Malik)
  • 2009 – Best Student Paper, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (S. Storvik)
  • 2010 – NASS Best Poster Presentation, North American Spine Society 25th Annual Meeting (J. Baisden)

Primary Research Areas

  • Biomechanics of the head, neck, and spine with emphasis on the investigation of trauma using experimental, imaging, and computer modeling techniques.


Mailing Address

Zablocki VA Medical Center
Neuroscience Research Labs – Research 151
5000 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295

Phone: (414) 384-2000 ext. 41525