Dr. Clarkson is a Clinical Professor who specialises in surgery for bone and soft tissue tumours. He trained in New Zealand, completing his surgical qualifications in Australia. He undertook subspecialty fellowship training in Toronto and Vancouver and now works at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer Agency and the BC Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Clarkson takes care of adult and pediatric patients presenting with tumours of their bones or soft tissues of the extremities, often referred to as “sarcomas”. He manages patients with malignant, metastatic and complex benign tumours. These types of operations can often be complex and difficult and need multidisciplinary management. Dr. Clarkson has extensive experience in limb salvage surgery, and works closely with the BC Cancer Agency Sarcoma Group. He is an integral part of the group, ensuring that patients get access to radiation and chemotherapy whenever needed.
Dr. Clarkson was the Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Orthopaedics for 10 years. During this time he was extensively involved in the development of a new curriculum for the University of British Columbia. He has won several awards for his teaching, including the Bobby Miller Award for best teacher at Vancouver General Hospital, and has twice won the Orthopaedic Residency Program best teacher award. Dr. Clarkson has also published a number of research articles focussing on outcomes of limb salvage surgery.