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A University of Toronto graduate in Medicine, Dr. Bhandari completed both his Orthopaedic and Master’s of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics training at McMaster University. To broaden his clinical trauma exposure, he trained with world experts in Los Angeles, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Bhandari’s clinical interests include the management of patients with complex lower extremity fractures and fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum.

He has received international recognition for his research efforts including a nationally recognized Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma — the only chair of its kind in Canada. Dr. Bhandari has also received the Edouard J. Samson Award for a Canadian Orthopaedic surgeon with the greatest impact on research in the last 5 years, the Founder’s Medal for Research, and Randomized trial Mentoring Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Recent awards include the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medal in Research, Kappa Delta/OREF Clinical Research Award, Top Achievements in Health Research Award (CMAJ/CIHR), the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Award of Merit and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mentor of the Year Award (Ontario).

Over the past 5 years, Dr. Bhandari has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers across top medical and Orthopaedic journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, CMAJ, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-American. He was recently listed among the top 10 cited orthopaedic surgeons over the past 20 years.  He currently holds funding from the National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institutes of Health, and US Departments of Defence for large multicenter trials of tibial fracture management. To this end, he has received over 25 million dollars in research funding in recent years.

Most regard Dr. Bhandari as the foremost authority in the translation of Orthopaedic research to clinical practice (evidence-based orthopaedics).   


Research Interests

Clinical trials, meta-analysis, study methodology, evidence-based Orthopaedics.

Sample of Current Research

  • Fixation Alternatives In The Treatment of Hip Fractures: (F.A.I.T.H.) Multinational RCT-CIHR funded/NIH Funded
  • Hip fracture Evaluation with Alternatives of Total hip arthroplasty vs Hemiarthroplasty (H.E.A.L.T.H.): Multinational RCT-CIHR funded/NIH Funded
  • Fluid Lavage of Open Wounds: (F.L.O.W.)Multinational RCT-CIHR/ US Departments of Defence Funded
  • The Internatoa Orthopaedc Multicentre Study in Fractures (INORMUS)
  • Prevalence of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Surgical Evaluation (PRAISE): Multinationa Cohort Study - OTA/Canadian Orthopaedic Research Legacy Funded


  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Masters of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Pelvic and Acetabular Surgery, Los Angeles, California (USA)
  • Doctor of Science, Goteborg University, Sweden 

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