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Eugene Wai, MD, MSc, CIP, FRCSC

Cynthia Laplante
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Phone: 613-798-5555 ext. 19138
Fax: 613-761-4944

Eugene Wai

Clinician Investigator, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Research Interests

Novel minimally-invasive surgical techniques
Osteobiologics for spinal bone growth
Clinical epidemiological studies relating to low back pain
Colloborative, multi-center clinical trials in spine + orthopedics (e.g hips, knees)

Brief Biography

Clinical interest:
Adult Spinal Trauma
Adult Spinal Reconstruction
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa, 2011
Clinical Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, 2003
Director of Research, Canadian Spine Society, 2011

Administrative Appointments:
Head, University of Ottawa Spine Unit; Attending Physician, The Ottawa Hospital, 2005

Fellowship Training:
Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery, University of Adelaide, 2003
Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Toronto, 2002

Residency Training:
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto, 2001

Medical Doctorate:
University of Toronto, 1994

Other Degrees:
MSc. Community Health (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Toronto, 1999

Selected Publications

Rampersaud YR, Fisher C, Yee A, Dvorak MF, Finkelstein J, Wai E, Abraham E, Lewis SJ, Alexander D, Oxner W. Health-related quality of life following decompression compared to decompression and fusion for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: a Canadian multicentre study. Can J Surg. 2014 Aug;57(4):E126-33.

Roffey DM, Ashdown LC, Dornan HD, Creech MJ, Dagenais S, Dent RM, Wai EK. Pilot evaluation of a multidisciplinary, medically supervised, nonsurgical weight loss program on the severity of low back pain in obese adults. Spine J. 2011 Mar;11(3):197-204.

Wai EK, Roffey DM, Bishop P, Kwon BK, Dagenais S. Causal assessment of occupational bending or twisting and low back pain: results of a systematic review. Spine J. 2010 Jan;10(1):76-88.

Wai EK, Howse K, Pollock JW, Dornan H, Vexler L, Dagenais S. The reliability of determining "leg dominant pain". Spine J. 2009 Jun;9(6):447-53.

Wai EK, Rodriguez S, Dagenais S, Hall H. Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with physical activity, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Spine J. 2008 Jan-Feb;8(1):195-202