Robert B. Salter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert Bruce Salter
BornDecember 15, 1924
DiedMay 10, 2010(2010-05-10) (aged 85)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Occupation(s)Orthopedic surgeon, university professor
AwardsGairdner Foundation International Award (1969)
Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Robert Bruce Salter CC OOnt FRSC FRHSC (December 15, 1924 – May 10, 2010) was a Canadian surgeon and a pioneer in the field of pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Born in Stratford, Ontario, he graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1947, worked for two years at the Grenfell Medical Mission in Newfoundland, and spent one year as the McLaughlin Fellow in Oxford, England. Salter then returned to join the medical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1955. He was later appointed surgeon-in-chief.[1]

Salter developed a procedure to correct congenital dislocation of the hip, pioneered continuous passive motion for the treatment of joint injuries,[2] and co- developed a classification of growth plate injuries in children, commonly known as the Salter–Harris fractures classification system. He also developed the supraacetabular innominate osteotomy (i.e. the Salter osteotomy) to treat operatively congenital dislocation of hip.[3] His textbook of orthopaedic surgery, Disorders and Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System, is used throughout the world.

He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1977 and was promoted to companion in 1997. In 1988, he was awarded the Order of Ontario. In 1995 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He was also a fellow of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada, and received the Gairdner Foundation International Award for medical science, the FNG Starr Medal of the Canadian Medical Association and the Bristol-Myers Squibb-Zimmer Award for Distinguished Achievement in Orthopaedic Research.[1]

Salter died on May 10, 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b Sandra Martin (June 11, 2010). "Toronto doctor helped children overcome devastating injuries". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Salter RB, Hamilton HW, Wedge JH, Tile M, Torode IP, O'Driscoll SW, Murnaghan JJ, Saringer JH (1984). "Clinical application of basic research on continuous passive motion for disorders and injuries of synovial joints: a preliminary report of a feasibility study". J. Orthop. Res. 1 (3): 325–42. doi:10.1002/jor.1100010313. PMID 6481515. S2CID 73955247.
  3. ^ Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Archived November 9, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "SALTER, Dr. Robert Bruce". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012.

External links[edit]