Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. David Otto

What is your role at the GSSMC?

Surgical Co-Director

Do you hold any positions outside the clinic?

Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alberta

Past positions include:

  • 2000-2012 Director, Division of Orthopeadic Surgery, University of Alberta 
  • 2001-2013 Director, Arthroscopy and Sport Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Alberta 
  • 2007-2010 Sports Medicine Subspecialty Chair, Canadian Orthopaedic Association 

What is your clinical speciality?

Knee surgery - Arthroscopy, Ligament Reconstruction, Osteotomy and Arthroplasty

What did you study and where?

  • 1988 MD, University of Alberta
  • 1990 CCFP (Family Medicine), University of Saskatchewan
  • 1994 FRCS(C) Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alberta
  • 1995/96 Fellowship training in Knee Surgery at North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Australia (Dr. Leo Pinczewski)

Do you have any specific research interests & publications?

Female soccer knee injury: observed knowledge gaps in injury prevention among players/parents/coaches and current evidence (the KNOW study).
Orr B, Brown C, Hemsing J, McCormick T, Pound S, Otto D, Emery CA, Beaupre LA.
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2013 Jun;23(3):271-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2011.01381.x. Epub 2011 Aug 18.

In vitro biomechanical testing of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: traditional versus physiologically relevant load analysis.
Trump M, Palathinkal DM, Beaupre L, Otto D, Leung P, Amirfazli A.
Knee. 2011 Jun;18(3):193-201. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2010.04.011. Epub 2010 Jun 1.

Antegrade tibial tunnel technique for posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Sherlock MF, Otto D.
Arthroscopy. 2008 Nov;24(11):1301-5. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2008.05.022. Epub 2008 Jul 30.

The anatomic characteristics of the tibial insertion of the posterior cruciate ligament.
Sheps DM, Otto D, Fernhout M.
Arthroscopy. 2005 Jul;21(7):820-5.
Erratum in Arthroscopy. 2006 Apr;22(4):A16.

Investigation of a hybrid method of soft tissue graft fixation for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Au AG, Otto DD, Raso VJ, Amirfazli A.
Knee. 2005 Apr;12(2):149-53.

A three-dimensional finite element stress analysis for tunnel placement and buttons in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.
Au AG, Raso VJ, Liggins AB, Otto DD, Amirfazli A.
J Biomech. 2005 Apr;38(4):827-32.

Stiffness characteristics of hamstring tendon graft fixation methods at the femoral site.
Benfield D, Otto DD, Bagnall KM, Raso VJ, Moussa W, Amirfazli A.
Int Orthop. 2005 Feb;29(1):35-8. Epub 2004 Nov 19.

Arthroscopic reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with patellar-tendon autograft and interference screw fixation. The results at seven years.
Jomha NM, Pinczewski LA, Clingeleffer A, Otto DD.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1999 Sep;81(5):775-9.

Five-year results of single-incision arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with patellar tendon autograft.
Otto D, Pinczewski LA, Clingeleffer A, Odell R.
Am J Sports Med. 1998 Mar-Apr;26(2):181-8.

Integration of hamstring tendon graft with bone in reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.
Pinczewski LA, Clingeleffer AJ, Otto DD, Bonar SF, Corry IS.
Arthroscopy. 1997 Oct;13(5):641-3.

Arthroscopic posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using four-strand hamstring tendon graft and interference screws.
Pinczewski LA, Thuresson P, Otto D, Nyquist F.
Arthroscopy. 1997 Oct;13(5):661-5.

Are you affiliated with any teams?

  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Golden Bear alumnus (1983-88), winning a National Championship in 1985/86 and a bronze medal for Canada at the World University Games in Czechoslovakia in 1987 
  • Received the University of Alberta President's Award for Ice Hockey in 1988