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Reinhard Zeller

Title: Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Head and Spine Program, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Designations: MD, FRCSC
Alternate Contact Name: Karthi Kandiah
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7981
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto


Dr. Reinhard Zeller is the Head of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). His practice focuses on the care of children and adolescents with spinal deformities. 

He received his medical degree from the University of Paris and obtained his postgraduate surgical education at the University Hospitals of Paris where he trained with two of the world’s most eminent spine surgeons. He spent most of his professional career in France, having originally trained with Dr. Raymond Roy-Camille. After a fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas in 1992, he returned to work at the Saint Vincent de Paul Hospital with Dr. Jean Dubousset until he joined SickKids. In addition to his clinical training, he received a graduate degree in biomechanics from the ENSAM biomechanics laboratory (Arts et Métiers Tech School) in Paris. He joined the Division of Orthopaedics in October 2006. 

Dr. Zeller is on the editorial board for the Spine Deformity Journal (SRS), and is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. As well, he is a member of the assistant editorial board of the European Spine Journal and of the editorial board of the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. Memberships in organizations include the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), the Spine Society of Europe (SSE), the Canadian Paediatric Spine Study Group and the Canadian Spine Society, the French Spine Society, the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS). In 2006, he was elected to join the International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank (IPOTT), a select group of paediatric orthopaedists who are elected based on their demonstrated innovations and leadership in paediatric orthopaedics. He served as a President of the Canadian Paediatric Spine Society from 2016 to 2019.


  1. Schelfaut S, Dermott JA, Zeller R. Staged insertion of growing rods in severe scoliosis. Eur Spine J. 2018 Mar 23.
  2. Kato SDebaud C, Zeller RD. Three-dimensional EOS Analysis of Apical Vertebral Rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec;37(8)
  3. Gargan KE, Dodds MKZeller RDThe Use of Tibial Autograft in Posterior Instrumented Spinal Fusion in Pediatric Patients with Scoliosis: Description of Surgical Technique and Review of Outcomes and Donor Site Morbidity. Orthopaedic Proceedings2016/9.
  4. Vialle R, Zeller R, Gaines RW. The “slide technique”: an improvement on the “funnel technique” for safe pedicle screw placement in the thoracic spine. European Spine Journal. 2014 Jul.
  5. Al-Aubaidi Z, Lebel D, Oudjhane K, Zeller R. Three-dimensional imaging of the spine using the EOS system: is it reliable? A comparative study using computed tomography imaging. Journal of Pediatic Orthopedics. 2013 Sep.


Biomechanical determinants of surgical outcomes in adolescents with a Paediatric Spinal deformity. Canadian Institute for Health Research, Catalyst Grant in Bone Health. PI: Zabjek KF, Zeller R.
Collaborator(s): Mathur S, Biddis E, Meguid S, Agur A, Carnahan H. $87,000 CAD

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