Robert Bruce Salter

Robert Bruce Salter (1924-2010)

Robert Bruce Salter (1924 – 2010) was a Canadian surgeon.

Eponymously associated with the Salter-Harris Classification along with W. Robert Harris. Published the Salter-Harris Classification of fractures for epiphyseal injuries in 1963

A very well respected and world leader in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto

An esteemed and profound surgical and academic career in Canada, obtaining many awards and titles in the process, focusing his efforts on “transformational research

  • Born 15th of December, 1924 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada
  • 1947 – Graduated University of Toronto
  • 1954 – Fellowship at the London Hospital
  • 1955 – Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and later Professor of Surgery, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon Emeritus and Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Toronto Research Institute
  • 1955 – Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, later becoming President
  • 1977 – Officer of the Order of Canada
  • 1988 – Order of Ontario
  • 1995 – Canadian Medical Association Hall of Fame
  • 1997 – Companion of the Order of Canada
  • 2010 – Retired after a career spanning 55 years
  • Died on 10th of May, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical Eponyms
  • Salter-Harris Classification (1963) describes injuries involving the epiphyseal plate of any bone
  • Salter operation (Innominate osteotomy for congenital dislocation of the hip)
Dr Robert Salter explains the Salter operation
Key Medical Attributions
  • Continuous passive motion (CPS) of joints to stimulate the regeneration of cartilage
  • World leader in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Interests in heraldry and medical history, devoting his career to improving our knowledge into the mechanisms of orthopaedic trauma and disease
  • Lectured in 35 different countries
Major Publications
  • Festino J. Giants In Orthopaedic Surgery: Robert Bruce Salter CC, MD, FRCSC. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Dec; 472(12): 3644–3649. [PMC4397795]
  • Alman B, Wedge J. Robert Bruce Salter, CC, MD, FRCSC. Dec 15, 1924-May 10, 2010. J Child Orthop 2010; 4: 275-6. [PMC2908337]
  • Polenakovic M. In memoriam: Dr. Robert Bruce Salter (1924-2010). Prilozi. 2011;32(1):337-8. [PMID 21836542]
  • Biography: Salter, Robert Bruce (1924 – 2010). Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online. Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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