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About Sickkids
About SickKids

James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FRCSEd

The Hospital for Sick Children
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor
Department of Surgery

Adjunct Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluations

Other Positions
University of Oxford
Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Email: james.wright@sickkids.ca

External Email: james.wright@ndorms.ox.ac.uk
Alternate Contact: Joasia Hewanicka
Alternate Email: joasia.hewanicka@ndorms.ox.ac.uk

Brief Biography

Dr. James G. Wright is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with SickKids and adjunct Senior Scientist within the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at the SickKids Research Institute. Concurrently, he is an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford. 

Wright is 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.

Previously, Dr. James G. Wright, as Chief of Perioperative Services at SickKids, was responsible for six surgical divisions (Cardiovascular, General, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic, Plastic and Urology) and five departments (Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Dentistry, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology). Perioperative Services staff members are engaged in highly complex clinical care, basic and clinical research, undergraduate and postgraduate education and numerous administrative responsibilities. Wright was also Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery and Vice-President, Medical.

Areas of Specialty

  • Spina bifida
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Primary and recurrent clubfeet
  • Scoliosis
  • Other foot disorders

Research Interests

  • Measurement of physical function in children
  • Evaluation of orthopaedic treatments
  • Patient-specific outcome measures
  • Unmet need and disparity in health care

Research Activities 

Wright’s research focuses on the development of measures to evaluate surgical therapy, randomized clinical trials, 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.  He held the Robert B. Salter Chair of Paediatric Surgical Research and has published articles in more than 230 peer-reviewed publications, including in Lancet, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the British Medical Journal. In addition to his hospital and administrative activities, he served as Associate Editor for the Evidence Based Orthopaedic Section of the American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2000-2012, and was Chair of the Research Council for the Pediatric Society of North America in 2006-2010.

Dr. Wright won the Robert B. Salter Excellence in Orthopaedic Education Award in May of 1997 and is active in resident education. Since 1994 he has served as primary or secondary supervisor for more than 30 MSc or PhD students. The group has two ongoing randomized trials; evaluating botulism toxin for clubfoot and surgical treatments for simple bone cysts. He has an h-index of 71 with more than 20000 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.


Orrell K, Yankanah R, Heon E, Wright JG. A small grant funding program to promote innovation at an academic research hospital. Can J Surg. 2015 Oct;58(5):294-5.

Khoshbin A, So JP, Aleem IS, Stephens D, Matlow AG, Wright JG; SickKids Surgical Site Infection Task Force. Antibiotic Prophylaxis to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Children: A Prospective Cohort Study. Ann Surg. 2015 Aug;262(2):397-402.

Szynkaruk M, Stephens D, Borschel GH, Wright JG. Socioeconomic status and wait times for pediatric surgery in Canada. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):e504-11.

Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Wright JG, Dobbs MB. Effects of bracing in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 17;369(16):1512-21.

Ahn H, Kreder H, Mahomed N, Beaton D, Wright JG. Empirically derived maximal acceptable wait time for surgery to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. CMAJ. 2011 Jun 14;183(9):E565-70. Epub 2011 May 2.

Wright JG, Menaker RJ. Waiting for children's surgery in Canada: the Canadian Paediatric Surgical Wait Times project. Canadian Paediatric Surgical Wait Times Study Group. CMAJ. 2011 Jun 14;183(9):E559-64. Epub 2011 May 2.

Borkhoff CM, Hawker GA, Wright JG. Patient gender affects the referral and recommendation for total joint arthroplasty. CMAJ. 2011 Jun 14;183(9):E565-70. Epub 2011 May 2.

Wright JG, Wang EEL, Owen JL, Stephens D, Graham HK, Hanlon M, Nattrass GR, Reynolds RAK, Coyte PC. Treatments for paediatric femoral fractures: a randomized trial. Lancet. 04/2005;365:1153-1158.

Temple LKF, McLeod RS, Gallinger S, Wright JG. Defining disease in the genomic era. Science. 08/2001; 293:807-808.

Hawker GA, Wright JG, Coyte PC, Williams JI, Harvey B, Glazier R, Badley EM. Differences between men and women in the use of total joint arthroplasty. N Engl J Med. 04/2000;342(14):1012-1022.

A detailed list of Dr. Wright's publications can be found on PubMed.

View Dr. Wright’s profile at the University of Oxford.