Dr. David Backstein

David Backstein


Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Head, Gluskin Granovsky Division of Orthopaedics, Mount Sinai Hospital
Medical Lead & Chair, Mount Sinai Centre for MSK Disease


(416) 586-8457


(416) 586-8678

Affiliated Hospital(s)

Mount Sinai Hospital

Practice Location

600 University Ave., Suite 476D
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5


Joanna Ascenzi

Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

Hip & Knee Arthroplasty, Surgical Education & Technical Skills

Arthroplasty & Technical Skills Educational Research

Lower extremity arthroplasty with an emphasis on complex knee reconstruction is the focus of my practice. Research in the area of hip and knee arthroplasty is conducted on an ongoing basis. Areas of focus include outcome studies and evaluation of new technologies.

Additionally, I am actively involved in research in the field of technical skills development and feedback mechanisms. There is extensive collaboration with Kinesiologists and the University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. Our goal is to apply the principles of Kinesiology to the learning and development of surgical technical skills. Our efforts are directed at defining which motor skills differentiate experts and novices and discovering how modern feedback technologies could accelerate the learning curve, both in the laboratory and operating room environments.