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Profile of Dr James G Wright

Dr James G Wright

Full name
James G Wright
Job title
Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Special interests
Spina Bifida, neuromuscular conditions, primary and recurrent clubfeet, other foot disorders


Dr. Wright received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1981, a rotating internship at Dalhousie University in 1982, and completed his orthopedic surgical training from the University of Toronto in 1988. He completed an MPH from Yale University in 1991. He completed clinical fellowships in pediatric orthopedic surgery at SickKids and The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia in 1988/89. He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program from Yale School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Alvan Feinstein in 1991.


Dr. Wright's areas of research include studying the characteristics of health and disease and the outcomes of treatment modalities in children. Dr. Wright is engaged in two ongoing randomized trials focused on evaluating botulism toxin for clubfoot and surgical treatments for simple bone cysts. Dr. Wright has served as primary or secondary supervisor for more than 30 MSc and PhD students.


Dr Wright is a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon and Scientist well known for his advancement of evidence based orthopaedics and national leadership in improving access to childrens' surgery.

Early in his career he made contributions to the development of measures to evaluate surgical therapy, and evaluating unmet need and disparity in the use of orthopaedic procedures.

He has performed some of the first international multi-centre clinical trials evaluating orthopaedic treatments for children.

Dr. Wright is currently a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculosceletal Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Before moving to Oxford, Dr. Wright worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada for 24 years. Dr. Wright held a variety of leadership roles during his tenure. From 1999-2015 he was the R.B. Salter chair in Paediatric Surgical Research. From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Wright served as Surgeon-in-Chief and concurrently, from 2007 to 2015 he was Chief of Perioperative Services. During the latter part of his senior leadership at SickKids he also served as Vice-President, Medical for the hospital (2012-2014). Dr. Wright is a senior scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program in SickKids Research Institute, a program he lead from 1999-2004. At the University of Toronto, Dr. Wright is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery, Department of Public Health Sciences, and Department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluations.

In addition to his hospital and administrative activities, Dr. Wright was the inaugural Associate Editor for Evidence Based Orthopedics of the American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In this role he introduced an Evidence-based section of Orthopedics. In conjunction with the AAOS he modified the Oxford Levels of Evidence for orthopaedics. Every published article in JBJS since 2003 has been accompanied with a Level of Evidence rating, a process now ubiquitous among orthopaedic journals. He edited a 100-chapter book entitled Evidence-based Orthopedics; The best answers to clinical questions. This text, also translated into Chinese, used standardised systematic overviews to answer using Grades of Recommendations a common orthopaedic clinical question in each of the 100 chapters. As a member of the Paediatric Society of North America, he chaired the Clinical Trials committee and served as Chair of the Research Council for 4 years. As a leader in paediatric surgery in Canada, Dr. Wright chaired the Paediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada from 2010 to 2014. Before becoming Chair, he led, with colleagues, the development of the first ever comprehensive National paediatric wait times access targets for surgery (Pediatric

As lead of the Canadian Pediatric wait time strategy, he applied PCATS to more than 200,000 children waiting for surgery across Canada; This project was awarded the IPAC Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award in 2009.

Dr. Wright has published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles - including Lancet, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the British Medical Journal - and has contributed to over 15 books. He has an h index of 70 with more than 18000 citations.


  • CORE-ACORE Research Award. Canadian Orthopaedic Association, 1992.
  • Rockefeller Residency. Bellagio Study and Conference Centre. Bellagio, Italy. April 26-May 25, 1996.
  • George Armstrong Peters Prize (for young investigators who have shown outstanding productivity during his/her initial period as an independent investigator as evidenced by research publications in peer-reviewed journals, grants held, and students trained). University of Toronto. May 10, 1996.
  • ABC Travelling Fellowship. Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. April 5-May 22, 1997.
  • Robert B. Salter Excellence in Orthopaedic Education Award. May 7, 1997.
  • J. Edouard Samson Award - Canadian Orthopaedic Association Premier Annual Research Award in recognition of the best orthopaedic research realized during the year at a Canadian centre. "Outcomes research in orthopaedics". February 12, 1998.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 1998 Annual Medal Award in Surgery. (This award provides national recognition for original work by trained clinical investigators). April 21, 1998.
  • Robert B. Salter Endowed Chair in Paediatric Surgical Research. April 1, 1999.
  • Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award - Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. (The highest research award of POSNA.) May 2001.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society Kappa Delta Award (The highest award of the Orthopaedic Research Society). February 2002.
  • Lister Prize for 2001/2002 Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. (Awarded to an investigator who has shown outstanding and continuing productivity of international stature as evidenced by research.) May 10, 2002.
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Quality of Life Research Award. February 3, 2005.