Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Professor and University Scholar at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Past Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedics,
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of OrthoEvidence,
President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association


Dr. Bhandari currently serves as Professor and Academic Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He is a designated, University Scholar, at McMaster, to recognize his excellence in as an academic surgeon and scientist. It is a title held by less than 10 individuals within the entire University . He is the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery and holds a Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedics-the only chair of its kind in Canada. He received his Masters Degree in  Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and his PhD Degree from Goteborg University (Sweden). He  is recognized a global leader in  evidence-based surgery and Orthopaedic research receiving the fields highest awards including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Medal, the Edouard Samson Award, and  the Kappa Delta Award. He has been acknowledged among the top 10 most cited orthopaedic fracture surgeons in the world.  To this end, Dr. Bhandari has published over 1000 papers and has lead edited several of his field’s major research textbooks, including the best seller  “Evidence-Based Orthopaedics”. Receiving over 55 million dollars in research funding over his career. 


Broadly, Dr. Bhandari’s vision for his research program includes the identification and dissemination of novel therapies with high quality collaborative research practices to improve the lives of persons with musculoskeletal trauma.  Three core research themes are operationalized primarily by the conduct of multi-national large randomized trials and large observational cohort studies.

Existing Programs:

Theme I: Road traffic and associated high energy trauma

  1. To explore the factors associated with major outcomes following fracture treatment in low-middle income countries
  2. To compare optimal wound irrigation strategies for the initial treatment of severe open fracture wounds

Theme II: Intentional injuries in women (violence against women, domestic violence)

  1. To examine health outcomes in women experiencing fractures from domestic violence
  2. To develop an educational toolkit to aid physicians in the optimal care of abused women presenting to fracture clinics across Canada and internationally

Theme III: Osteoporotic and low energy trauma in the elderly

  1. To assess the relative impact of hip replacement strategies (total hip versus hemi-arthroplasty) on major health outcomes in individuals with femoral neck fractures
  2. To assess the relative impact of hip fixation strategies (multiple screws versus sliding hip screws) on major health outcomes in individuals with femoral neck fractures

Ongoing Trials and Observational Cohorts

INternational ORthopaedic MUlticenter Study in Fracture Care (INORMUS): A 40, 000 patient, prospective cohort, learn more at :

Program of Randomized trials to Evaluate Pre-operative antiseptic skin solutions In Orthopaedic (PREP-IT): Two partnered trials aiming to enroll 10,000 patients with fractures (PCORI and US Dept of Defense funded) Learn more at: www. 

Fixation Alternatives In The Treatment of Hip Fractures: (FAITH-2) Multinational RCT-CIHR funded/NIH Funded: A pilot feasibility study  of 100 patients to explore fracture fixation in young adults

Hip fracture Evaluation with Alternatives of Total hip arthroplasty vs Hemiarthroplasty (HEALTH): Multinational RCT –A large, multinational trial (CIHR funded/NIH Funded) Learn more at

 Hip ATTACK Multinational Randomized Trial – Timing of surgery in hip fractures learn more:; The pilot RCT was published in 

Prevalence of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Surgical Evaluation (PRAISE-2): Multinationa Cohort Study : A Pilot feasibility cohort 

Knowledge Translation: EDUCATE program (CIHR Funded) : Learn more

The EDUCATE program was designed using the best available evidence by experts in the field of orthopaedics, intimate partner violence, and education.  It uses a multi-faceted approach to deliver training, including: an in-person presentation, videos, case sharing, and interactive discussions.  It also includes three optional online modules that can be completed by individuals who desire additional training.

New Programs for 2019

Theme IV: Degenerative Disease

  1. Novel treatments inthe management of Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joints
  2. Preventive trials on major complications following hip and knee arthroplasty


Dr. Bhandari’s commitment to evidence-based practice, high quality globally relevant research and translation of evidence to patient care has garnered him recent induction into the Province of Ontario’s highest civilian honor: the Order of Ontario and most recently the Canada’s highest honor-The Order of Canada.  He also has been awarded the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s Award of Merit, and McMaster University’s Distiguished Alumni Award and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Council Award for Outstanding Achievement.





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