Babak Shadgan


Orthopaedic Research

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Dr. Babak Shadgan is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a faculty member at the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering, and a principal investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), where he is directing the Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory. 

He is a medical doctor specialized in Sports and Exercise Medicine, graduated from the Queen Mary College of the University of London with a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from UBC. He completed an AO/ASIF Fellowship in Osteosynthesis at the Center for Diagnosis and Out-patient Surgery”, Freiburg, Germany, and a fellowship on NIRS-Diffused Optical Tomography at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of Harvard University. His post-doctoral fellowship at UBC was focused on remote optical monitoring of muscle dysfunction in people with spinal cord injury.

With over two decades of medical practice and research, he has developed a specific knowledge in clinical biophotonics with a unique integrated transitional bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside approach. His current research is focused on the design and development of transcutaneous and implantable biosensors and interventions for continuous monitoring of skeletal muscles, the spinal cord, free tissue flaps, and internal organ hemodynamics, metabolism and function. 

Dr. Shadgan is a fellow, an instructor, and a conference chair at the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He is an advocator of multidisciplinary networking and collaborations between biomedical engineering and clinical scientists for innovative and applied technology development in medicine. 

As an Olympic sports physician, leading Medical & Anti-Doping Commission of the International Olympic-Styles Wrestling (UWW), Dr. Shadgan has been serving elite athletes at world championships and Olympic Games since 2002. He is currently involved in the special preparation of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games under the COVID-19 situation. Dr. Shadgan is also actively working on designing and developing novel wearable biosensors and their applications in sports and exercise medicine.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Implantable Biosensor Development
  • Wearable and Transcutaneous Bio-sensing Interventions
  • Clinical Optics and Biophotonics
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine
  • Neuroprotection
  • Translational research

For more information regarding Dr. Shadgan’s published research, please click here.

Academic Background

  • Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
  • Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Biophotonics, The University of British Columbia
  • Diffused Optical Tomography Fellowship, Martinos Center, Harvard University
  • PhD Muscle Biophysics, The University of British Columbia
  • MSc Sports Medicine, The University of London
  • MD, Tehran Azad University