Donald Garbuz

Research Scientist, Orthopaedics, MD, MHSc, FRCSC



  • Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

  • Complex hip reconstruction

Dr. Don Garbuz is a research scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, and an orthopaedic surgeon based at Vancouver Hospital.  He holds an Associate Professor of Medicine appointment within the Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia.

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He is currently the Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction and Oncology at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on clinical outcomes after hip and knee arthroplasty. He is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the Arthritis Society that looks at the effect that waiting time has on outcomes (e.g. recovery time, etc.) after joint replacement.


He has a clinical and research interest in complex hip reconstruction, including management of complex revision hip surgery and the treatment of the non-arthritic hip in young adults. In revision surgery, the main focus is reconstruction of the failed acetabulem (hip joint) with marked bone loss. He has published and lectured on what is considered the traditional technique for addressing these problems, namely structural bone graft. More recently, he has been looking at alternative novel techniques using new materials for use in these difficult cases. In addition, he is involved in collaborative basic science research projects with the Department of Material Engineering at UBC.