Welcome to the
Division of Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics at the U of T has a long tradition of developing innovative treatment approaches, performing research of the highest quality, developing new education programs, and providing clinical care of the highest quality possible. We are leaders in the field, and our faculty members play leadership roles nationally, and internationally. Read more »

Division Chairs for Orthopaedics - University of Toronto Orthopaedic Chairs 1976 - Today.
From left to right - Ben Alman (2006-Today), James Waddell (1996-2006), Robert Salter (1976-1986), Allan Gross (1986-1996).

Message from Chair

Ferguson, Peter Welcome to Orthopaedics at the University of Toronto!  I am honoured and humbled at the opportunity to serve as the Chair of this phenomenally talented Division. Our University Division is an icon on the national and international stage with respect to development and delivery of innovative and high quality clinical care, exemplary research productivity, development of new and innovative educational programs, and leadership within our specialty. In these fundamental arenas of academic medicine, our Division ranks with the best in the world.

Our more than 60 clinical faculty members are renowned for delivery of high quality tertiary and quaternary care in all subspecialty areas of orthopaedics, and patients are referred regionally, nationally and internationally to our centres of excellence. These faculty members are all active in various areas of research including clinical outcomes, basic science and translational studies, education, epidemiology and health policy, to name a few. There are over a dozen non-clinician scientists or clinician-scientists in orthopaedics, who publish research work in top ranked journals such as Nature Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine, in addition to the traditional orthopaedic clinical and research journals. Indeed, the University of Toronto ranks as one of the top three academic centers in the world in numbers of publications each year in orthopaedics. Our education role is stronger than ever, as we are the largest orthopaedic residency program in North America, and train more clinical fellows each year than any other single University. In addition, we have developed novel educational programs based on high quality research into how to best teach orthopaedics. This has resulted in the world’s first completely competency based orthopaedic training program. In addition, many of our talented faculty members have played leadership roles in orthopaedics and medicine locally nationally, and internationally.

While our continued success over many years would dictate it would be easy to “stay the course,” as a Division we continually try to push the envelope in the development of novel approaches to clinical care, research and education. Our strategic plan is bold and ambitious, as we feel that only such an approach will allow us to continue to be an international leader in orthopaedics. Although the past has been stellar, I believe that we have an even brighter future ahead.


Peter C Ferguson MD FRCSC

Albert and Temmy Latner Chair
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto