George Athwal


Position: Professor
Degree: MD, FRCSC
Office: Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care, Room D0-205
Phone: 519.646.6081
Fax: 519.646.6049
Administrative assistant: Sheryl Duncan

Fellowships: Shoulder & Upper Extremity Surgery (Hospital for Special Surgery & Mayo Clinic)
Areas of clinical interest:
Shoulder and upper extremity reconstruction and trauma
Research interests:
Shoulder replacement, reconstruction and arthroscopy, upper extremity trauma

Dr. Athwal's Pubmed publication list

Dr. George Athwal is originally from Vancouver, and completed his M.D. at the University of British Columbia. Following completion of his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University, he spent 2 years sub-specializing in upper extremity reconstruction and trauma. Dr. Athwal completed a 1-year fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York, NY. Following this, he completed 1-year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery. In 2005, he joined the Hand and Upper Limb Centre at the University of Western Ontario. He is actively involved in biomechanical and clinical research pertaining to the shoulder and elbow. Dr Athwal has been awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for his research contributions to the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Clinician Scientist Award from the Department of Surgery, a Career Development Award from AMOSO and the H.S. Cameron Teaching Award. Additionally, he has represented the Canadian Orthopaedic Association as a North American Travelling Fellow and has also represented the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons as a European Travelling Fellow. 

Dr Athwal has published over 300 scientific articles and 50 book chapters and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Clinics in Shoulder & Elbow. He is the past president of the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS) and is on the executive board for the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and for the Canadian Shoulder & Elbow Society (CSES). Dr Athwal has also founded and co-chairs his own conference on shoulder replacement surgery, entitled the Advanced Shoulder ArthroPlasty (ASAP) meeting, which occurs biennially at the Snowbird Resort, Utah, USA.  Furthermore, he has been recognized by his peers as a leader in shoulder surgery.

Dr. Athwal’s elective practice involves all aspects of shoulder surgery, including primary & revision shoulder joint replacement, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, instability surgery and arthroscopic elbow surgery. Dr. Athwal’s trauma practice focuses on injuries involving the shoulder and upper extremity.