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David Backstein, MD

Knee Replacement
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About Dr. Backstein

Dr. Backstein is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision total knee replacement. He also has expertise in minimally invasive and robotic techniques. Dr. Backstein is a graduate of the University of Toronto Orthopedic residency program and was a John Insall travelling fellow. He has trained over one hundred clinical fellows and hundreds of residents and medical students. He has over two hundred peer reviewed research papers and has presented his work around the world.


Special Expertise

Primary knee replacement
Complex primary knee replacement
Revision knee replacement
Unicompartmental knee replacement
Robotic knee replacement

Patient Stories


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Orthopedic Surgeon, HSS Florida


2018 June Sinai Health System Distinguished Educator Award
2014 Wall of Fame, Journal of Arthroplasty, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
2011 Best Post Presentation, Runner Up, Co-Author, The Canadian Association for Medical Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Research Award) Poster: "Peer Assisted Learning: How Does It Compare With Expert Feedback".
2011 Jan - 2012 Jan Orthopaedic Chair's Teaching Award, Orthopaedic, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.
2010 Dean A. L. Chute Award The Silver Shovel, University of Toronto Medical Society, Ontario, Canada.
2009 Graduate Students Endowment Fund Scholarship, Awardee
2007 Best Poster Prize. (Distinction) For: "Using Novel Performance Measures to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Surgical Training in Spinal Surgery.".
2007 Elected Member, American Knee Society. (Distinction)
2006 KG McKenzie Memorial Prize for Clinical Neuroscience Research, Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences. (Distinction)
2005 Richard Reznick Award in Surgical Education, Wilson Centre Research Day, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "The Effect of Computer Navigation on Learning of Surgical Skills."
2005 Bruce Tovee Award for Undergraduate Education, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2004 Best Paper, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Kennedy Day, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2004 Kennedy Day Senior Resident Research Award, Awardee2003 John Insall Travelling Knee Fellowship, The Knee Society.
1997 2nd Prize, Clinical Paper, Canadian Orthopaedic Resident's Association. (Distinction) Awarded at annual meeting.
1990 Medical Alumni Association Summer Scholarship, Ontario, Canada.
1990 Walter F. Watkins Scholarship, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1989 Vincent Baldwin Scholarship, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1988 Full Scholarship Toward Second Undergraduate Year, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Nominated


Medical: University of Toronto, 1993
Internship: Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, University of Toronto, 1994
Residency: University of Toronto 2000
Fellowships: Richard Reznick, Educational Research Fellowship, 1997
Allan Gross, Clinical Fellowship, 2001
John Insall Travelling Fellow, 2003

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Backstein


Research Interests

Clinical Research, Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Surgical Educational Research

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of January 31, 2024, Dr. Backstein reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.