Bassam Masri


Reconstruction & Oncology

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Vancouver General Hospital

Dr. Masri joined the Department of Orthopaedics at UBC as a Clinical Instructor and as a hip and knee reconstruction surgeon at VGH as well as a musculoskeletal oncologist at both Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and the BC Cancer Agency. He then progressed through the ranks and became Head of the Division of Reconstructive Orthopaedics at VGH and UBC Hospitals, and Head of the Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction and Oncology at UBC. His current academic rank is that of Professor at UBC. He was the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and VGH and UBC Hospitals, having served since April 1, 2007, and completed his term at the end of 2020.

Dr. Masri has been involved in multiple research projects leading to numerous presentation and publication. At last count, he has almost 500 invited presentations, 300 scientific presentation, 240 peer-reviewed published articles, two patents and 60 book chapters. He has been invited professor or speaker on 210 occasions. He has been involved in the supervision of 8 Masters and PhD students, and two post-doctoral fellows. He has also been involved in the training of over 130 fellows from around the world, in addition to many more resident at UBC.

Dr. Masri has served as Surgeon-in-Chief of VGH and UBC Hospitals from 2011 until 2018. He also founded the UBC Centre for Surgical Innovation in 2006 and was its head until it was absorbed as a part of UBC Hospital in 2017. He also served as the Regional Medical Director for Surgical Services for The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, which involved the primarily urban areas of the Greater Vancouver area, from 2015-2018. Dr. Masri has also served on many local, regional and national committees related to academic and administrative issues. He served as President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association 2014-2015. He is a member of a number of prestigious scholarly societies (by invitation only) including the Hip Society, the Knee Society and the International Hip Society. In addition, he is a member of many other societies.

Along with colleagues from UBC, he has been the recipient of the Hip Society Charnley Award on two occasions and the Hip Society Stinchfield Award on one occasion. Along with his team, he was also the recipient of the Second Innovation Academy Award by the International Consortium on Prevention & Infection Control, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2013. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Cy Frank Award to recognizing excellence in innovation; Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation in conjunction with the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS), 2017, among many other honours and awards. In November 2017, Dr. Masri was the recipient of the Pier Giorgio Marchetti, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award by an International Alumnus from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Quality of life after joint replacement
  • Innovation in joint replacement
  • Infected total joint arthroplasty
  • Fractures after joint replacement


Duncan CP, Masri BA. Fractures of the femur after hip replacement. Instr Course Lect 44,293-304, 1995.

Garbuz DS, Tanzer M, Greidanus NV, Masri BA, Duncan CP: The John Charnley Award: Metal-on-metal hip resurfacing versus large-diameter head metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty: a randomized clinical trial.; Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Feb;468(2):318-325.

Garbuz DS, Hargreaves BA, Duncan CP, Masri BA, Wilson DR, Forster BB; The John Charnley Award: Diagnostic Accuracy of MRI Versus Ultrasound for Detecting Pseudotumors in Asymptomatic Metal-on-Metal THA.,Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Feb;472(2):417-23

Kilb BKJ, Kurmis AP, Parry M, Sherwood K, Keown P, Masri BA, Duncan CP, Garbuz DS: Frank Stinchfield Award: Identification of the At-risk Genotype for Development of Pseudotumors Around Metal-on-metal THAs; Clin Orthop relat Res. 2018 Feb; 476(2):230-241

Agrawal Y, Smith RM, Garbuz DS, Masri BA. Opioids in Arthroplast. Mind the Gap Between North America and the Rest of the World. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Dec 19;100(24):2162-2171. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.17.01422. PMID 30562297

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Academic Background

  • FRCS(C)
  • MD