Ronald J. Triolo, PhD

Ronald Triolo, PhD

The MetroHealth System

  • Staff Scientist, Department of Orthopaedics

Case Western Reserve University

  • Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics


  • Director, Center for Advanced Platform Technology


Broad Research Programs

  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Paralysis After Stroke
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies 



Ronald J. Triolo received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Villanova PA in 1980, and MS degrees in both Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia PA in 1982 and 1984, respectively, as well as a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering for the design and clinical testing of an actively powered and myoelectrically controlled above knee prosthesis for transfemoral amputees in 1986. Dr. Triolo was Director of Research at the Philadelphia Unit of Shriners Hospitals from 1986 through 1994 he where he investigated neuroprosthetic and neurotherapeutic uses of neural stimulation for children with motor dysfunction due to spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy. Dr. Triolo is currently a Tenured Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a Senior Research Career Scientist with the Rehabilitation Research & Development Service of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  He is the Executive Director of the Advanced Platform Technology Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs where he oversees the design, prototyping and production of novel medical devices for the rehabilitation of individuals with sensorimotor impairments or limb loss. He also directs the Motion Study Laboratory of the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he pursues research in the development and clinical application of neuroprostheses and restorative technologies, biomechanics and the control of movement, rehabilitation engineering, and the assessment of assistive technology. Dr. Triolo has authored over 125 peer-reviewed publications and currently leads independent research programs funded the NIH, DoD and other federal and private agencies to restore or enhance the upright and seated mobility, posture, balance, and universal access for individuals with neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders.




Professional Society Memberships

     American Academy for the Advancement of Science
     American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering
     American Spinal Injury Association
     Biomedical Engineering Society
     Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
     Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
     International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (Board Member 2002–2005)
     Tau Beta Pi:  Engineering Honor Society
     Eta Kappa Nu:  Electrical Engineering Honor Society
     Phi Kappa Phi:  National Honor Society
     Sigma Xi:  Scientific Research Society


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

US Department of Veterans Affairs 
10701 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-791-3800 ext. 64138 
Email: [email protected]