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Authors > Emil Schemitsch, MD, FRCS(C)

Emil Schemitsch, MD, FRCS(C) is Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and Chief of the Department of Surgery for London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. He is a co-author of Operative Techniques: Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, 2nd Edition.


Dr. Schemitsch graduated from the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine, after which he completed fellowships in Orthopaedic Traumatology, Research in Blood Flow, and Biomechanics at the University of Washington in Seattle, and in Adult Joint Reconstruction at Harvard Medical School. He served as Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto from 2000 to 2012. Previous positions at the University of Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital include Professor of Surgery and Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Term Chair in Fracture Care Research. Dr. Schemitsch has also served as president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and president of the Canadian Arthroplasty Society.


Dr. Schemitsch’s research has focused upon the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis. He has received international recognition for his research efforts including the Edouard J. Samson Award for a Canadian orthopaedic surgeon with the greatest impact on research in the last five years and the Lister Prize, the top award in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto for sustained research. Dr. Schemitsch’s program of research in musculoskeletal trauma and arthritis has led to more than 400 journal publications, numerous grants, and hundreds of guest lectures around the world. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to orthopaedics from the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the International Society for Fracture Repair.

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