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Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Joel Finkelstein, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room MG 361
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6774
Fax: 416-480-4705

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Administrative Assistant: Camila Rivas Beasley
Phone: 416-480-6774
Fax: 416-480-4705

Dr. Finkelstein has sub-specialty interest and expertise in spine surgery, particularly in trauma and oncologic reconstruction. His clinical practice involves traumatic and metastatic diseases of the spine, as well as degenerative disorders.

He is actively involved in post-graduate education in the University of Toronto's orthopaedic and spine program.

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Administrative Assistant: Camila Rivas Beasley
Phone: 416-480-6774
Fax: 416-480-4705


  • B.Sc., 1984, University of Toronto, Canada
  • MD, 1988, University of Toronto
  • Fellowship training in spinal surgery, 1994-95, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Fellowship training in spinal surgery, 1995-96, Harborview Medical Center, Washington, USA
  • LMCC (licentiate), 1989, Medical Council of Canada, Canada
  • Medical license, 1989, Ontario Medical Association, Canada
  • FRCS(C), 1994, certification in orthopaedic surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 16, 1999
  • M.Sc., 2010, U of T

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Holland Bone and Joint Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Associate professor, department of surgery, U of T
  • Staff surgeon, division of orthopaedic surgery, Sunnybrook
  • Associate staff, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook
  • Consulting medical staff, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Research Foci:

  • Clinical epidemiology related to metastatic disease of the spine: quality of life, survival and complications
  • Clinical epidemiology: outcome studies (spine), effect of response shift on outcomes
  • Biomechanics: metastatic spine, vertebroplasty
  • Trauma (spine): outcomes and evaluation of treatment protocols

Research Summary:

Dr. Finkelstein's research involves functional outcome assessment following surgery for degenerative conditions. He works with Dr. Cari Whyne in the orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory, and uses finite element models to evaluate traumatic and oncologic conditions of the spine.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

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