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Dr. David Pichora appointed as Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research

  • Published Fri Oct 30th 2015

    Dr. David R. Pichora appointed as the inaugural Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University.



    Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. David R. Pichora as the inaugural Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for a five-year period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020.

    After graduating with his Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University in 1978, Dr. Pichora completed his orthopaedic training at Queen’s in 1984. He went on to complete postgraduate fellowships in Trauma, Orthopaedic, and Hand Surgery at Sunnybrook Medical Centre in 1985, and Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1986.

    Dr. Pichora returned to Queen’s as an academic surgeon in 1986 and has been making outstanding contributions locally, nationally, and internationally ever since. He was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery and granted tenure in 1998. Dr. Pichora is an active researcher, with particular interest in 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.

    From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Pichora was the Medical Co-Director of Kingston General Hospital’s Regional Trauma Service. From 1993 to 1998, he served as the Program Director in Orthopaedics, and served as the Chairman of the Division from 1994 to 2009. 

    In 2004, Dr. Pichora was appointed the Chief of Staff at Hotel Dieu Hospital and in 2009 he was asked to lead the hospital as its Chief Executive Officer, a position he still holds. 

    Established in 2014, The Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research will help to attract and support clinician scientists, enable clinical research, enhance a culture of collaborative, trans-disciplinary investigation, and strengthen Queen’s reputation as a leading research institution that is committed to biomedical science.