Frank C. Mendel PhD

Frank Mendel

Frank C. Mendel
PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Function and Structure

Contact Information
209 Farber Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2541
Fax: 716 829-2911
fcmendel@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Current interests: 1) Killing techniques (forensic pathology) of extant and extinct big cats and cat-like carnivores (sabertoothed forms), 2) virtual clinical training platforms, and 3) determining best practices for managing sprains and other soft tissue injuries.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Davis (1975)
  • MA, Anthropology, University of California, Davis (1971)
  • BA, Anthropology, California State University, San Diego (1969)

Employment:

  • Associate Professor, State University of New York (1982-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Anatomical Sciences, State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1976–1982)

Awards and Honors:

  • Best paper award (2010)
  • Dorothy I. Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award (1997)
  • Kenneth L. Knight Award for the Outstanding Research Manuscript (1997)
  • Dorothy I. Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award (1992)
  • Dorothy I. Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award (1990)
  • Robert S. Salant Research Award

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • April 2014–April 2015
    the Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT)titled: "Does the Orientation of the Spine & Sacrum protect the Pelvic Floor"
    University at Buffalo - IMPACT GRANT
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $35,000
  • April 2008–March 2011
    NSF CRI:IAD A Real-Time Haptic Immersive Virtual Environment (RT-HIVE)
    NSF
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $376,000
  • October 2007–December 2008
    Mars Pet Foods: Vertebrate Mastication Testbed: Virtual & Mechanical Prototypes
    Mars Pet Foods
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $195,000
  • January 2006–December 2008
    Effects of Electrical Stimulation on Time to Recovery Following Grade I and II Ankle Sprains in Intercollegiate and Professional Athletes.
    National Football League
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $125,000
  • June 2004–May 2005
    Research and Creative Activities Proposal: The Vertebrate Analyzer: A simulator of form/function/behavior of extant/extinct vertebrates
    Research and Creative Activities Proposal
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $28,000
  • June 1995–December 1995
    Multidisciplinary Pilot Project Program:Physical Interventions for Controlling Edema
    Multidisciplinary Pilot Project Program
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $20,000
  • June 1991–December 1991
    Universal Technology Systems:Effects of Frequency of High Voltage Pulsed Direct Current on Edema Formation
    Universal Technology Systems
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $13,906
  • June 1989–December 1989
    New York State Science and Technology Foundation: Wheelchair for stimulating paralyzed muscles
    New York State Science and Technology Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $63,258
  • June 1989–December 1989
    Health Instruments and Devices Institute
    Health Instruments and Devices Institute
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $7,600
  • August 1986–June 1989
    UBIT Proposal: Virtual Musculoskeletal Cadaver Case-Studies for Gross Anatomy
    Office of the CIO, University at Buffalo
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $10,000
  • June 1986–June 1987
    Health Instruments and Devices Institute: Intraneural electrodes for FES
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,500
  • March 1985–February 1986
    RCA:Intraneural electrodes for FES
    UB Medical School Competition Award
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $14,943
  • March 1984–February 1985
    RCA:Selective Stimulation of Peripheral Nerve Fibers
    UB Medical School Competition Award
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000
  • April 1977–June 1979
    BRSG: Ligaments and Articular Surfaces: Their Roles in Sustaining joints in Tension
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $7,000
  • July 1976–July 1977
    Special Funds(197612)
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $4,900
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Patents:

  • Tricycle for electrically inducing exercise in paralyzed muscle Hand and foot propelled tricycle for electrically inducing exercise in paralyzed and paretic muscles (1989)

Journal Articles:

  • Mendel FC, Piggins D, Fish, DR. Vision of two-toed sloths (Choloepus).. Journal of Mammalogy. 1985; 66(1).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC. Mandibular movement patterns relative to food types in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis.. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1982; 58(2).
  • Mendel FC. The wrist joint of two-toed sloths and its relevance to brachiating adaptations in the Hominoidea.. Journal of Morphology. 1979; 162(2).
  • Mendel FC. Postural and locomotor modes of Alouatta palliata on various substrates.. Folia Primatologica. 1976; 26(1).

Books and Book Chapters:

  • Mendel FC. Adaptations for suspensory behavior in the limbs of two-toed sloths.. 1985.

