Joseph Schatzker

Joseph Schatzker Canadian Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Joseph Schatzker (1934 – ) Canadian Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dubbed ‘Mr. AO‘ for his involvement in the development of the current methods of fracture fixation. Special interests in Arthoplasty, Spine surgery and Trauma. Schatzker helped translate the AO Swiss internal fixation technique for management of fractures into text to be distributed to English speaking Orthopaedic Surgeons

Schatzker holds 28 visiting Professorships including China and Australia and is on the Editorial review board JBJS and Journal of Orthoapedic and Trauma Surgery. He is known internationally for his skills in Orthopaedic fracture and trauma care, and still works as an Orthopaedic Surgeon today

Eponymously associated with the Schatzker classification for tibial plateau fractures. Published classification system for tibial plateau fractures in 1979.

  • Born on September 8, 1934
  • 1960 – MD University of Toronto
  • 1962 – B.Sc.(Medicine), University of Toronto
  • 1966 – Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Canada F.R.C.S.(C)
  • 1967 – Duncan Fellow to Professor Dewar University of Toronto
  • 1968 – McLaughlin Fellowship in Europe (Sweden and Switzerland)
  • 1969 – Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University of Toronto
  • 1971 – Member of the AO
  • 1985 – Began work at Sunnybrook Hospital, the largest trauma centre in Canada
  • 1998 – President AO/ASIF Foundation
  • Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto
  • 2007 – Member of the Order of Canada
  • 2018 – Director of the Mueller Institute in Sunnybrook, Toronto, Canada, and still operates as an Orthopaedic Surgeon today

Medical Eponyms
Schatzker classification of tibial plateau fractures (1979)

In 1979, Schatzker published a formal classification system for tibial plateau fractures by using AP radiographs of a group of 94 patients. The emphasis on this classification system was to guide treatment with relation to the original fracture pattern and mode of injury

Schatzker classification of tibial plateau fractures (1979)
Schatzker classification of tibial plateau fractures (1979)

The Schatzker classification system divides tibial plateau fractures into six types

  • Schatzker I: lateral tibial plateau fracture, with minimal (<4mm) depression or displacement.
  • Schatzker II: lateral tibial plateau fracture with fragment depression
  • Schatzker III: compression fracture of the lateral (IIIA) or central (IIIB) tibial plateau
  • Schatzker IV: medial tibial plateau fracture with split/depressed component
  • Schatzker V: bicondylar (lateral and medial) tibial plateau fractures
  • Schatzker VI: transverse tibial plateau fracture with metaphyseal-diaphyseal discontinuity (also known as Type C articular fracture in the AO classification)
Schatzker classification

Major Publications



Eponymous terms

eponymictionary CTA


the names behind the name

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