Robert McCormack



Hospital Site:
Fraser – Royal Columbian & Eagle Ridge Hospitals

Dr. McCormack is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. His clinical practice focuses on knee and shoulder injuries with sub-specialty interest, and research activities, in the area of articular cartilage regeneration and ligament reconstruction. He is active in sports medicine and cares for athletes at the university, national and professional levels. This includes the varsity athletes at three universities (in both U Sports and the NCAA).

At the professional level Dr. McCormack is the head physician for the BC Lions (CFL), is the Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS) and works as a consultant for the NHL/NHLPA. He is a physician for several national teams, in both summer and winter sports and has been part of the medical team at numerous international multi-sport events (including ten Olympic Games). He has been the head physician for the Canadian Olympic team since 2004, most recently was the Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea. He is on the PASO medical commission, for the Pan Am Games was the Medical Director for the Canadian Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2019.

In his research role, Dr. McCormack is the Director of the Simon Fraser Orthopaedic Research Foundation, which concentrates on prospective randomized trials in Orthopaedics. He was also one of the founders of the COTS and JOINTS groups for multi-center Canadian research.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Athletic Injuries
  • Articular Cartilage
  • Knee Ligaments

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

Academic Background

  • MD