Graham KingDr. Graham King, MD MSc FRCSC
Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre
St. Joseph's Health Care London
London, ONtario, Canada



I am very proud to welcome you to the website of the Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (RM-HULC). On September 27, 2013, in honour of the founders of our Unit, the Hand and Upper Limb Centre was renamed to the Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre. The Roth | McFarlane Centre is a combined Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery unit specializing in the care of patients with disorders of the upper limb. It was founded at St. Joseph's Health Care London in 1992 by the late Drs. James Roth and Robert McFarlane, visionary surgeons who believed that working together they could create a true centre of excellence in upper limb care. For a more detailed description of the accomplishments of these two surgeons, I would refer you to their personal web pages which can be found by clicking on their names. In addition, a video that you can view here, highlights some of the aspects of our Centre (will open in separate window).

In the years since our inception, we have added surgeons, scientists, therapists, nurses, cast technicians, secretaries and others to become the largest upper extremity surgical unit in Canada. The twelve surgeons at the Roth | McFarlane Centre see approximately 43,000 patients per year and perform approximately 4,500 major procedures per year in state of the art operating rooms and clinic space. Patients with all disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand are seen, including those due to congenital anomalies, trauma, arthritis and tumors. Children are seen in the Roth | McFarlane clinics but have their operations performed by our surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. Our surgeons do combined clinics with several rehabilitation physicians and have excellent professional relationships with the rheumatologists in London.

The research programs at the Roth | McFarlane Centre are well-established and world-renowned. The Roth | McFarlane Centre includes a bioengineering lab, a mechatronics lab, a cell and molecular biology lab and a clinical research lab. Each lab has a full time PhD scientist and additional research staff. All our labs are funded by multiple agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

All our surgeons and scientists have academic appointments in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. The Roth | McFarlane team is dedicated to teaching health care professionals and is a pinnacle program in the Department of Surgery at Western. We have a well-established fellowship program, are very active in resident teaching and also participate in the education of medical students, hand therapists, undergraduate and graduate science students, and others. The Robert M. McFarlane Library is an excellent resource for all students and staff. Surgical Skills including advanced arthroscopy and microsurgery are taught in the Roth | McFarlane Surgical Skills Laboratory.

I hope you enjoy our website and are able to find the information you are looking for.


Dr. Graham King, MD MSc FRCSC
Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre 
St. Joseph's Health Care London 
London, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Nina Suh and Dr. Christopher Doherty are two new surgeons who have joined the Roth | McFarlane Centre.

On 27 September, 2013, our Centre was dedicated in honour of our founding partners, Drs. James Roth and Robert McFarlane. See the dedication video here.

Dr. O'Gorman was recently interviewed for his new findings in Dupuytren's contracture. See the CTV interview here.

Research donations to benefit the academic programs of the Roth | McFarlane Centre can be made to Foundation Western to benefit the James Roth Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation, or via the SJHC Foundation to benefit the Roth | McFarlane Clinical Excellence Fund,which provides funding for projects in research, education or the provision of specialized medical equipment that advances research knowledge and/or clinical practice.

Congratulations to Dr. George Athwal, who has been named one of the top 28 shoulder surgeons in North America.