Heath Henninger, PhD

Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Heath Henninger

JBJS is pleased once again to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing. Today we introduce Elite Reviewer Heath Henninger.


Heath Henninger, PhD


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Years in practice: 

13 in orthopaedic research, 19 in biomechanics overall.

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

Reviewing is a natural part of my work as a basic science and clinical researcher. I have reviewed for 18 different journals throughout my career, but I consistently review for 6-7 journals annually, including JBJS. The obvious channel is exposure to the Journal by publishing as a (co)author, but also referral through colleagues that serve on the editorial board.

What is your top piece of advice for reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

No one likes waiting for reviews on their own papers, so I try to pay that forward by providing input in a timely manner. That is a critical factor in gaining Elite status.

How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Depending on the day/week/month, if you ask my family, this term does not exist. That said, I try to stay involved in my family extracurriculars as much as possible and enjoy the outdoors as well. Anywhere without mobile phone or internet coverage ranks high on my list of favorite places.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Seeing the traction our research on the reversed shoulder and shoulder morphology is gaining in the field has been very rewarding.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

If I have free time to read, it’s usually non-fiction about outdoor adventures. The Emerald Mile was a favorite of the last 5 years—277 miles on the Colorado River in under 37 hours?!

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