Kelly A. Lefaivre


Orthopaedic Trauma

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Vancouver Acute

Dr. Lefaivre contributes excellence in teaching, research, and clinical care to the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma in the Department of Orthopaedics. Her clinical interests include care of the injured patient, and the reconstruction of post-traumatic conditions and deformity. She also has an interest and specific expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of pelvic and acetabulum injuries and the treatment of post-traumatic conditions of the pelvis. Her research has earned her a reputation as an expert in the measurement of outcome following trauma, as well as the longitudinal trajectory of recovery following injury. She is the PI of a large multi-centre RCT which is ongoing. Dr. Lefaivre is a dedicated educator, and the recipient of the UBC Resident Teaching Award in 2019. She has supervised more than 100 peer reviewed presentations and publications for residents and fellows. She also brings an interest and expertise in issues related to diversity in Surgery.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Outcome and measurement following orthopaedic trauma
  • Clinical trials in orthopaedic trauma
  • Fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum
  • Systematic review and meta analysis


Lefaivre KA, Slobogean GS, Starr AJ, O’Brien PJ, Guy P, Macadam SA. (2012). Methodology and Interpretation of Radiographic Outcomes in Surgically Treated Pelvic Fractures: A Systematic Review. J Orthop Trauma: Aug 26(8):474-81

Lefaivre KA, Slobogean GS. Understanding and Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses in Orthopaedics. (2013) J Am Acad Orthop Surg. Apr;21(4):245-55.

Lefaivre KA, Slobogean GP, Ngai JT, Broekhuyse HM, O’Brien PJ.(2014) What outcomes are important for patients following pelvic trauma? Subjective responses and psychometric analysis of three published pelvic outcome instruments. J Orthop Trauma. Jan; 28(1): 23-7.

Lefaivre KA, Blachut PA, Starr AJ, Slobogean GS, O’Brien PJ. (2014) Radiographic Displacement in Pelvic Ring Disruption: Reliability of Three Previously Described Measurement Techniques. J Orthop Trauma Mar; 28(3): 160-6

Neufeld ME, Broekhuyse HM, O’Brien PJ, Guy P, Lefaivre KA (2019). The Longitudinal Short, Medium, and Long-Term Functional Recovery After Unstable Pelvic Ring Injuries . J Orthop Trauma. Dec; 33(12):608-613

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Academic Background

  • MSc Epidemiology, Harvard University
  • Adult Trauma Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern
  • FRCSC Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of British Columbia
  • MD, The University of British Columbia
  • BSc, Queens University