Biography for Dr. David Pichora

Dr. David Pichora

David R. Pichora MD FRCSC – Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Dieu Hospital; Professor of Surgery, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University; President, Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute, Kingston, Ontario; and, Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research

Dr. David Pichora serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hotel Dieu Hospital, an academic ambulatory care hospital in Kingston, Ontario that is accredited with exemplary standing. He held the position of Chief of Staff at Hotel Dieu from July 2004 through early 2009 when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held ever since. Under his leadership, Hotel Dieu Hospital has implemented an innovative Total Joint Replacement Program in a short-stay unit; begun a Bariatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre; introduced dermatology and Mohs microsurgery programs; and completed a major facilities upgrade. In addition, he co-chairs a regional forum of hospital, Community Care Access Centre and Local Health Integration Network CEOs.

Dr. Pichora completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University and clinical fellowships at the University of Toronto and University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a Professor of Surgery and of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University and has been on the medical staff at Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals since 1986. He served from 1994 through 2008 as Divisional Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Queen’s University, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital. He is a founding member, a lead researcher and Board member for the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen’s University, and Past President of the Ontario Orthopaedic Association and the International Society for the Study of Computer Assisted Surgery.

An internationally recognized leader in orthopaedics and trauma, Dr. Pichora is a pioneer in 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 navigated orthopaedic surgery. He was named the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 2015.