Dr. Christian Veillette is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. He is a staff surgeon for shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery at Toronto Western Hospital and University Health Network, and the University of Toronto Sports Medicine Program at Women’s College Hospital. As an accomplished and internationally respected orthopaedic surgeon with extensive shoulder and elbow specialty experience, Dr. Veillette currently serves as a medical consultant for the WSIB Hand and Upper Extremity Specialty Clinic and WSIB Surgical Program at UHN Altum Health. Prior to this he was a medical consultant for the regional WSIB Shoulder and Elbow Clinic at Holland Center.
Dr. Veillette is a nationally and internationally recognized leader and innovator in minimally invasive shoulder and elbow surgery. His primary clinical interest is shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery, especially the use of arthroscopic techniques for the management of rotator cuff tears, tendinopathies, osteoarthritis, fractures, and post-traumatic contractures. He is well recognized for the use of continuous passive motion to speed recovery after complex elbow arthroscopy for stiff elbows.
Dr. Veillette has won many academic and research honours and awards. He is the Deputy Editor, Information and Communication Technology for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and has developed a collaborative orthopaedic knowledgebase using wiki technologies called Orthopaedia (www.orthopaedia.com) for the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. In addition, he is a Director of the Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (ISOST), Lead Developer for Orthogate (www.orthogate.org), and Associate Editor and Director of Technology for Orthopaedic Web Links (www.orthopaedicweblinks.com). In total these websites are used by over 1.5 million visitors each year and are viewed over 5.5 million times providing high quality educational resource to both patients and professionals with orthopaedic conditions.
Dr. Veillette has published research in many leading orthopaedic journals and presented papers on an international forum. He is working to establish an integrated clinical outcomes and bioinformatics platform for the Osteoarthritis Biobank to bridge the gap between research and clinical care. The innovation aims to address three key problems that currently plague attempts to improve the quality of care, compare effectiveness of treatments and bridge the gap between research and clinical care: 1) Lack of standardization of outcome collection and reporting tools, 2) Spread of data across isolated/disparate institutional repositories, 3) Reliance on costly, proprietary third-party vendors to deploy patient outcome reporting.