Richard Buckley



BSc | 1980 | University of Calgary

  • Major: Biochemistry

MD | 1983 | University of Calgary

  • Major: Surgery
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgery (FRCS 1988)
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery 1989 Switzerland
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery 1989-1990 Vancouver
  • Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery at University of Calgary - 2009

Skills & Abilities


  • Former Head Orthopedic Trauma Division, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary
  • Former Program Director Orthopedic Residency Training Program – 1998-2004
  • Head of all Surgical Post-graduate programs from 1999-2012
  • Member of Canadian Orthopedic Foundation Board – 2015-2021 (head of Research Committee)
  • Member of Trauma Committee for more than 20 years at the University of Calgary
  • Member of multiple national and international committees with the Orthopedic Trauma Association (membership, annual meeting committees); Canadian Orthopedic Association (membership, annual meeting) and AO/ASIF (research, education)
  • Senator at the University of Calgary 2016-2021
  • Member of other Boards including the Rundle College Foundation, Fifth Quarter, Alberta Champions.


  • Given more than 670 national and international guest lectureships
  • Visiting Professor internationally more than 95 times
  • Organized more than 65 national and international Orthopedic Trauma conferences
  • Taught medical school students, orthopedic residents for more than 30 years
  • Taught 70 orthopedic trauma fellows with many proceeding onto academic careers
  • Co-Editor of two major international multi-translated orthopedic surgery textbooks
  • Co-editor of two other international journals and textbooks
  • Written more than 20 chapters for orthopedic trauma textbooks
  • Coauthored more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Coauthored more than 50 abstracts for international meetings
  • Won Best Teacher in Surgery at University of Calgary 2009


  • Founding member of Canadian Orthopedic Trauma Society 1992 now with more than 70 members
  • Won best research at Orthopedic Trauma Association(USA) 8 times with Canadian colleagues
  • Generated over 1.4 million dollars in research and education funding
  • Coach with community Football at level of Peewee, Bantam and High School for over fifteen years


Orthopedic Traumatologist | Calgary General Hospital and Foothills Medical Center |

 July 1990 until 2020

  • First Orthopedic Trauma surgeon in the city of Calgary
  • Has led Orthopedic Trauma teaching at University for last 30 years with numerous teaching awards
  • Taught Orthopedic trauma to many of the orthopedists in the city of Calgary when they were residents and to 2/3 of the Canadian Orthopedic Association members at a Trauma conference that is run every year called Canadian Orthopedic Resident Form (CORF)
  • Reviewer and assistant Editor on more than ten journals

Special Interests

  • Skier, golfer, runner, water-skier, wakeboarder, biker, football coach
  • Lives on and helps manage a working ranch with his family west of Calgary
  • Married with two children: Wife – Lois (family physician – newly retired) Daughter – Shannon (Professional ski patroller) Son – Andrew (Medical student)