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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Reinhard Zeller, MD, FRCSC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

Phone: 416-813-6265
Fax: 416-813-6414
Email: reinhard.zeller@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Trudi Miller
Alternate Email: trudi.miller@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Reinhard Zeller is head of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at SickKids. He joined the Division of Orthopaedics in October 2006.

His practice focuses on the care of children and adolescents with spinal deformities.

He received his medical degree from the University of Paris and obtained his postgraduate surgical education at the University Hospitals of Paris where he trained with two of the world’s most eminent spine surgeons. He spent most of his professional career in France, having originally trained with Dr. Raymond Roy-Camille. After a fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas in 1992, he returned to work at the Saint Vincent de Paul Hospital with Dr. Jean Dubousset until he joined The Hospital for Sick Children.

In addition to his clinical training, he received a graduate degree in biomechanics from the ENSAM biomechanics laboratory in Paris and has used this knowledge to develop innovative spinal instrumentation techniques.
He is considered an expert in complex paediatric spine surgery where he developed an international practice traveling to many countries to perform complex spine operations and to speak about paediatric spine surgery.

Zeller is on the editorial board for the Spine Deformity Journal (SRS),  and is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. As well, he is a member of the assistant editorial board of the European Spine Journal and of the editorial board of the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. Memberships in organizations include the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS),the American Orthopedic Association (AOA),the Spine Society of Europe (SSE), the Canadian Pediatric Spine Study Group, the French Scoliosis Study Group (GES), the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS).

He is currently a member of the Historical Committee of the Scoliosis Research Society.  

He was elected to join the International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank, a select group of paediatric orthopaedists who are elected based on their demonstrated innovations and leadership in paediatric orthopaedics.

Research Interests

Management of spinal deformities in children and adolescents

Future Research Interests

Develop innovative treatments for complex spinal deformities with a special interest in robotic implants and fusionless techniques


1990 - Parisian Surgical Residency Excellence Award

2004 - German Paediatric Orthopaedic Society Medal Award for outstanding contributions to Paediatric Orthopaedics


Skalli W, Zeller RD, Miladi L, Bourcereau G, Savidan M, Lavaste F, Dubousset J. Importance of Pelvic Compensation in Posture and Motion After Posterior Spinal Fusion Using CD Instrumentation for Idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine 31, E359–E366. (2006)

Zeller RD, Dubousset J. Progressive rotational dislocation in kyphoscoliotic deformities: presentation and treatment. Spine 25, 1092-7. (2000)

Barthes X, Walter B, Zeller R, Dubousset JF. Biomechanical behaviour in vitro of the spine and lumbosacral junction. Surg Radiol Anat 21, 377-81 (1999).

Miladi LT, Ghanem IB, Draoui MM, Zeller RD, Dubousset, JF. Iliosacral screw fixation for pelvic obliquity in neuromuscular scoliosis. A long-term follow-up study. Spine 22, 1722-9. (1997).

Ployon A, Lavaste F, Maurel N, Skalli W, Roland-Gosselin A, Dubousset J, Zeller R. In vivo experimental research into pre- and postoperative behavior of scoliotic spine. Human Movement Science 1997; Volume 16, Numbers 2-3

Zeller RD, Zacouto FI, Canal JAA, Dubousset J. Perspectives of an active orthopaedic implant providing variable dimensions for spinal surgery. Reanimation and Artificial Organs 1997, Vol.12, Nr.1, p.2-7.

Zeller RD, Ghanem I, Dubousset J. Congenital Dislocated Spine. Spine 21, 1235-1240 (1996)

Zeller RD, Ghanem I, Miladi L, Dubousset J. Posterior Spinal Fusion in Neuromuscular Scoliosis using a Tibial Strut Graft: Results of a Long-Term Follow-Up. Spine 19, 1628-1631 (1994)

Zeller RD, Ghanem I, Miladi L, Dubousset J. Posterior Spinal Fusion in Neuromuscular Scoliosis using a Tibial Strut Graft: Results of a Long-Term Follow-Up. Spine 19, 1628-1631 (1994)