Abstracts:

  • Fish DR, Tanton C, Tomita M, Mendel FC. Validity, reliability and efficiency of a modified foot/ankle volumeter. Physical Therapy. 2006; 86(5).
  • Fish DR, Freeland E, Burke E, Tomita M, Mendel FC. Validity and reliability of a foot/ankle volumeter. Physical Therapy. 2003; 83(5).
  • Mychaskiw AM, Dolan MG, Mendel FC. Effects of Cold Water Immersion and High Voltage Electrical Stimulation on Edema Formation Following Impact Injuries to Hindlimbs of Rats.. Journal of Athletic Training. 2002; 37(2).
  • Ciotti VJ, Bellisari T, Dolan MG, Mendel FC, Fish DR, Bibi KW. Validity and Intertester Reliability of Volumetric and Figure-of-Eight Measurements of Non-Traumatized Ankle Volumes. Proceedings of the Journal of Athletic Training. 2002; 37(2).
  • Dolan MG, Mendel FC, Teprovich JM, Marvar PV, Bibi KW. Effects of dependent positioning and cold water immersions on non-traumatized ankle volumes. Journal of Athletic Training. 1999; 34(2).
  • Dolan MG, Thornton RM, Mendel FC, Fish DR. Cold water immersion effects on edema formation following impact injury to hind limbs of rats.. Athletic Training. 1996; 31(suppl).
  • Dungca D, Fish DR, Mendel FC, Burton HB. Effect of High Voltage Pulsed Current on Edema Following Thermal Injury.. Physical Therapy. 1993; 73(6S).
  • Mendel FC, Caputi CD, Karnes JL, Fish DR. High voltage pulsed current using surface electrodes: Effect on acute edema formation after hyperflexion injury in frogs.. Physical Therapy. 1992; 72(6).
  • Karnes JL, Mendel FC, Fish DR, Burton HB. Influence of high voltage pulsed current on diameters of arterioles during histamine-induced vasodilation.. Physical Therapy. 1992; 72(6).
  • Dallmann SL, Fish, DR, Mendel FC, Yack HJ. Preference for low versus medium frequency electrical stimulation at constant induced muscle forces.. Physical Therapy. 1992; 72(6).
  • Taylor K, Fish DR, Burton HW, Mendel FC. Effects of electrically induced muscle contractions on posttraumatic edema formation.. American Physical Therapy Association. 1991; 71(6).
  • Taylor K, Fish DR, Burton HW, Mendel FC. Effect of single 30 minute treatment of high voltage pulsed direct current on edema formation.. Physical Therapy. 1991; 71(6).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Schultz AM, Gottstein-Yerke LM. Effectiveness of anodal high voltage pulsed current on edema formation in frogs. Physical Therapy. 1991; 71(6).
  • Wylegala JA, Mendel FC, Fish DR. Influence of high voltage pulsed current on edema formation following impact injury in rats.. N.Y. Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association. 1991.
  • Taylor K, Fish DR, Burton HW, Mendel FC. Effect of single 30 minute treatment of high voltage pulsed direct current on edema formation.. New York Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association. 1990.
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Bettany J, Karnes J. Effects of electrical stimulation on edema formation. Artif. Organs. 1990; 14(6).
  • Olsewski J, Simmon E, Kallen FC, Mendel FC. Evidence from cadavers suggestive of entrapment of fifth lumbar spinal nerve by lumbosacral ligaments.. American Orthopaedic Association Residence Conference. 1990.
  • Olsewski J, Simmons E, Kallen FC, Mendel FC, Severin CM, Barrens D. Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation.. Scoliosis Research. 1990.
  • Olsewski J, Simmons E, Kallen FC, Mendel FC, Severin CM, Barrens D. Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation.. International Society for The Study of the Lumbar Spine. 1990.
  • Olsewski J, Simmon E, Kallen FC, Mendel FC, Severin CM, Barrens D. Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation.. Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie, XVIII World Congress. 1990.
  • Cant JGH, Finlinson HA, Mendel FC, Povinelli DJ. Stress tests of lianas to determine safety factors in the habitat of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in northern Sumatra.. American Association of Physical Anthropology. 1990.
  • Taylor K, Fish DR, Burton HW, Mendel FC. Effects of electrically induced muscle contractions on posttraumatic edema formation.. N.Y. Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association. 1990.
  • Bettany J, Fish DR, Mendel FC. The influence of high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation on edema formation following impact injury.. American Physical Therapy Association. 1989; 69(5).
  • Bettany J, Fish DR, Mendel FC. The influence of high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation on edema formation following hyperflexion injury.. American Physical Therapy Association. 1989; 69(5).
  • Mendel FC, Fish DR, Kell RE, Teter J, Tanski W. Hand and foot propelled tricycle for electrically inducing exercise in paralyzed lower limb muscles.. American Physical Therapy Association. 1988; 68(5).
  • Mendel FC, Fish DR, Kell RE, Leavitt JA, Teter J. Modification of a commercial heelswitch-activated functional neuromuscular stimulation system.. American Physical Therapy Association. 1988; 68(5).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Moreland D. Tolerance of peripheral nerve to chronic implantation of electrode material.. Anatomical Record. 1985; 211(3).
  • Mendel FC, Fish DR. Aspects of masticatory form/function in two-toed sloths, Choloepus hoffmanni.. Anatomical Record. 1983; 205(3).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Kallen FC, Hicks WL. Variations in tongue/hyoid movements relative to jaw movements during mastication.. Anatomical Record. 1982; 202(3).
  • Fish DR, Majewski RF, Mendel FC, Kallen FC. The potential of chiroptera for elucidating mammalian feeding mechanisms.. Bat Research News. 1982; 23(4).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC. Mandibular movement patterns relative to food types in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis.. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1981; 54(2).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Kallen FC. Aspects of masticatory form/function in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis.. Anatomical Record. 1981; 199(3).
  • Fish DR, Mendel FC, Kallen FC. Masticatory muscle activities in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis.. American Society or Mammalogy. 1981.
  • Mendel FC, Hicks WL, Fish DR, Kallen FC. Oral and hyoid movement patterns related to mastication in giant Indian fruit bats, Pteropus giganteus.. Bat Research New. 1981; 22(4).
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Presentations:

