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Dr. Drew Bednar

Dr. Drew Bednar

Dr. Drew Bednar is blazing the trail in spinal care. He’s an expert on tissue biomechanics, patient education, clinical care issues and surgical innovation.

Dr. Drew Bednar, a clinical professor at McMaster University, holds both a Canadian and American board certification in orthopedics. He completed spine fellowship training with Canadian pioneer of spinal realignment osteotomy and disc arthroplasty, Dr. John Kostuik. Dr. Bednar is a founding member of the Canadian Spine Society and the first clinical professor of orthopedics at McMaster University.

The evolution and delivery of seamless, effective, uncomplicated and outcomes-predictable adult surgical spine care is Dr. Bednar’s primary clinical care interest. He has evolved protocols for ambulatory surgical spine care, oral steroids preoperative co-analgesia and optimized pedicle screw biomechanics, and he led McMaster’s first clinical trial in adult spine care. Patient education is a passion of Dr. Bednar’s. He manages a patient education website dedicated to lumbar spine surgery. Dr. Bednar has been published in over 60 peer-reviewed publications, presents regularly to peers and medical groups, and reviews and edits journals including Spine, Global Spine Journal, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, among others.

Speaking topics

Areas of care/specialties

Mental health/addictions


Orthopedic surgery




Languages spoken


Presentation titles

Application of solution-focused brief therapy principles to bringing a positive approach to life
Avoiding burnout and healthy mental living in a distressed world
Update on modern surgical spine care benefits

Dr. Drew Bednar