Dr. Brian Kwon is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and a surgeon-scientist with advanced training in spine surgery. As an attending orthopaedic spine surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital, his practice is focused on the management of adult spine trauma, spinal cord injuries and non-traumatic conditions such as spine infection, deformity and degeneration. As a neuroscientist and principal investigator at the International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD), Dr. Kwon runs an active basic/translational research laboratory. Dr. Kwon also serves as the associate director of clinical research for ICORD, and is the director of research for the Vancouver Spine Program.
Dr. Kwon’s primary research interest is in spinal cord injury (SCI). During his residency, he met many young patients on the spinal cord unit whose lives had been devastated by SCI; this motivated him to pursue a career in spine surgery and a PhD in neuroscience. Now, as a surgeon-scientist, his research interests in SCI span the translational continuum from basic bench research all the way to clinical trials. His research program is best characterized by “bedside back to bench” and “bench to bedside” bi-directional translation.