Daniel Whelan


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Daniel Whelan is involved in several multicentre clinical trials in orthopaedic sport medicine, including an ongoing investigation on ACL reconstruction with hamstring tendon grafts. In partnership with the Pan-Am Sports Medicine Clinic in Winnipeg, Dr. Whelan is comparing the traditional trans-tibial technique for creating the femoral tunnel with a more novel ‘anatomic’ method utilizing an accessory anteromedial portal. They plan to begin a randomized investigation comparing early range of motion following multiligament reconstruction of the knee versus the traditional mandatory four weeks of immobilization. Last fall, Dr. Whelan was awarded the Sandy Kirkley Grant by the American Orthopedic Society for Sport Medicine to begin a trial on shoulder dislocations at St. Michael’s Hospital. This randomized investigation will compare two techniques for emergently immobilizing shoulders following primary dislocations.

*Please note that Dr. Whelan is not accepting any students for the 2019 KRSS program*

Recent Publications

  1. Naraghi, A, Pearce, DH, Whelan, DB, Chahal, J. Imaging of the Postoperative Condition of Posterolateral Corner Injuries. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2018;22 (4):413-423. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1653957. PubMed PMID:30134465 .
  2. Kosy, JD, Matteliano, L, Rastogi, A, Pearce, D, Whelan, DB. Meniscal root tears occur frequently in multi-ligament knee injury and can be predicted by associated MRI injury patterns. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018;26 (12):3731-3737. doi: 10.1007/s00167-018-5009-0. PubMed PMID:29872868 .
  3. MacDonald, P, Kim, C, McRae, S, Leiter, J, Khan, R, Whelan, D et al.. No clinical differences between anteromedial portal and transtibial technique for femoral tunnel positioning in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a prospective randomized, controlled trial. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018;26 (5):1335-1342. doi: 10.1007/s00167-017-4664-x. PubMed PMID:28801704 .
  4. Lynch, AD, Chmielewski, T, Bailey, L, Stuart, M, Cooper, J, Coady, C et al.. Current Concepts and Controversies in Rehabilitation After Surgery for Multiple Ligament Knee Injury. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2017;10 (3):328-345. doi: 10.1007/s12178-017-9425-4. PubMed PMID:28779476 PubMed Central PMC5577426.
  5. Gohal, C, Rofaiel, J, Abouali, J, Ayeni, OR, Pinsker, E, Whelan, D et al.. Does Study Design Affect Redislocation Rates After Primary Shoulder Dislocations? A Systematic Review Comparing Prospective and Retrospective Studies. Arthroscopy. 2017;33 (10):1876-1881. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.03.034. PubMed PMID:28662895 .
  6. Phillips, L, Cheung, JJH, Whelan, DB, Murnaghan, ML, Chahal, J, Theodoropoulos, J et al.. Validation of a Dry Model for Assessing the Performance of Arthroscopic Hip Labral Repair. Am J Sports Med. 2017;45 (9):2125-2130. doi: 10.1177/0363546517696316. PubMed PMID:28355085 .
  7. Ekhtiari, S, Horner, NS, de Sa, D, Simunovic, N, Hirschmann, MT, Ogilvie, R et al.. Arthrofibrosis after ACL reconstruction is best treated in a step-wise approach with early recognition and intervention: a systematic review. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017;25 (12):3929-3937. doi: 10.1007/s00167-017-4482-1. PubMed PMID:28260199 .
  8. Dwyer, T, Martin, CR, Kendra, R, Sermer, C, Chahal, J, Ogilvie-Harris, D et al.. Reliability and Validity of the Arthroscopic International Cartilage Repair Society Classification System: Correlation With Histological Assessment of Depth. Arthroscopy. 2017;33 (6):1219-1224. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2016.12.012. PubMed PMID:28162918 .
  9. Linda, DD, Naraghi, A, Murnaghan, L, Whelan, D, White, LM. Accuracy of non-arthrographic 3T MR imaging in evaluation of intra-articular pathology of the hip in femoroacetabular impingement. Skeletal Radiol. 2017;46 (3):299-308. doi: 10.1007/s00256-016-2551-z. PubMed PMID:27975135 .
  10. Whelan, DB. Editorial Commentary: Book? … Book Report? … or Just a New Chapter in an Ongoing Story?: Knee Partial Meniscectomy Has Limited Benefit for "Nonobstructive" Meniscal Tears, but We Need to Know if Patients Have Osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy. 2016;32 (9):1866-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2016.07.013. PubMed PMID:27594333 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto