Matthew R. Maltese, PhD

Matthew R. Maltese, PhD
Matthew R. Maltese, PhD, is Director of Biomechanics Research for the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus

Education and Training

Graduate Degree

PhD in Bioengineering - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MS in Mechanical Engineering - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Titles and Academic Titles

Biomechanical Research Engineer, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Injury Biomechanics
Crash Test Dummy Biofidelity
Vehicle Safety System Design




Napolitano N, Nishisaki A, Buffman H, Leffelman J, Maltese MR, Nadkarni VM: "Redesign of an open-system oxygen face mask with mainstream capnometer for children" Respiratory Care 62(1): 70-77, 2017.


Maltese MR, Margulies SS: "Biofidelic white matter heterogeneity decreases computational model predictions of white matter strains during rapid head rotations." Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering ePub ahead of print, April 2016.


Wolfe HA, Maltese MR, Niles DE, Fischman E, Legkobitova V, Leffelman J, Berg RA, Nadkarni V, Sutton RM: "Blood pressure directed booster training improve intensive care unit provider retention of excellent CPR skills." Pediatric Emergency Care 31(11): 743-7, Nov 2015.

Hauschild HW, Humm JR, Pintar FA, Yoganandan N, Kaufman B, Maltese MR, Arbogast KB: "The Influence of Enhanced Side Impact Protection on Kinematics and Injury Measures of Far- or Center-Seated Children in Forward-Facing Child Restraints." Traffic Injury Prevention 8(16): Suppl 2:S9-S15, Oct 2015.

Elliott MR, Margulies SS, Maltese MR, Arbogast KB: "Accounting for Sampling Variability, Injury Under-reporting, and Sensor Error in Concussion Injury Risk Curves." Journal of Biomechanics 48(12): 3059-65, Sep 2015.

Sullivan S, Eucker SA, Gabrieli D, Bradfield C, Coats B, Maltese MR, Lee J, Smith C, Margulies SS: "White matter tract-oriented deformation predicts traumatic axonal brain injury and reveals rotational direction-specific vulnerabilities." Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 14(4): 877-96, Aug 2015.

Allison MA, Kang YS, Maltese MR, Bolte JH, Arbogast, KB: "Measurement of Hybrid III head impact kinematics using an accelerometer and gyroscope system in ice hockey helmets." Annals of Biomedical Engineering 43(8): 1896-1906, Aug 2015.



Arbogast KB, Maltese MR: "Pediatric Biomechanics" Accidental Injury - Biomechanics and Prevention, 3rd Edition. Narayan YoganandanJohn Melvin (eds.). Springer, 2014.


Kent RW, Ivarsson J, Maltese MR : "Experimental injury biomechanics of the pediatric thorax and abdomen". Pediatric Injury Biomechanics: Archive and Textbook Springer, 2013.

Posters and Presentations



Polster CJ, Pietila T, Deckx J, Maltese MR: "Development of a pediatric brain model of the six year old human." The Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury 11, Feb 2016 Notes: The Hague, The Netherlands; Poster.

Letures by Invitation


Maltese MR. Portable Surgical Visualization Systems. Presented at: Research Scientific Symposium; 2017 May; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Maltese MR. Pediatric Medical Device Innovation - Collision and Synergy between Academics and Capitalists. University of Pittsburgh; 2017 Jan; Pittsburgh, PA.


Maltese MR. Pediatric Medical Device Innovation. Emory University; 2016 Feb; Atlanta, PA.


Maltese MR. Pediatric Biomechanics: Basis for Best Practice Recommendations. Shanghai Motor Vehicle Inspection Center; 2015 Oct; Shanghai, China.

Maltese MR. Neurosurgery Grand Rounds. Medical College of Wisconsin; 2015 May; Milwaukee, WI.

Maltese MR. Bioengineering Seminar - Innovation Opportunities in Pediatric Medical Device Development. Department of Bioengineering, University of Toledo; 2015 Apr; Toledo, OH, USA.

Maltese MR. Brain Injury Biomechanics, Lecture in BMES 442. Drexel University; 2015 Feb; Philadelphia, PA.

Awards and Honors

2013, Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award
2009, John Paul Stapp Award for the Best Paper at the Stapp Car Crash Conference
2009, Best Presentation - CChIPS National Science Foundation I/UCRC
2001, Superior Achievement Award, NHTSA, United States Department of Transportation
1999-2001, Leadership Challenge Award, NHTSA, United States Department of Transportation
1999, Celebrating Excellence Award, NHTSA,United States Department of Transportation

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Associate Editor

Traffic Injury Prevention


2012-present, Accident Analysis & Prevention
2012-present, Critical Care Medicine
2012-present, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference
2012-present, Injury Prevention
2011-present, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
2010-present, Traffic Injury Prevention
2010-present, Clinical Biomechanics
2007-present, Annals of Biomedical Engineering
2006-present, Society of Automotive Engineers Congress

Institutional Committees

2016-present, Chair, Medical Devices Committee, Novel Therapeutics Working Group, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2014-present, Investigational New Drug / Investigational New Device Scientific Review Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership and Memberships


2005-present, Member, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
- 2010-present, Member, Scientific Program Committee
- 2015-2016, Chair, Scientific Program Committee
- 2014-2015, Vice-chair, Scientific Program Committee
- 2013-present, Member, Board of Directors

1996-present, Member, Society of Automotive Engineers

1993-present, Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers


2016-present, National Association of State EMS Officials (Member)
- Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee

2016-present, Independent Review Team, Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin Project, United States Army Research Laboratory (Member)