  • "Data Driven Development of Haptic Models for Needle Biopsy Phantoms" ASME Dynamic System and Controls Conference, DSCC, ASMC (2012)
  • "Quantitative Skill Evaluation for Kidney Biopsies" American Society of Nephrology Annual Conference, American Society of Nephrology (2011)
  • "SIMBiopsies: An Augmented Reality Training SIMulator for Needle Biopsies" The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (2011)
  • "Simbiopses: A Haptic Immersive Virtual Environment Simulator for Percutaneous Renal Biopsies" Pediatric Academic Societies' & Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting (2011)
  • "SIMBiopsies: An Augmented Reality Training SIMulator for Needle Biopsies" Pediatric Academic Societies' & Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting (2011)
  • "Simulation-based Design of Exoskeletal Using Musculoskeletal Analysis." Proceeding of ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conference (2010)
  • "Kinematics Analysis of In-Parallel 5 DOF Haptic Device." Proceeding of 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2010)
  • "Effects of High Voltage Pulsed Current on Recovery Following Grade I and II Lateral Ankle Sprains" Athletic Training Annual Meeting (2009)
  • "Virtual Musculoskeletal Scenario-Testing Case-Studies" Proceedings of 2008 Virtual Rehabilitation (2008)
  • "Does Use of Electrical Stimulation for Ankle Sprain Hasten Recovery?" NFL Physicians Society Scientific Meeting (2008)
  • "Does Continuous Subsensory HVPC Applied for the First 72 hrs Postinjury Hasten Recovery of Competition-Level Function Following Lateral Ankle Sprains?" 19th Annual Perry Lecture, School of Public Health & Health Professions (2007)
  • "Validity, reliability and efficiency of a modified foot/ankle volumeter." American Association of Physical Therapy (2006)
  • "Virtual Prototyping and Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing for Musculoskeletal System Analysis" IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (2005)
  • "Validity and reliability of a foot/ankle volumeter" American Association of Physical Therapy (2003)
  • "Effects of electrically induced muscle contractions on posttraumatic edema formation" N.Y. Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (1999)
  • "Sciatic Nerve - Piriformis Variations Producing Nerve Compression Causing Sciatica" North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (1995)
  • "Effect of High Voltage Pulsed Current and Alternating Current on Histamine Induced FITC Dextran Leakage from Hamster Cheek Pouch Microcirculation" World Congress of Physical Therapy (1995)
  • "Sciatic Nerve - Piriformis Variations Producing Nerve Compression Causing Sciatica" American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (1995)
  • "Effect of High Voltage Pulsed Current and Alternating Current on Histamine Induced FITC Dextran Leakage from Hamster Cheek Pouch Circulation" N.Y. Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (1994)
  • "A Precise Volumeter for Assessing Electrotherapy Outcomes" Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Annual Congress (1994)
  • "Effect of High Voltage Pulsed Current on Edema Following Thermal Injury" American Physical Therapy Association (1993)
  • "Electrotherapeutic Interventions: Should They Be Marketed, Approved, Taught, Endorsed and Subsidized Before Efficacy is Established?" APTA Combined Sections Meeting (1993)
  • "High voltage pulsed current using surface electrodes: Effect on acute edema formation after hyperflexion injury in frogs" American Physical Therapy Association (1992)
  • "Influence of high voltage pulsed current on diameters of arterioles during histamine-induced vasodilation" American Physical Therapy Association (1992)
  • "Influence of high voltage pulsed current on edema formation following impact injury in rats" American Physical Therapy Association (1992)
  • "New perspectives in edema control via electrotherapy" American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference (1992)
  • "Preference for low versus medium frequency electrical stimulation at constant induced muscle forces." American Physical Therapy Association (1992)
  • "Effect of single 30 minute treatment of high voltage pulsed direct current on edema formation" American Physical Therapy Association (1991)
