William S. Marras, PhD
Dr. William S. Marras is the Distinguished University Professor and holds the Honda Endowed Chair in Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. He serves as the Director of the Spine Research Institute at The Ohio State University, where he leads NIH, NSF, DoD, and privately funded research efforts. Dr. Marras also holds joint academic appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. His research is focused 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 spines. His findings have been published in over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, hundreds of refereed proceedings, and numerous books and book chapters, including a book entitled The Working Back: A Systems View. Dr. 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, is currently Deputy Editor of Spine, and has served as the President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Marras holds Fellow status in six professional societies and 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 has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.