Thomas Oxland


Orthopaedic Research

Hospital Site:
Vancouver – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Dr. Thomas Oxland is a Professor of Orthopaedics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He also serves as the Associate Head – Research in the Department of Orthopaedics at Vancouver General Hospital, and an Associate Director in the ICORD Research Centre. 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 is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, 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. doi: 10.1007/s00586-020-06409-4. [Epub ahead of print]

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. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-63974-w.

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. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6747. [Epub ahead of print]

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. pii: S0268-0033(18)30262-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.03.020.

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. doi: 10.1007/s00586-016-4686-y]

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Academic Background

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