McMaster University

McMaster University

Mohit Bhandari

Mohit Bhandari Title of presentation

"Surgical Trials and Tribulations"


Surgical trials present unique and often difficult challenges in their design and execution. From early small single center initiatives to the modern mulitnational trials, surgeons continue to struggle with issues of expertise, relevant outcomes, and blinding, and financial conflicts of interest. Using the example of orthopaedic trials, the landscape of early trials, lessons learned and modern day approaches to overcome the challenges will be presented.


Mohit Bhandari is an Associate Professor and Associate Head, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma and Surgical Outcomes. A University of Toronto medical graduate, Dr. Bhandari completed his orthopaedic surgical training and master's of health research methodology at McMaster University and subspecialty trauma training at the University of Minnesota. Over the last decade, he has focused his research on the design and conduct of surgical trials in musculoskeletal trauma. He has received the Canadian Orthopaedic Association's highest research honor: Eduoard Samson Award (2004), the Royal College Medal in Surgery (2009) and  the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons top research award -Kappa Delta Award (2010).

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