  • "Effectiveness of anodal high voltage pulsed current on edema formation in frogs" American Physical Therapy Association (1991)
  • "Effects of electrically induced muscle contractions on posttraumatic edema formation" American Physical Therapy Association (1991)
  • "Effects of low voltage electrical stimulation on edema formation in frog ankles following impact injury" American Physical Therapy Association (1991)
  • "Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation" Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie, XVIII World Congress (1990)
  • "Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation" International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (1990)
  • "Effects of low voltage electrical stimulation on edema formation in frog ankles following impact injury" N.Y. Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (1990)
  • "Stress tests of lianas to determine safety factors in the habitat of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in northern Sumatra." American Association of Physical Anthropology (1990)
  • "Evidence from cadavers suggestive of entrapment of fifth lumbar spinal nerve by lumbosacral ligaments" American Orthopaedics Association Residence conference (1990)
  • "Lumbar spine morphometry: Anatomical perspectives related to transpedicular fixation" Scoliosis Research Society (1990)
  • "Effects of electrical stimulation on edema formation." Proc. of Third International Workshop on Functional Electrostimulation (1989)
  • "Modification of a commercial heelswitch-activated functional neuromuscular stimulation system" American Physical Therapy Association (1989)
  • "The influence of high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation on edema formation following hyperflexion injury" American Physical Therapy Association (1989)
  • "The influence of high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation on edema formation following impact injury" American Physical Therapy Association (1989)
  • "Vehicles for exercising paralyzed limbs." Proc. of Third International Workshop on Functional Electrostimulation (1989)
  • "Hand and foot propelled tricycle for electrically inducing exercise in paralyzed lower limb muscles" American Physical Therapy Association (1988)
  • "Electrodes for functional neuromuscular stimulation" Materials Research Society (1987)
  • "Intraneural electrodes for functional electrical stimulation." Proc. 2nd Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrostimulation. (1986)
  • "Tolerance of peripheral nerve to chronic implantation of electrode material" American Association of Anatomists (1985)
  • "The eyes and refraction of sloths" First International Congress of the British College of Optometrists (1984)
  • "Aspects of masticatory form/function in two-toed sloths, Choloepus hoffmanni." American Association of Anatomists Meeting (1983)
  • "The potential of chiroptera for elucidating mammalian feeding mechanisms." 13th North American Symposium on Bat Research (1982)
  • "Variations in tongue/hyoid movements relative to jaw movements during mastication" American Association of Anatomists (1982)
  • "Oral and hyoid movement patterns related to mastication in giant Indian fruit bats, Pteropus giganteus" 12th North American Conference on Bat Research (1981)
  • "Masticatory muscle activities in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis." American Society of Mammalogists (1981)
  • "Aspects of masticatory form/function in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis." American Association of Anatomists Meeting (1981)
  • "Mandibular movement patterns relative to food types in common tree shrews, Tupaia glis." 50th Annual Meeting of the American Assoc. of Physical Anthropologists (1981)
  • "Grappling hooks and clasps; Adaptations for suspensory behavior on small gauge supports in two-toed sloths." 60th Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogy, American Society of Mammalogy (1980)
  • "Use of hands relative to support size in two-toed sloths." 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogy, American Society of Mammalogy, International Conference on the Biology and Evolution of Edentata (1979)
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209 Farber Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2541
Fax: 716 829-2911
fcmendel@buffalo.edu