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Distinguished Faculty

We are pleased to showcase our past and current Division Heads who have made significant contributions to our program, allowing MacOrtho to develop into the unique division that stands today.


Mohit Bhandari

Head, Academic Division (2011-Present),
Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma and Surgical Outcomes

Dr. Bhandari currently serves as Professor and Academic Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He also holds a Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma. He has received the CIHR/CMAJ top achievements in health care research award and is acknowledged among the top 10 most cited orthopaedic fracture surgeons. His research focuses upon improving the lives of individuals experiencing trauma.


Brett Dunlop

Head, Academic Division (1999-2010)

Dr. Dunlop was involved in the evolution of Orthopaedics at McMaster allowing for our department to become a full service centre offering care in all of the sub-specialities of Orthopaedics. From a strength in clinical care we have developed an outstanding Royal College training program, a clerkship program and offer fellowship level training in many sub-specialities. More recently with local professional development and targeted recruitment, McMaster has become a national and international leader in Orthopaedic research. Dr. Dunlop actively continues to help with the outreach of Orthopaedics at McMaster through the development of a structured alumni program. Ultimately this program will offer ongoing education and service to our alumni and elicit feedback and guidance for our programs and trainees.


Robert Martin

Head, Academic Division (1983 - 1998)

Dr. Martin made significant contributions to the orthopaedic department by recruiting academically qualified subspecialty orthopaedic surgeons to help establish an improved academic and research environment. This in turn raised the quality and profile of the orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs in addition to improving the scope and depth of orthopaedic care available in the area.


Robert Lofthouse

Head, Academic Division (1970 - 1982)

Dr. Lofthouse participated in the development and was Chief of the Orthopaedic Program at McMaster University. Dr. Lofthouse was a positive influence on his community and his family. Through his lengthy medical career, he received numerous awards including; the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, Distinguished Service Award of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine, the Hamilton Spectator Community Service Award for Science and Medicine, and the Outstanding Service Award of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

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