William Marras

William  Marras

William Marras

Honda Professor and Director, Spine Research Institute



1971 Neil Ave.
Columbus OH

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  • PhD, Wayne State University, Bioengineering and Ergonomics, 1982
  • MS, Wayne State University, Industrial Engineering—Human Factors Engineering, 1978
  • BS, Wright State University, Systems Engineering—Human Factors Engineering, 1976

William S. Marras holds the Honda Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University and serves as the Director of the Spine Research Institute at the Ohio State University. Dr. Marras holds joint academic appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. His research is centered on understanding multidimensional causal pathways for spine disorders through quantitative epidemiologic evaluations, laboratory biomechanical studies, personalized mathematical modeling, and clinical studies of the lumbar and cervical spine. His findings have been published in over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, hundereds of refereed proceedings, and numerous books and book chapters including a book entitled “The Working Back: A Systems View.” He holds Fellow status in six professional societies including the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been widely recognized for his contributions through numerous national and international awards including two Volvo Awards for Low Back Pain Research and an honorary Sc.D. degree. Professor Marras has been active in the National Research Council (NRC) having served on over a dozen boards and committees and has served as Chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration for multiple terms. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Human Factors and is currently Deputy Editor of Spine and is the immediate past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (the world’s largest such society). Dr. Marras is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine), recorded a TEDx talk entitled “Back Pain and your Brain” and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.  

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