• Division Head of Orthopedic Surgery, University Health Network
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Christian Veillette, MD, MSc, FRCSC

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 elbows reconstructive surgery at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto Sports Medicine Program at Women’s College Hospital. He is also the Division Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at UHN. As an accomplished and internationally respected orthopaedic surgeon with extensive shoulder and elbow speciality 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’s primary clinical interest is shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery, and he is a leader and innovator in the use of minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. He is recognized for the use of continuous passive motion to speed recovery after complex elbow arthroscopy for stiff elbows.

Dr Veillette is active in integrating informatics technology for orthopaedics, with a recent award from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association in recognition of leadership and innovation in orthopaedic informatics, technology and communications. He received the “Edit This” Award for the most innovative and best use of the Confluence enterprise wiki platform and is a co-founder of OrthopaedicsOne, a collaborative network developed using wiki technologies. He was previously the Deputy Editor, Information and Communication Technology for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. In addition, he is the co-founder and Managing Editor for Orthogate, and co-founder and Director of Technology for Orthopaedic Web Links. These websites are used by over 1.5 million visitors each year, providing a high-quality educational resource to both patients and professionals with orthopaedic conditions.

Dr Veillette is working to establish integrated clinical outcomes and bioinformatics platform called DADOS for the Arthritis Program to bridge the gap between research and clinical care. The platform 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 in outcome collection and reporting tools, 2) Spread of data across disparate institutional repositories, 3) Reliance on costly third-party vendors with proprietary solutions to deploy patient outcome reporting. The DADOS Platform is an open-source web-based application for data capture in clinical and translational research that provides an easy-to-use web-based survey tool, hybrid data collection models, integration into hospital clinical data repositories and flexible development architecture for customization.