Meet our Patron: Dr. Marvin Tile

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Dr. Marvin Tile joins Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation in Powering Pain Free Movement

The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation has a new Patron:  Dr. Marvin Tile, CM, MD, FRCSC lends his support to the COF’s campaign, Powering Pain Free Movement, aimed at raising significant funds to expand the Foundation’s research program and to continue to provide quality education and patient care programs.

Dr. Tile, Professor of Surgery (Emeritus), University of Toronto, and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sunnybrook HSC, is a world authority on orthopaedic trauma, and in particular the treatment of pelvic fractures.

Appointed to Sunnybrook’s surgical staff in 1966, Dr. Tile became Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1971. He was instrumental in the development of the internationally renowned Sunnybrook Trauma Unit, the first and still largest in Canada. From 1985 to 1996 he was Surgeon-in-Chief. He chaired the Sunnybrook Foundation from 1996-2002.

Dr. Tile has published widely and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally at universities, colleges and conferences and has trained Fellows who are now renowned Heads of Orthopaedic Trauma Departments all over the world.

He has been Chair of the Examining Board in Orthopaedic Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, was the Founding President of the Ontario Orthopaedic Association, President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, President of the International Society for Surgery of the Lumbar Spine and President of the AO/ASIF Foundation, dedicated to research and education in trauma and fractures, headquartered in Switzerland.

Dr. Tile has been very active in philanthropy, having chaired the Sunnybrook Foundation and its governing Council, and the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Golden Jubilee Medal, and the prestigious Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed on a Canadian citizen.

But Dr. Tile is most proud of his 62 year marriage to Esther, and his immediate family. Along with his wife, Esther, Dr. Tile has been a long-time supporter of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.  He and Mrs. Tile played lead roles in establishing the COF’s Hip Hip Hooray! program. It was, Esther, in fact, who suggested the name for this signature fundraising program.

Powering Pain Free Movement is a new campaign of the COF. At the urging of COA members, the COF has a renewed focus on research and is planning a larger, stronger research portfolio.

According to Dr. Tile, “Canada has some of the best and brightest orthopaedic researchers in the world – researchers whose ideas can lead to innovations in orthopaedic surgery, treatment and care. As orthopaedic surgeons, we must invest in this research.”

The COF has some lofty goals:  as well as continuing and expanding its current research programs, including the CORL grant program and the J. Édouard Samson research award, new programs are being planned. Topping the list of new programs will be fellowship and scholarship programs, aimed at recognizing and encouraging Canada’s orthopaedic researchers and leaders.

“The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is well-positioned to advance orthopaedic research and surgeon awards within Canada,” says Dr. Tile.  “At the same time, the COF must continue its small investment in education and patient care. These areas all need financial support, and with expanded investment by surgeons the COF will continue to grow.”

To see Dr. Tile’s full bio, click here.

Now is the time to invest in Canada’s innovative research community. Now is the time for surgeons to lend their support to their Foundation.

“I encourage all orthopaedic surgeons to step up and support the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation,” says Dr. Tile. “When we all work together, we can’t help but succeed in creating a vibrant, world-class Foundation, of which we can all be proud.”


For information about the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation’s research programs or the Powering Pain Free Movement Campaign, please contact Isla Horvath at