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Backstein, Dr. David

David Backstein 

David Backstein MD, MEd, FRCSC

Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Head, Gluskin Granovsky Division of Orthopaedics, Mount Sinai Hospital
Medical Lead & Chair, Mount Sinai Centre for MSK Disease

Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave., suite 476D
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5
Tel: 416 586-8457
Fax: 416 586-8678

Joanna Ascenzi , Administrative Assistant 
Tel: 416 586-8457
Email: j.ascenzi@mtsinai.on.ca

Specialty Interest:

Hip & Knee Arthroplasty, Surgical Education & Technical Skills

Arthroplasty & Technical Skills Educational Research

Lower extremity arthroplasty with an emphasis on complex knee reconstruction is the focus of my practice. Research in the area of hip and knee arthroplasty is conducted on an ongoing basis. Areas of focus include outcome studies and evaluation of new technologies.

Additionally, I am actively involved in research in the field of technical skills development and feedback mechanisms. There is extensive collaboration with Kinesiologists and the University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. Our goal is to apply the principles of Kinesiology to the learning and development of surgical technical skills. Our efforts are directed at defining which motor skills differentiate experts and novices and discovering how modern feedback technologies could accelerate the learning curve, both in the laboratory and operating room environments.

Selected Readings

Dubrowski A., Backstein D.. The contributions of kinesiology to surgical education. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004 Dec;86-A(12):2778-81.

Backstein D, Agnidis Z, Regehr G, Reznick R. The effectiveness of video feedback in the acquisition of orthopedic technical skills. Am J Surg. 2004 Mar;187(3):427-32.

Backstein D., Hutchison C., Regehr G.. A Needs Assessment for Continuing Professional Development in Orthopaedic Surgery. Annals RCPSC, vol 35, no 4, 2002 June: 219-224.

Lakstein D, Zarrabian M, Kosashvili Y, Safir O, Gross AE, Backstein D. Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty for Component Malrotation is Highly Beneficial A Case Control Study. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Lakstein D, Kosashvili Y, Backstein D, Safir O, Lee P, Gross AE. The long modified extended sliding trochanteric osteotomy. Int Orthop. 2009 Oct 16.

Kosashvili Y, Alvi M, Mayne IP, Safir O, Gross A, Backstein D. Immediate recovery room radiographs after primary total knee arthroplasty-why do we keep doing them? Int Orthop. 2009 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Nousiainen MT, Maury AC, Alhoulei A, Backstein DJ, Gross AE. Long-term outcome of shelf grafts in total hip arthroplasty for developmental hip dysplasia. Orthopedics. 2009 Sep;32(9).