David Stockton


Orthopaedic Trauma

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Vancouver General Hospital

David is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UBC and an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. He completed medical training at the University of Toronto followed by residency at UBC. While in residency, David completed a Master of Applied Science degree through the UBC Clinician Investigator Program. He traveled to Baltimore for a fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Centre at the University of Maryland. David is an active member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

David’s clinical practice and research focuses on challenging fractures in orthopaedic trauma. He treats patients with a wide spectrum of injury including peri-articular fractures, pelvic and acetabulum fractures, and patients with mangled extremities. He has clinical and academic interest in post-traumatic sequelae including nonunion, malunion, and infection. He applies his clinical and research interests both locally and globally as a member of the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedics Program (USTOP). David has collaborated with Engineers in Imaging Biomechanics to study injuries to knee ligaments using upright MRI, and is interested in novel applications for weight-bearing imaging and monitoring for patients with fractures. He works with engineering trainees, graduate students, clinical residents, and other allied researchers to pursue this research.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Clinical orthopaedic trauma
  • Biomechanical imaging in trauma
  • Weight bearing after lower extremity fractures


Stockton, D. J., O’Hara, N. N., Slobogean, G. B., Lee, C., O’Toole, R. V., and the Distal Femur Fracture Working Group. Technical factors contributing to nonunion in supracondylar distal femur fractures treated with lateral locked plating: A risk-stratified analysis. J Orthop Trauma, 2023 Aug 3. PMID: 37559208

Kisitu, D. K., O’Hara, N. N., Slobogean, G. P., Howe, A. L., Blachut, P. A., O’Brien, P. J., Stockton, D. J. Unreamed intramedullary nailing versus external fixation for the treatment of open tibial shaft fractures in Uganda: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2022; 36(9): 349-357. PMID: 35234730

Stockton, D. J., Schmidt, A. M., Yung, A., Desrochers, J., Zhang, H., Masri, B. A., Wilson, D. R. Tibiofemoral contact and alignment in patients with ACL rupture treated nonoperatively versus reconstruction: An Upright, Open MRI study. The Bone & Joint Journal. 2021 Sep; 103-B(9): 1505-1513. PMID: 34465147

Kisitu, D. K., Stockton, D. J., O’Hara, N. N., Slobogean, G. P., Howe, A. L., Marinos, D., Peck, C., Blachut, P. A., O’Brien, P. J. The feasibility of a randomized controlled trial for open tibial fractures at a regional hospital in Uganda. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 2019 May 15; 101(10): e44. PMID: 31094991

Stockton, D. J., O’Hara, L. M., O’Hara, N. N., Lefaivre, K. A., O’Brien, P. J., Slobogean G. P. High rate of reoperation and conversion to total hip arthroplasty after internal fixation of young femoral neck fractures: A population-based study of 796 patients. Acta Orthopaedica. 2019 Feb; 90(1): 21-25. PMID: 30712497

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

Teaching Interests

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Fracture biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic research methods

Academic Background

  • Fellow in Orthopaedic Traumatology, University of Maryland, 2022
  • FRCSC Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of British Columbia, 2021
  • MASc Biomedical Engineering, The University of British Columbia, 2019
  • MD Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto, 2014
  • BSc (Hons), University of Victoria, 2009