David R. Pichora, MD, FRCSC - Orthopaedic, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery


Dr. David Pichora reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Pichora is a Professor in the departments of Surgery and Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is also a member of the board of directors for Queen's University's Human Mobility and Research Center. Dr. Pichora's clinical interests include the hand and upper extremity, reconstructive microsurgery, orthopaedic trauma, and the elbow. His research interests include computer-assisted surgery, wrist and shoulder biomechanics, kinematic studies of the rheumatoid wrist, 3D motion and imaging studies of the upper extremity, and clinical outcome studies in orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Pichora is a past President of the Ontario Orthopaedic Association.

Education and Training

MD: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1978

Residency in Department of Surgery: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1974–1978

Residency in Core Surgery: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1978–1980

Residency in General Surgery: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1980–1981

Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1981–1984

Fellowship in Trauma, Orthopaedic, and Hand Surgery: University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Medical Center, 1984–1985

Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery: University of Alabama, Section of Hand Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Birmingham, AL, 1985–1986


Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Academic Appointments

Queen's University, Kingston, ON:

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 1999–present
  • Professor, Department of Surgery, 1998–present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, 1992–1998
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, 1986–1992

Financial Disclosure

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This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.