Dr. John D Jarrell, PhD, PE

Materials Science Associates, LLC
1372 Main Street
Coventry , RI 02816
Mobile: 401-290-8823
Office: 800-672-6721
Fax: 401-667-0993

Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline biomedical engineer and doctor of medical science specializing in consultation and expert opinions related to product development, intellectual property, risk, failure analysis, legal cases, product liability, accidents and personal injuries. His expertise includes the analysis of complex systems, designs and failures involving materials, mechanical, medical systems and warnings. As a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, he is actively involved in design, product development and research. He earned three degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology. He has an appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and at the Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research at Rhode Island Hospital. He has US and foreign patents covering photoactive materials, active delivery films and medical applications. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and abstracts in collaboration with academic, hospital and government investigators and authored a guide book on materials selection for designers. He has been awarded contracts by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rhode Island Hospital and the US Department of Justice. He is an ASTM member for standards Committees F04, Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and E58 on Forensic Engineering.

Areas of Expertise
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Corrosion
  • Failure Analysis
  • Materials
  • Materials Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Products Liability

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: ScB, Materials Science and Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 1988.
MSc, Materials Science and Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 1991.
Professional Engineer License (PE), Mechanical Engineering, Rhode Island, February 14, 1996.
PhD, Biology, Medical Science and Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 2008.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: SOCIETY AFFILIATIONS- ASTM Intl.; Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS); Society for Biomaterials; National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); American Society for Materials, International (ASM); International Metallographic Society (IMS); Heat Treating Society (HTS); Society of Carbide and Tool Engineering (SCTE); Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society (EDFAS); Society for Automotive Engineering International (SAE); Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation; International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE), The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE, Int.)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: 2018 Academy Webinar Series: Cleaning-Coating Technology Reduces Bacterial By-Products on Liners, American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP), ABC continuing education credit given.

Invited Panelist: Rhode Island Perspectives on Advancing Research, Development, and Medical Innovation- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the RI Tech Collective hosted roundtable discussion to hear from Rhode Island’s biotech industry about opportunities and barriers to translating scientific discovery into innovative treatments and medications for patients. This discussion will inform Senator Whitehouse’s work with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to examine current policies and processes at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration and identify reforms to foster medical innovation, support the next generation of research scientists, and get treatments to patients quickly and safely. Tech Collective, Providence, RI, June 15, 2015

Invited Speaker: Trends & Opportunities in the Engineering Industry
CareerBuilder.com, WebEx Conference, December 5, 2008.

Active metal oxide and polymer hybrid coatings for antimicrobial devices
BioInterface, Workshop and Symposium, Antimicrobial Surfaces Session, Minneapolis, MN, October 28, 2008.

Novel light-activated antimicrobial controlled delivery polymer hybrids for osseointegrated transcutaneous devices.
54th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, March, 2008.

Bioactive Polymers for Soft Tissue Sealing of Osseointegrated Prosthetic Attachments,
6th Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies, Honolulu, Hawaii, October, 2007

Advanced Bioactive Hybrid Materials for Percutaneous Devices,
Rhode Island Hospital, Grand Rounds, Student Research Day, May 23, 2007

Use of specialized metal oxide films for delivery of bioactive metal compounds
Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA, February, 2007.

Rapid biological screening of metal-organic coatings for percutaneous devices,
Regional Bioengineering and Biotechnology Conference U. Mass. Dartmouth, February 9, 2007

Invited Speaker: Fatigue failure of a stainless steel propeller shaft,
National Association of Marine Surveyors, New England Region, October 26, 2001
Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Presentation

Invited Speaker: Metallurgical failure analysis,
National Association of Marine Surveyors, New England Region, November 5, 1999
Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Presentation

A Non-Wetting, Conductive Coating Replacement for Teflon (PTFE) in Surgical Applications,
Surfaces in Biomaterials ‘94, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 1994

Chemical Passivation of Stainless Steels Eliminated By Using ME-92 Chromium Composition Coating, Society for Biomaterials, 20th Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 26th Internationals Biomaterials Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1994.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Corrosion, Accident Reconstructions, Asbestos, Medical Devices, Orthopedic implants, Hip replacement, spinal implants, pacemaker leads, Vacuum systems, heater/coolers/compression devices, Drug Delivery
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Approximately 37 time.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Around August of 2019.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 11 times.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Over thirty years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, testing, reports, site inspections


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Dr. Jeffrey R. Morgan
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering
Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology
Brown University,
G-B 393, Biomed Center
171 Meeting Street,
Providence, RI 02912
Phone (401) 863-9419

Dr. Christopher T. Born, MD
Director of Orthopaedic Trauma, Rhode Island Hospital
2 Dudley Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02905
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
The Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Phone (401) 457-1562

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