Current Projects

Clinical Research

Elucidating the effects of a prehabilitation program on spinal surgery candidates with cardiac comorbidities: A randomized controlled trial
• A randomized, controlled clinical trial to determine the effects of a physical activity and education based program pre-operatively on spinal surgery candidates with 3, or more cardiac risk factors.
• Collaboration with Dr. Robert Stevenson (Cardiology, Saint John Regional Hospital)
Please note this project is on hold due to COVID-19.

Effects of Intra-Operative Ropivaciane® Epidural Injection on Post-Operative Outcomes Following Elective Lumbar Fusion: A double blinded randomized controlled trial
• A double blinded, randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an intra-operative injection of Ropivaciane® on post-operative pain management.

Prospective Research

Predictors of Post-Operative Urinary Retention in a Spinal Surgery Patient Population
• A prospective observational study to determine if post-operative urinary retention (POUR) in a spinal surgery population can be predicted by pre-operative administration of a self-report urinary tract symptoms measure (I-PSS questionnaire).
• Collaboration with Dr. Thomas Whelan (Urology, Saint John Regional Hospital).

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN)
• The objective of the CSORN registry study is to track specific outcome measures of different surgical techniques
used to treat spinal conditions. This multicentre Canadian study prospectively enrols patients with spinal
pathology primarily requiring surgical treatment. Registry data collection is comprised primarily of
participant and physician reported outcomes.

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN) substudy: Surgical Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity
• To identify if significant regional variation occurs in the referral pattern and surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity patients in Canada.
• To determine if specific variables independently predict the clinical outcome of surgical intervention for adult spinal deformity.
• To determine if specific variables independently predict adverse events associated with adult spinal deformity surgery.
• To determine if specific variables independently predict the radiographic outcome of surgical intervention for adult spinal deformity.

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN) substudy: Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN) substudy: Prediction of Neuropathic Pain Post Cervical Compressive Myelopathy Decompressive Surgery
• The objective is to determine if the occurrence of Neuropathic Pain Post Cervical Compressive Myelopathy
Decompressive Surgery be predicted preoperatively.
• To determine the prevalence rate and effects of Neuropathic pain on patients undergoing Cervical
Compressive Myelopathy Decompressive Surgery.

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN) substudy: Surgical Treatment of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan (SCAMPS) Canadian Spine Society (CSS) Multicentre Prospective Cohort Study
• A prospective observational study aiming to classify surgical techniques for the management of degenerative spondylolisthesis based on the stability of the pathology.

Canadian Spine Outcomes and. Research Network (CSORN) substudy: Minimally Invasive vs Open Thoracolumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in a diabetic Population
• A retrospective study of prospectively collected national data comparing the peri-operative
and long-term post-operative outcomes of diabetic patients undergoing minimally invasive
surgery to an open operation for TL decompression with or without fusion.

Praxis Spinal Cord Injury Institute
• Praxis is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury research, innovation and care. The objective of Praxis is to provide translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries.

Wait Time for Knee Arthroscopy: What are the Potential Impacts on Patients’ Quality of Life
• The objective is to determine if wait time for Knee Arthroscopy surgery is affecting physical health, mental
health, and ability to work or study for patients over the age of 14.

Psychological Risk Factors for Poor Spine Surgery Outcomes
• A prospective, observational study to test the hypothesis that a combination of psychological risk factors can affect the recovery of a spine surgery patient.
• Collaboration with Dr. Dean Tripp (Pain psychology, Queens University)

Opioid Analgesic Use in Patients with Degenerative Thoracolumbar Spine
Pathologies: Impact of Surgical Intervention and Predictors of Long-Term Use

• A retrospective analysis determining the effect of long term pre-operative narcotic use on the surgical intervention.
• Collaboration with Dr. Carolyn Brunelle (Experimental psychology, University of New
Brunswick)

Post-Operative Recovery following Spinal Correction: Home Experience(PORSCHE
Study)

• A prospective observational study examining the pain and recovery patterns in a paediatric population following scoliosis correction surgery.
• Collaboration with Dr. Jill Chorney (Pediatric pain psychology, IWK Children’s Hospital)