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Michael Tanzer, MDCM, FRCS(C)

Clinical Interests

Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Hip Arthroscopy

Research Interests

Enhancement of bone growth into porous coated implants
Clinical determinants of outcome following hip and knee arthroplasty

Current Appointments

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, McGill University Health Centre
Professor of Surgery, McGill University
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre
Vice Chair (Clinical) of Surgery, McGill University

Medical School

1980-1984    McGill University


1984-1989    McGill University


1990-1991    Adult Hip Reconstructive Fellowhsip, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University

Current Address

Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue, B5-159
Montreal, QC  H3G 1A4

Telephone (514) 934-8240
michael [dot] tanzer [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Recent Publications

Tchetina EV, Antoniou J, Tanzer M, Zukor DJ, Poole AR.: Transforming Growth Factor-{beta}2 Suppresses Collagen Cleavage in Cultured Human Osteoarthritic Cartilage, Reduces Expression of Genes Associated with Chondrocyte Hypertrophy and Degradation, and Increases Prostaglandin E2 Production. Am J Pathol. 2006 Jan; 168(1):131-40.

Ian Shrier , Marie-Claire Gaudet , Debbie Ehrmann Feldman, Michel Rossignol,  David Zukor , Michael Tanzer, Charles Gravel, Nicholas Newman, Réjean Dumais. Conservative non-pharmacological treatment options are not frequently used in the management of hip osteoarthritis. J Sci Med Sport. 2006 Mar; 9:81-86

Ciarallo A, Barralet J, Tanzer M and Kremer R.: An approach to compare the quality of cancellous bone from the femoral necks of healthy and osteoporotic patients through compression testing and microcomputed tomography images. McGill J Med. 2006 9(2): 102-107.

Chivas, DJ, Smith K and Tanzer, M.: Effect of capsular repair on dislocation in revision hip arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Dec; 453:147-152.

Glassman AH, Bobyn JD and Tanzer, M.: New femoral designs: Do they influence stress shielding? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Dec; 453:64-74.

Gaudet, M.C., Ehrmann Feldman, D., Rossignol, M., Zukor, M., Tanzer, M., Gravel, C., Newman, N., Dumais, R., Shrier, I.; The Wait for Total Hip Replacement in Patients with Osteoarthritis. Can. J. Surgery Can J Surg. 2007 April; 50:101-109.

Hacking, S.A., Zuraw, M., Harvey, E.J., Tanzer, M., JJ Krygier, J.J., Bobyn, J.D.: A physical vapour deposition method for controlled evaluation of biologic response to biomaterial chemistry and topography. J Biomed Mater Res. 2007 Jul; 82(1):179-87.

Hacking, S.A, Harvey, E.J, Roughley, P., Tanzer, M., Bobyn, J.D.: The response of mineralizing culture systems to microtextured and polished titanium surfaces.  J Orthop Res. 2008 Oct; 26(10):1347-54.

Tanzer M, Bobyn JD, Karabasz D, Krygier JJ: Histopathologic Retrieval Analysis of Clinically Failed Porous Tantalum Osteonecrosis Implants. J Bone Joint Surg (Am), 2008 Jun; 90(6):1282-9.

Shrier I, Zukor D, Boivin JF, Collet JP, Tanzer M, Feldman D, Naimi A, Rossignol M, Prince F: The Feasibility of a Randomized Trial Using a Progressive Exercise Program in Patients with Severe Hip Osteoarthritis. J Musculoskeletal Pain, 2008 Vol. 16(4):309-316.

Gdalevitch M., Smith K and Tanzer M: Radiographic Determination of Acetabular Cartilage Delamination in Patients with Labral Tears. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2009 467:985–99.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Tanzer, M., Stanish,W.D., Fallaha, M., Keefe, F.J., Simmonds, M., Dunbar, M.: Psychological Determinants of Problematic Outcomes Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. Pain, 2009 143:123129.

Bobyn, J.D., McKenzie, K., Karabasz, D., Krygier, J. and Tanzer, M.: Locally Delivered Bisphosphonate for Enhancement of Bone Formation and Implant Fixation. JBJS-Am November 2009 91: 6:23-31.

Garbuz, D., Tanzer, M., Greidanus, N.V., Masri, B.A., Duncan, C.P.: Metal on Metal Hip Resurfacing vs Large Diameter Hip Arthroplasty: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 Feb;468(2):318-25.

Hemmerling, T.M, Minardi, C., Bevilacqua, L., Zaouter, C., Sinha, A., Tanzer, M.: Continuous Block of the Articular Branches of the Femoral Nerve as a Novel Technique for Pain Control after Hip Arthroplasty. International Journal of Ultrasound and Applied Technologies in Perioperative Care, January-April 2010;1(1):13-17

Carli, F, Clemente, A., Asenjo, J.F., Kim, D.J., Mistraletti, G., Gomarasca, M., Morabito, A.  Tanzer, M.: Analgesia and Functional Outcome after Total Knee Arthroplasty: periarticular infiltration vs continuous femoral nerve block. Br J Anesthesia. 2010 Aug;105(2):185-95.

Bisphosphonate Remains Highly Localized After Elution From Porous Implants. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 – In press.

Primary Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty Using a Modular Femoral Component: A 15-20 year follow-up. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010 – In press.

Recent Book Chapters

Bobyn, J.D., Tanzer, M., and Glassman, A.H.: Stress Related Bone Resorption. In: Joint Replacements and Bone Resorption: Pathology, Biomaterials and Clinical Practice. (Shanbhag, A.S., Rubash, H.E. and Jacobs, J.J., eds.) Informa Healthcare, NY, 2006, p.375-398.

Tanzer, M. and Burnett, S.: Technique of revision: Surgical approach. In: Surgery of the Knee. (Bonnin, M., Amendola, A., MacDonald, S., Bellemans, J., and Menetrey, J., eds.) Springer-Verlag, France – In Press

Tanzer, M.: Classification of Bone Defects and Treatment Options. In: Surgery of the Hip. (Berry, DJ and Lieberman, JR eds.). Elsevier, New York – In Press