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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Martin Gargan, MA (Oxon), BM, BCh, FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Division Head
Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery


Phone: 416-813-7981
Email: martin.gargan@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Martin Gargan was educated at St. Peter’s School, York, as a York City Scholar.  He graduated from Oxford in 1984 and completed junior doctor posts in Oxford, Liverpool and Bristol before being awarded his FRCS in 1988. In 1993 he was the General Motors/Royal College of Surgeons Trauma Fellow in Detroit, Michigan.

His postgraduate orthopaedic training was on the Oxford rotation but included a special fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street.  His main mentors were Michael Benson and John Fixsen. He was appointed to join Peter Witherow as a Consultant in Bristol in 1994.

His main clinical and research interests are paediatric orthopaedics and trauma, and specifically surgery for hip dysplasia and cerebral palsy.

Gargan is interested in education and was Programme Director of the South-West Deanery for six years (2002-2008) during which period the programme had 100% success rate in the FRCS (Tr & Orth) examination. He was an examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty examination in trauma and orthopaedics (2001-2007) and also a visiting examiner for a number of other institutions.  He was voted teacher of the year by the Bristol Medical School undergraduates in 2002 and was the BOTA Trainer of the Year (Runner Up – 2008). He was BORG Trainer of the Year, most recently in 2012.

Gargan was the Clinical Director for the Orthopaedic Department of Bristol Royal Infirmary (2002-2004).  He served on the British Orthopaedic Association Medico-Legal Committee from 2004-2012 and was Chairman for the last three years of that tenure.  He is serving a second term on the Committee of BSCOS (British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery).  He has also represented the BOA on CORESS (Confidential Reporting System for Surgery) from 2007 to 2010. He was elected to full BOA Council in 2012.

Gargan is currently the Head of the Division of Orthopaedics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.