Thomas Oxland


Orthopaedic Research

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Dr. Thomas Oxland is a Professor of Orthopaedics and Mechanical Engineering at UBC. He is a biomedical engineer with research expertise in orthopaedic biomechanics. His specific areas of focus include the biomechanical aspects of the spine and spinal injury as well as orthopaedic implants. He served UBC Ortho as the Director of Orthopaedic Engineering Research from 1997 through 2009 and then the Associate Head – Research from 2009 until 2022.  He has also served as the Acting Director and as an Associate Director in the ICORD Research Centre.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of Canada.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics of spinal cord injury
  • Biomechanical modelling of the spine
  • Paraspinal muscle in adult deformity


Shaikh N, Zhang H, Brown SHM, Shewchuk JR, Vawda Z, Zhou H, Street J, Wilson DR, Oxland TR. The effect of posture on lumbar muscle morphometry from upright MRI. Eur Spine J. 2020 Apr 25; 29(9):2306-2318. PMID: 32335742

Whyte T, Melnyk AD, Van Toen C, Yamamoto S, Street J, Oxland TR, Cripton PA. A neck compression injury criterion incorporating lateral eccentricity. Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 28;10(1):7114. PMID: 32346007

Speidel J, Mattucci S, Liu J, Kwon BK, Tetzlaff W, Oxland TR. The Effect of Velocity and Duration of Residual Compression in a Rat Dislocation Spinal Cord Injury Model. J Neurotrauma. 2020 Jan 17; 37(9):1140-1148. PMID: 31950856

Mattucci S, Speidel J, Liu J, Kwon BK, Tetzlaff W, Oxland TR. Basic Biomechanics of SCI – how injuries happen in people and how animal models have informed our understanding. Clin Biomech 2018 Apr 9; 64: 58-68. PMID: 29685426

Malakoutian M, Street J, Wilke HJ, Stavness I, Dvorak M, Fels S, Oxland T. Role of muscle damage on loading at the level adjacent to a lumbar spine fusion: a biomechanical analysis. Eur Spine J. 2016 Sep;25(9):2929-37. PMID: 27465240

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Academic Background

  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • MASc, Yale University
  • BASc, University of Waterloo