Albert J. M. Yee

Albert Yee | Professor
MD (Toronto), MSc (Toronto), FRCSC, DABOS

Main Appointments

  • Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Associate Scientist, Physical Sciences, Holland Musculoskeletal Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Additional Appointments

  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room MG 371B
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 Canada

+1 416 480-6815 (office) (email)

Academic Assistant: Sarah Davies
+1 416 480-6100, extension 7052 (office) (email)

Clinical Assistant: Ala Bankowska
+1 416 480-6815 (office) (email)

Research Themes

Research Summary

The ultimate goal of Dr. Yee’s spine research program is to bring forth novel therapies from the bench-top to clinical setting. As such, the development and use of preclinical models in surgery are important in evaluating potential new therapies for the treatment of spinal disorders. The fundamental aspects of understanding cell-matrix interactions in intervertebral disc biology will further the development and preclinical evaluation of minimally invasive local strategies targeted against degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. Another area of investigation is the use of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) strategies for the treatment of advanced cancer spread to the spine (vertebral metastases).

Selected Publications

Yee et al: Augmentation of posterolateral spondylodesis using a novel demineralized bone matrix-hyaluronan putty. Spine 2003: 28(21): pp 2435-40.

Yang et al: Versican G3 domain enhances cellular adhesion and proliferation of intervertebral disc cells cultured in vitro. Life Sciences 2003: 73 (26): pp 3399-3413.

Burch S et al: Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Vertebral Metastases in a Rat Model of Human Breast Carcinoma. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. In Press.

See current publications list at PubMed