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
Duncan, Clive development and evaluation of complex surgical techniques for the management of major joints damaged by injury, infection and disease; especially the hip
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 Bone Tissue
Kwon, Brian Spinal cord injury
Lefaivre, Kelly Orthopaedics
Masri, Bassam Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction and Replacement and to Musculoskeletal Oncology
McCormack, Robert Sport Medicine, Cartilage repair and transplantation, Knee injuries, Shoulder injuries; Medical issues related to Canadian athletes; Dept of Orthopedics; Olympic Team Canada Chief Medical Officer
McKay, Heather Anne Role of physical activity and healthy eating to optimize bone health and promote healthy body weight during childhood
Mulpuri, Kishore Cerebral Palsy; Bone Diseases; Connective Tissue Diseases; Joints (Articulations); Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders; Muscle; Muscular Diseases; Neuromuscular Diseases; Musculoskeletal Deformation; Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair; Trauma / Injuries; Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip; Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease; Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis; Pediatric Hip Conditions; Methodological Research; Orthopaedic Engineering; Patient Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance; Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma
O'Brien, Peter adult trauma
Oxland, Thomas Spinal Cord Injury, Aging Spine, Orthopaedic Implants
Regan, William orthopaedic understanding and treatment of athletic injuries, particularly the elbow, are recognized worldwide
Reilly, Christopher Paediatric spine, Paediatric sports injuries, Paediatric trauma, Medical education
Sawatzky, Bonita Spinal Cord Diseases; Mobility; Outcome measures; biomechanics; assistive devices; rare disease
Shadgan, Babak Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Orthopedics; Clinical Biophotonics; Sports & Exercise Medicine; Musculoskeletal Medicine; Wearable & Implantable Biosensors
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