Tom Hedman


Senior Principal Scientist

Tom Hedman, PhD., Spinal Simplicity’s Senior Prinicpal Scientist has been involved in orthopedic research and development since 1983, with a focus on soft-tissue biomechanics since 1985. Dr. Hedman is a recognized pioneer in the spine field with over 35 years of experience in both the academic and entrepreneurial realms. He has made over 100 presentations at national and international conferences and has over 65 peer-reviewed published articles. Tom has been a reviewer for U.S. NIH grants and various technical journals.

His graduate bioengineering training was at MIT and the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Hedman is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Tom Hedman currently has more than 40 issued patents, beginning with the first of its kind “2nd generation” disc replacement device (total disc prosthesis) issued in 1988. 

Prior to joining Spinal Simplicity, Tom’s previous roles were the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Intralink-Spine, as well as, the Founder and President of Orthopeutics, LP.