Biographic Sketch

Dr. Robert W. Jackson
graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1956, having served as the President of his class in the graduating year. He elected to pursue a career in academic orthopaedic surgery.

Nine years of post-graduate clinical and research training was highlighted by several scholarships, and included training at the Toronto General Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and the Bristol Royal Infirmary, England, the Royal Infirmary in Bristol, England, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

He returned in 1965 to a staff position at the major teaching hospital of the University of Toronto - The Toronto General Hospital. He also became Director of Orthopaedic Research at the Banting Institute, a position he held for ten years.

Dr. Jackson was recognized in 1965 by the John and Mary Markle Foundation as an Academic Scholar, and in 1969, he was chosen by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association as an ABC Traveling Fellow and spent six weeks visiting academic centers in the United Kingdom.

In 1976 he moved from the Toronto General Hospital to become Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, and in 1982, was promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

In 1985 he became Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at the Orthopaedic & Arthritic Hospital in Toronto - the largest orthopaedic unit in Canada. He held this position until 1992.

He moved to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 1992, where, as Chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, he was responsible for the administration of one of the largest orthopaedic units in North America. He retired as Chief in 2004 and returned to the Laboratory as the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Research, at Baylor.

His post-graduate academic qualifications include Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (1963), and a Master of Surgery degree and the Lister Prize in Surgery from the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1994 he was granted ad hominem Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), and in 1997, an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

To date he has contributed 195 papers and abstracts and 55 chapters or textbooks to the scientific literature.

He has been married for 48 years to Marilyn Wade, and enjoys life with his five children and eight grandchildren.