Department of Orthopaedics

The UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Our mandate is to create knowledge, advance learning, and improve the musculoskeletal health at the community, provincial, national, and international levels.

The Department consists of 165 faculty, 24 resident and 30 fellowship positions and seven clinical divisions. The Department is the only one in Canada operating as a distinct orthopaedic department within a Faculty of Medicine. In other Canadian medical schools, orthopaedics functions as a division within the Department of Surgery. The designation of “orthopaedics” rather than orthopaedic surgery, emphasizes the broad scope of the specialty which includes non-operative as well as operative care.


Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Dvorak, Marcel F S adult spine surgery; major adult deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis), traumatic injuries of the spine, and spinal cord injury.
Fisher, Charles adult spine surgery, with special clinical and research interests in trauma, oncology and evidence-based medicine
Garbuz, Donald reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee; novel imaging techniques to assess early changes in articular cartilage, which may be indicators for osteoarthritis
Greidanus, Nelson osteoarthritis and joint replacement procedures
Guy, Pierre Medical, health and life sciences; Surgery; Surgical Technologies; Hip Fracture Care; Health services research
Kwon, Brian Spinal cord injury
Lefaivre, Kelly Orthopaedics
Masri, Bas Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction and Replacement and to Musculoskeletal Oncology
McKay, Heather Population health interventions; Aging process; Social and biological determinants of aging; Health promotion and disease prevention; Prevention, treatment and support of youth health; Medical, health and life sciences; Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Health and community services; Aging Process; Public and Population Health
Mulpuri, Kishore Surgery; bone diseases; Cerebral Palsy; Connective Tissue Diseases; Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip; Joints (Articulations); Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease; Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders; Methodological Research; Muscle; Muscular Diseases; Musculoskeletal Deformation; Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair; Neuromuscular Diseases; Orthopaedic Engineering; Patient Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance; Pediatric Hip Conditions; Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma; Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis; Trauma / Injuries
Oxland, Thomas Spinal Cord Injury, Aging Spine, Orthopaedic Implants
Reilly, Christopher Paediatric spine, Paediatric sports injuries, Paediatric trauma, Medical education
Sawatzky, Bonita Clinical medicine; Mobility; Outcome measures; biomechanics
Shadgan, Babak Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Orthopedics; Sports medicine; Bone, skin and cartilage science; Central nervous system; Implantable Biosensing; sensor and system design, clinical application development; Wearable Biosensors; design and application development in health care and exercise sciences; Musculoskeletal, Sports & Exercise Medicine; Bone Fracture Healing; Spinal Cord Injuries
Shahriari, Dena
Street, John Helmet performance, Injury prevention
Wilson, David orthopaedics, arthritis, mechanics, joints, hip, imaging, MRI, activity, Hip, knee, spine mechanics, causes and treatments of osteoarthritis, medical imaging and image processing, orthopedic sports medicine
Younger, Alastair ankle arthritis, foot and ankle arthroscopy, biological enhancement to bone healing

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