Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS)


To be the leading musculoskeletal research society in Canada.



Champion musculoskeletal research through peer-reviewed publications, scientific meetings, technology development and multimedia initiatives.


Facilitate and support interdisciplinary collaborative research between scientists and clinicians in related fields of orthopaedics such as biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, developmental and stem cell biology.

Foster strong relationships with other musculoskeletal research societies in Canada, and orthopaedic research societies worldwide.


Support excellence in musculoskeletal research through recognition, knowledge translation and funding initiatives.


Inspire the pursuit of musculoskeletal research in scientists and clinicians in training.

CORS Programs

The CORS Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the COA Annual Meeting.

In 1994, a lectureship was named in honour of CORS founder, Dr. Ian Macnab. The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Edward H. Simmons at the CORS Annual Meeting that was held in Winnipeg that same year. The lectureship is still continued today.

The CORS Executive reviews the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation’s orthopaedic research grant applications (including the J. Edouard Samson Award), and select the recipient of the CORS Founders’ Medal (most outstanding paper presented at a CORS meeting).


The Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS) was founded on June 18, 1966 in Banff, Alberta by a small group of members of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

Those present were: Dr. W.G. DeHaas of Calgary, Dr. M. Emery of Edmonton, Dr. C.A. Laurin of Montreal, Dr. I. Macnab of Toronto, Dr. J. Robichon of Ottawa, Dr. E.H. Simmons of Toronto, Dr. W.J. Thompson of Vancouver, Dr. A. Trias of Halifax and Dr. H. Uhthoff of Montreal. Dr. Ian Macnab was elected as the founding President at the first CORS meeting held in 1967.

The purpose of the proposed society was to further the advancement of orthopaedic surgery in Canada by stimulation of orthopaedic research. To realize this, the new society aimed to become fully aware of all the types of orthopaedic research in progress in Canada. Their aims included the correlation and support of inter-related projects, the exchange of ideas and methods, the exchange of theoretical and technical ideas in special areas such as biomechanics and histology etc. The purpose also included the recognition by the formation of a society with an annual forum at which papers, reports of work in progress and research methods in related orthopaedic fields would be delivered.

Past CORS Presidents

Dr. Ian  MacnabDr. Cecil H. Rorabeck Dr. Kevin HildebrandDr. Edward H. Simmons
Dr. Norman S. Schachar Dr. Kevin J. DeluzioDr. Jacques Robichon Dr. André A. Czitrom
Dr. Erin L. BoyntonDr. Richard Cruess Dr. A. Robin PooleDr. James A. Johnson
Dr. Antoni Trias Dr. John WedgeDr. Nadr M. JomhaDr. William Kirkaldy-Willis
Dr. Hubert LabelleDr. David R. WilsonDr. Charles SorbieDr. Cyril B. Frank
Dr. Mark GlazebrookDr. Robert W. JacksonDr. J. Bryan FinalyDr. Cari Whyne
Dr. Hans K. Uhthoff Dr. Earl R. Bogoch Dr. John AntoniouDr. Nelson S. Mitchell
Dr. Robert B. Bourne Dr. Steven BoydDr. R. Merv Letts Dr. Robert C. Bray
Dr. Michael J. DunbarDr. Jo MillerDr. J. Timothy BryantDr. Janie Astephen Wilson
Dr. Sun Shik Shim Dr. Max AebiDr. Albert J.M. YeeDr. T. Derek V. Cooke
Dr. Peter J. RoughleyDr. Fackson MwaleDr. André BeaupréDr. Robin R. Richards
Dr. Paul-Edgar BeauléDr. Fred Langer Dr Gail I. Anderson Dr. Rizhi Wang
Dr. William G. DeHaas Dr. Graham J.W. King Dr. Charles H. RivardDr. Thomas Oxland
2021 CORS Founders’ Medal Recipient

The CORS Founders Medal was first introduced in 1982 and awarded to the author of the best paper presented at the CORS Annual Meeting.  Since that time, a long list of leaders in Canadian research have received the Founders’ Medal in recognition of excellence in science and innovation. This year’s winner was selected from the Top Canadian Research Session held during the COA, CORS, and CORA Virtual Annual Meeting and announced later the same day during the CORS Special Session.

CORS awarded the 2021 Founders’ Medal to Dr. Philip Boyer and his team from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON for his presentation and research on “Machine Learning Prediction of Shoulder Patient At-Home Physiotherapy with Inertial Sensors”.

Innovation Highlights (CORS Spring 2020 Newsletter)

COVID-19 brings unprecedented challenges to every one of us. We would like to hear from you and share with you stories of how the orthopaedic community is taking action to face the challenges.

Below are a few news articles highlighting Canadian doctors, researchers and industry making PPE face shields using 3D printing technologies:

Dr. Alexandra Bunting, Dr. Andrew Adamczyk, and Dr. Marie-Claude Magnan in Ottawa, in collaboration with Dr. Hanspeter Frei at Carleton University, get proactive about PPE shortage. 3D-printing doc gets proactive about PPE (CBC May 4, 2020): read the article here.

Burloak Technologies Partners with Mohawk College & NGen to Produce Face Shields for Healthcare Workers (April 15, 2020): read the article here.

University of Waterloo uses 3D printing to help protect front-line medical workers (March 30, 2020): read the article here.


Read the latest updates.

Contact CORS (Research)

The Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS)
4060 St. Catherine West, Suite 620
Westmount, QC H3Z 2Z3

Tel: 514 874-9003 x 7

CORS Executive 2022-23

PresidentPast President
Dr. Joy MacDermidDr. Mario Lamontagne
Program ChairSecretary
Dr. Bheeshma RaviDr. Matthew Teeter