Dr. Hodgson received his PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1994, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma in collaboration with the Greenville Hospital System and the Bioengineering Department at Clemson University in 1995. He joined UBC the same year and is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He also served as director of the graduate program in Biomedical Engineering from 2010-2017 and as president of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery from 2014-15. He directs the Surgical Technologies Lab at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and is Associate Director for the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (2017-present).
The primary focus of Dr. Hodgson’s work is on computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery; the main goal is to improve the accuracy of performing surgical tasks (such as placing implants or reducing fractures) while minimizing use of and exposure to radiation and decreasing operative time. We are currently working in three main areas: 1. Using ultrasound to accurately locate bone surfaces in trauma and spinal surgery, 2. smart C-arm technologies to operate more accurately, efficiently and with less radiation exposure, and 3. bone-mounted robots for unicompartmental knee replacement surgeries.