David R. Pichora MD FRCSC is an internationally recognized leader in hand surgery, upper extremity, peripheral nerve surgery, and orthopaedic trauma. His current clinical practice focuses mainly on hand and wrist and peripheral nerve surgery—including such areas as: management of fractures of the hand, scaphoid and wrist; tendon repair and reconstruction; wrist arthroscopy; scapholunate ligament repair; wrist and small joint reconstruction following injury or arthritis; small joint replacement in the fingers; CMC (basal) thumb joint replacement and wrist joint replacement; management of dupuytren’s disease, including surgery and collagenase injections; endoscopic and open carpal tunnel surgery; and repair and reconstruction of peripheral nerve injuries, nerve and tendon transfers.
Dr. Pichora is a faculty member in the Queen’s University Orthopaedic Residency Training Program and has a longstanding Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Fellowship Program in partnership with Dr. Ryan Bicknell.
Dr. Pichora was awarded the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 2015. He has an active research program in collaboration with members of the Queen’s University Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and School of Computing. As a widely recognized leader in orthopaedics and trauma, Dr. Pichora pioneered the use of motion analysis techniques for documenting patterns of disease in upper extremities. He co-pioneered the world's first computer-assisted distal radius osteotomy. He has received numerous research grants including Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and matching Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), and CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) grants in the field of computer-assisted and navigated orthopaedic surgery.
In April 2017, Dr. Pichora assumed the role of President & Chief Executive Officer of the newly integrated Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) – a novel integration of the faith-based Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and secular Kingston General Hospital (KGH) under a single Board and administration. Prior to that, he was CEO of Hotel Dieu Hospital. He held the position of Chief of Staff at HDH from July 2004 through early 2009 when he was appointed CEO. Under his leadership, the HDH site implemented an innovative, Short-stay Total Joint Replacement Program, a Bariatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre, Ambulatory / Short-stay Bariatric Surgery Program, and Dermatology and Mohs Microsurgery programs. At KHSC a variety of innovative programs have been created or expanded, including minimally invasive cardiac procedures, robotically assisted minimally invasive cancer surgery, deep brain stimulation surgery, and implantation of spinal cord stimulators as part of an expanded regional multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Program.
Dr. Pichora completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University and clinical fellowships at the University of Toronto (Hand and Trauma Surgery) and University of Alabama, Birmingham (Hand and Microsurgery). He is a Professor of Surgery and Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University. He has served as Orthopaedic Residency Program Director, and Divisional Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Queen’s University and HDH and KGH sites. He co-founded the KGH Regional Trauma Program. He is a founding member, a lead researcher and Board member of the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen’s University, and Past President of both the Ontario Orthopaedic Association and the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery.