Academic title(s): 

Associate Director, Inst. for Evaluative Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery, M.E. Mueller Center, University of Berne

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, McGill University

Associate Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Director, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Div Of Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University

Assistant Professor of Surgery, McGill University


Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC

“Leitender Arzt” (without clinical duties), Inselspital Bern

Research Interests: 

Orthopaedic implant performance testing

Spinal implant and surgical technique design


Design optimization

Device verification and validation for regulatory approval

Cell culture work for testing surfaces/scaffolds

Planning and conducting animal experimentation in baboon or sheep


Thomas Steffen, MD, PhD, MBA, completed Medical School and then trained in an Orthopaedic residency program in Bern, Switzerland (1989-92). He later assumed a full-time research career at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he co-founded the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. The interdisciplinary research group studies disc degeneration and regeneration, minimally invasive surgical technology, biomechanical characterization of implants, the use of bone graft substitutes for spinal fusion and mechanical augmentation of osteoporotic spinal fractures. His personal expertise is in dynamically loaded organ culture models of human and bovine disc explants, animal experiments for bone substitutes for spinal fusion, as well as in 3D spinal biomechanics to assess implant mechanical performance (PhD in spinal kinematics, 1998). He also has a vested interest in translational research and successfully brought surgical technology as an academic entrepreneur from the lab to the market. He has a solid understanding of the regulatory frameworks implied to bring medical devices to market.


Executive MBA program, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

PhD program in Surgical Research (Spine Biomechanics), McGill University

MD University of Bern, Switzerland

Residency Training:

Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma, University of Bern, Switzerland

Anesthesiology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University of Bern, Switzerland

Austrian Society of Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy, Vienna, Austria

Fellowship Training: 

Research Fellow, Orthopaedic Research Lab., McGill University, Med. Faculty

Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Experimental, Orthopedics, University of Bern

Research Fellow at Maurice E. Mueller- Institute of Biomechanics, University of Bern

Fellow at Institute of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bern


Montreal General Hospital 
1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Qc, H3G 1A4

Room Ls1.409