McMaster University

McMaster University

Fellow Spotlight: Herman Johal

Published: August 4, 2015

Originally from Calgary, Dr. Johal moved to Ontario in 2001 to obtain both a Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences) and subsequently a medical degree from Queen’s University. He then returned home to complete his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Calgary from 2008-2014. Early on in his residency, Dr. Johal developed an appreciation for the challenge and reward of conducting clinical research and was motivated to complete the University of Calgary’s Surgeon Scientist program between the second and third years of orthopaedic surgery training. This allowed him to obtain a Masters in Public Health degree, with a certificate in Injury Control from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he developed expertise in patient outcomes, trauma systems, policy and health economics. Throughout the remainder of his residency training, Dr. Johal continued the pursuit of research, receiving multiple local and international grants and awards for his efforts.

Herman Johal


Following his training in Calgary, Dr. Johal returned to Baltimore to complete an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. As a fellow, he has continued to balance the exploration of key research questions while developing clinical and surgical skills at the busiest Level 1 trauma center in North America.

Growing up in Calgary, Dr. Johal enjoys spending his free time snowboarding or mountain biking, or in in the arena tending goal on the ice. He also enjoys travel and exploring new restaurants along side his wife, Nicki, who is expecting their first child this September.

Currently Dr. Johal is completing an orthopaedic trauma/research fellowship at McMaster University, under the supervision of Drs. Bhandari, Petrisor and Williams. While at McMaster, he will be pursuing a PhD in Health Research Methodology and working on his dissertation entitled "Value-based decision making in orthopaedic trauma".


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