David Wilson


Orthopaedic Research

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Centre for Aging SMART at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Dr. David Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UBC. He received his D. Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford for work on the 3-dimensional kinematics of the knee, followed by postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School. His research interests include osteoarthritis, joint reconstruction/replacement, and medical imaging. Dr. Wilson is renowned for his research on the links between joint mechanics and joint health.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Hip, knee and spine mechanics
  • Causes and treatments of osteoarthritis
  • Medical imaging and medical image processing
  • Orthopaedic sports medicine


Wilson DR, McWalter EJ, Johnston JD. (2013) The measurement of joint mechanics and their role in osteoarthritis genesis and progression. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. 39(1):21-44. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2012.11.002. PubMed PMID: 23312409.

Amiri S, Masri BA, Garbuz D, Anglin C, Wilson DR. (2012) A multiplanar radiography method for assessing cup orientation in total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 134(10):101008. doi: 10.1115/1.4007664. PubMed PMID: 23083199.

d’Entremont AG, Nordmeyer-Massner JA, Bos C, Wilson DR, Pruessmann KP. (2012) Do dynamic-based MR knee kinematics methods produce the same results as static methods? Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24425. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22847783.

Hacihaliloglu I, Wilson DR, Gilbart M, Hunt MA, Abolmaesumi P. (2012) Non-iterative partial view 3D ultrasound to CT registration in ultrasound-guided computer-assisted orthopedic surgery. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22622884.

Wilson DC, Connolly RJ, Zhu Q, Emery JL, Kingwell SP, Kitchel S, Cripton PA, Wilson DR. (2012) An ex vivo biomechanical comparison of a novel vertebral compression fracture treatment system to kyphoplasty. Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon). 27(4):346-53. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2011.11.001. PubMed PMID: 22154510.

Johnston JD, Kontulainen SA, Masri BA, Wilson DR. (2011) Predicting subchondral bone stiffness using a depth-specific CT topographic mapping technique in normal and osteoarthritic proximal tibiae. Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon). [Epub ahead of print]

McWalter EJ, Hunter DJ, Harvey WF, McCree P, Hirko KA, Felson DT, Wilson DR. (2011) The effect of a patellar brace on three-dimensional patellar kinematics in patients with lateral patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage..19(7):801-8.

Pollard TC, McNally EG, Wilson DC, Wilson DR, Mädler B, Watson M, Gill HS, Carr AJ. (2010) Localized cartilage assessment with three-dimensional dGEMRIC in asymptomatic hips with normal morphology and cam deformity. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery [Am]. 92(15):2557-69. PMID: 21048174

Greaves LL, Gilbart MK, Yung AC, Kozlowski P, Wilson DR. (2010) Effect of acetabular labral tears, repair and resection on hip cartilage strain: A 7T MR study. Journal of Biomechanics. 43(5):858-63.

McWalter EJ, Hunter DJ, Wilson DR. (2010) The effect of load magnitude on three-dimensional patellar kinematics in vivo. Journal of Biomechanics. 43(10):1890-7. PubMed PMID: 20413124.

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Teaching Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Design
  • Research Methods

Academic Background

  • PhD Philosophy, Oxford University, 1996
  • BEng, McGill University, 1991