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Dr. Veronica Wadey, BPHE, B.Ed. MD, MA, FRCSC

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Holland Centre
43 Wellesley Street East, Room 621
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1H1

Phone: 416-967-8615
Fax: 416-967-8622

Administrative Assistant: Rosa Mandarano
Phone: 416-967-8615
Fax: 416-967-8622

Dr. Wadey sub-specializes in lower extremity reconstruction of the hip and knee including knee arthroscopy. She completed her medical degree and orthopaedic residency at the University of Calgary. She spent more than two years at Stanford University as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada medical education travelling fellow. Dr. Wadey also completed a fellowship in soft tissue knee reconstruction arthroscopy and research in musculoskeletal conditions at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration at Laval University in Quebec City.

She joined Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2007 and is an associate professor at the University of Toronto.


  • M.D., University of Calgary, Canada
  • Orthopaedic residency, University of Calgary
  • Clinical fellowship, soft tissue knee reconstruction arthroscopy, research in musculoskeletal conditions, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Laval University, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Associate professor, University of Toronto
  • Associate program director, orthopaedic residency training program, Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Chair, continuing professional development committee, Canadian Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, working task force committee, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellowship coordinator (oversees arthroplasty, lower extremity trauma, upper extremity trauma, spine and sports injury), Holland Bone and Joint Program, Sunnybrook
  • Fellowship supervisor, arthroplasty fellowship program, Holland Centre, Sunnybrook
  • Volunteer medical officer, St. John’s Ambulance, York Region Branch
  • Over two years as Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada medical education travelling fellow, Stanford University

Research Foci:

Dr. Wadey’s clinical research is focused on the investigation of structural and functional changes following total hip replacement surgery, to identify contributing factors to explain the effect of structure, mobility, and strength on neuromuscular function to maintain stability when walking for patients having total hip replacement surgery.

Educational Research:

Dr. Wadey’s research in medical education involves work in the area of musculoskeletal health.

Specific to curricula development, she worked collaboratively with physicians/surgeons across Canada to validate a Canadian core curriculum for musculoskeletal health (MSK) utilizing the WHO undergraduate core curriculum recommendations and this curriculum was disseminated to all 17 medical schools across Canada to use as they saw fit (J. of Rheum 2007).

In addition, she worked collaboratively with orthopaedic surgeons across Canada and was the lead educational researcher for the establishment and validation of core competencies for orthopaedic surgery in Canada (JBJS-Br 2009) and was invited to be a working group member of the RCPSC orthopaedic specialty committee working group to write the orthopaedic surgery objectives for the RCPSC in CanMeds format. These objectives were subsequently used by the University of Toronto orthopaedic residency training program to develop the 21 module competency based curriculum and procedure logbook which has recently undergone a 5 year pilot project and was integrated fully for all residents to experience. Based on this framework, Dr. Wadey developed and implemented an MSK medicine module as part of the CBC orthopaedic program. This module incorporates 6 disciplines outside of orthopaedic surgery that would provide the residents with focused learning environment for content pertaining to osteoporosis/metabolic bone disease; infectious diseases, skeletal dysplasia/genetics; chronic pain management; assessment of mobility and neurologic compromise of the MSK systems. She is also co-supervising graduate students in the area of medical education and in particular curricula and assessment development.

In 2015 she was appointed the inaugural associate program director for the orthopaedic residency training program with the sole portfolio of assessment and evaluation for orthopaedic surgery residents. Educational research is being undertaken to inform processes for centralization of evaluation of competencies within both the cognitive and technical domains while incorporating the competency by design format of the RCPSC. Dr. Wadey is collaborating with Dr. Nousiainen, the current program director and the RCPSC orthopaedic surgery specialty committee (chair: Dr. W. Kraemer) to further develop and refine clinical assessment outcome measures that will measure professional activities of residents under the new framework of competency by design set out by the RCPSC.

In 2012, Dr Wadey was appointed the fellowship supervisor of the arthroplasty fellowship program at the Holland Centre with the sole mandate of developing and organizing program development. Dr. Wadey collaborated with the Canadian Arthroplasty Society (CAS) to validate a national curriculum for arthroplasty fellowship training in Canada which outlines the content currently used to educate arthroplasty fellows.

In 2014, she was appointed fellowship coordinator of Sunnybrok's Holland Bone and Joint program overseeing five sections of fellowship programs (arthroplasty, LE trauma, UE trauma, spine and sports) within the MSK program. In collaboration with the various fellowship supervisors/faculty members, a unified approach to assembling the fellows for academic activities has been established.

Clinical Research:

Dr. Wadey’s clinical research collaboration is targeted to investigate structural and functional changes following total hip replacement surgery. The project is designed to identify contributing factors to explain the effect of structure, mobility, and strength on neuromuscular function to maintain stability when walking for patients having total hip replacement surgery. Understanding why patients may trip and fall may potentially allow us to develop protocols to provide patients after hip replacement surgery to prevent falls and further co-morbidity such as periprosthetic fractures or other injuries. This area of study may ultimately have a significant impact on overall patient care and safety. Results from this work will most certainly contribute towards enhancing clinical outcomes for patients while promoting and optimizing patient safety strategies with the ultimate reduction of economic burden to health care expenditure while ensuring patient satisfaction. In addition, results from this research may inform surgical decision-making and results based on better understanding of managing patients with pelvic obliquity, leg length discrepancy.