Dr. Nelson V. Greidanus MD, MPH, FRCSC

Dr. Nelson V. Greidanus MD, FRCSC, MPH

Dr. Nelson Greidanus is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty interest in complex hip and knee replacement and reconstruction.  In addition to clinical practice Dr. Greidanus is actively involved in teaching and research and is full time tenured faculty at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Greidanus is currently the Director of Continuing Professional Development and Continuing Medical Education (CPD/CME) for the Department of Orthopaedics and is Assistant Professor at UBC.  He received both Doctor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery specialty qualifications from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.  Following the completion of his orthopaedic training in 1998 he received additional subspecialty fellowship training in complex hip/knee surgery at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  He then relocated to Boston, Massachusetts and received a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) at Harvard University.  He joined the UBC Department of Orthopaedics Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction and Oncology in 2000.


Dr. Greidanus’ clinical practice is confined to adult hip and knee reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on complex primary and revision procedures.  He has special interest in minimally invasive joint replacement procedures, presurgical optimization, rapid recovery, and accelerated return to function, work and sport following primary joint replacement.  In addition he has special interest in revision procedures involving segmental bone defects, periprosthetic fracture, and infection.


Dr. Greidanus is actively involved in outcomes research, epidemiologic research, clinical trials, and health services research related to osteoarthritis and joint replacement procedures.  He has received numerous educational and research awards including the McLaughlin Fellowship Award, the Alberta Heritage Fund Clinical Research Award, the Alexandra Kirkley Young Investigator Award, and together with his colleagues, the prestigious John Charnley and Frank Stinchfield Awards from the Hip Society.  He is a Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Center of Canada and Core Member of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.  He is principal investigator, co-investigator or collaborator on numerous innovative clinical studies and has received competitive grant funding from the COF/COA, CIHR, the Arthritis Society, BC Medical Services Foundation, VCHRI, among others.  He continues to serve as both internal and external grant reviewer for a number of granting agencies including the COA, COF and CIHR.  He is member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, the Canadian Arthroplasty Society, the British Columbia Orthopaedic Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.  In addition to research, Dr. Greidanus is actively involved in education of medical students, orthopaedic residents, post-graduate fellows, as well as his peers/colleagues in orthopaedic surgery. He is part of the leadership team in the UBC Department of Orthopaedics, serving as the Associate Head, Education. In addition, Dr. Greidanus is passionate about global health issues, reducing health disparities in marginalized or disadvantaged populations, and has been involved in Operation Esperanza, a charitable hip/knee project in Ecuador for over 20 years.


Outside of work Dr. Greidanus can be found immersing himself in the grandeur of supernatural British Columbia and enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and spending time with his wife Lorna and their 4 children.


Lydia Zielke

Clinical Assistant

Dr. Nelson Greidanus

Diamond Health Care Centre

2775 Laurel Street

3rd floor, Room 3198

Vancouver, BC  V5Z 1M9

Office: 604-875-5767 ext 3

Fax: 604-732-6286

Email: Lydia.Zielke@vch.ca