Steven S. Saliterman

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Steven S. Saliterman

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering



  • BA, Physiology, University of Minnesota, 1973

  • MD, Mayo Medical School, 1977

  • Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Graduate School, 1980

Professional Background

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Prof. Steven Saliterman is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He retired from clinical medicine in 2014, and is a past Chief of Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis. He is a retired Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and a Clinical Laboratory Director.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; Mayo Medical School in Rochester; and Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He is a former intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and research fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, cofounder and past President of the Mayo Medical School Alumni Society, and member of the Mayo Plummer Society. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He has been a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. He has been a guest speaker at the University of Minnesota’s Design of Medical Device Conference and the Minnesota Medical Alley MedEdge International Conference.

Research Interests

Professor Steven Saliterman's interests include biomedical engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer design, and software development.

His early work in computer design received achievement awards from the Professional Engineers Society of Minnesota and the United States Army. He participated in early designs of the Space Shuttle Space Lab and developed implantable devices for space research. He has designed and patented a system for simulating critical care patient management, inclusive of a manikin apparatus for practicing heart catheterization.

His work has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Biopolymers, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Expert Review of Medical Devices. His book, Fundamentals of BioMEMS and Medical Microdevices is the first college-level textbook in the field.

Teaching Subjects
BMEn 2151 - Introductory Medical Device Prototyping
BMEn 5151 - Intro to BioMEMs
BMEn 4001W and 4002W Senior Design Team Advisor
BMEN 3151 - Medical Device Practicum