Raj Rampersaud appointed J. Bernard Gosevitz Chair in Arthritis Research at UHN

Dear Colleagues,
I am excited to share with you the news of Raj Rampersaud’s appointment as the inaugural J. Bernard Gosevitz Chair in Arthritis Research at UHN. This a testament to Raj’s incredible leadership on a provincial and national level in the area of Health Services Research. Please see the formal announcement below.

Dr. Raj Rampersaud, MD, FRCSC

On behalf of the Division, I would like to extend congratulations to Raj and wish him the best of luck in this new role!

All the best,

Peter C. Ferguson MD MSc FRCSC FAOA
Albert and Temmy Latner Chair,
Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto

Following a formal search process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Raja Rampersaud to the J. Bernard Gosevitz Chair in Arthritis Research at UHN effective January 1st, 2021. This chair was established in honour of Dr. J. Bernard Gosevitz through generous donations by friends and colleagues to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and will support in perpetuity a leader in osteoarthritis research who is a member of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Sprott Department of Surgery and the Arthritis Program within the Schroeder Arthritis Institute at University Health Network.

Dr. Rampersaud has been a member of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1999 and is Full Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. Dr. Rampersaud’s national and internationally recognized research focuses on comparative effectiveness as well as health services research aimed at improvements in the delivery of patient centered musculoskeletal and spine care. He is an advocate for interprofessional models of care for spine and musculoskeletal disorders. He has developed the Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinic (ISAEC) program which has been provincially implemented as the Rapid Access Clinics – Low Back Pain Pathway. He is the provincial clinical lead for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Low Back Pain Strategy and served as the co-chair for the Provincial Quality Based Pathway (QBP)-Spine as well as the Quality Standard for Acute Low Back Pain. He is the past president of the Canadian Spine Society and co-developed the Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network (CSORN). From a surgical perspective Dr. Rampersaud is a recognized leader and innovator in minimally invasive spinal surgery and his research in surgical safety.