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Dr Denkers is a member of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University.  He completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a professional degree in Physical Therapy at McMaster University while playing varsity football.  He then proceeded to complete his medical school and orthopaedic surgical training at McMaster University as well. He completed his initial fellowship training in Arthroscopy at the University of Calgary with a second fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery also at the University of Calgary.  His clinical and research interests include: Arthroscopic Shoulder and Knee Joint Preservation Surgery, Orthopaedic Adult Trauma Surgery and Surgical Education.

Professional Organizations

  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario  
  • Medical Council of Canada
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association

Research Interests

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder & Knee Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Adult Trauma Surgery
  • Surgical Education

Featured Publications

  • Evidence-Based Orthopaedic Trauma Care.  Denkers MR, Buckley R. In: Orthopedic and Trauma Care – A Guide to Clinical Decision Making. Pape, Sanders, Borrelli (eds.) Springer (accepted – pending publication)
  • Arthroscopic Treatment of Anterior Traumatic Instability of the Shoulder. Denkers MR, Hollinshead R. In: Operative Techniques: Shoulder and Elbow. Neviaser, RJ (ed.) Elsevier 2010.
  • Biochemical measurement of muscle injury created by lumbar surgery.  Kumbhare D, Parkinson W, Dunlop B, Ryan E, Denkers M, Shah AA, Bobba R, Adachi J. Clin Invest Med. 2007;30(1):12-20.
  • Assessment of stability of the cervical spine in blunt trauma patients: review of the literature, with presentation and preliminary results of a modified traction test protocol. Bednar DA, Toorani B, Denkers M, Abdelbary H. Can J Surg. 2004 Oct;47(5):338-42
  • Dorsal root entry zone lesioning used to treat central neuropathic pain in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: a systematic review. Denkers MR. Biagi HL. Ann O'Brien M. Jadad AR. Gauld ME. Spine 2002 Apr; 27(7):E177-84.
  • Management of chronic central neuropathic pain following traumatic spinal cord injury. Jadad A, O'Brien MA, Wingerchuk D, Angle P, Biagi H, Denkers M, Tamayo C, Gauld M.  Evid Rep Technol Assess (Summ). 2001 Sep;(45):1-5. Prepared under contract for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


  • Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, University of Calgary 2009
  • Arthroscopy Fellowship, University of Calgary 2008-2009
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, McMaster University 2003-2008
  • MD, McMaster University 2000-2003

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