Dr. Nolan Horner

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About Dr. Nolan Horner

Dr. Nolan Horner

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Nolan Horner is an orthopedic surgeon with a focus on sports medicine, shoulder surgery and trauma surgery. He utilizes cutting edge minimally invasive technology for the management of hip, knee, and shoulder pathology as well as shoulder replacement surgery. Additionally, Dr. Horner has an interest in regenerative medicine and the clinical application of orthobiologics such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC).

Dr. Horner is originally from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Honors). He then completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine (McMaster University), which is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the world. He then went on to complete a 5-year residency in orthopedic surgery at McMaster University. During his residency Dr. Horner was selected as the 2020 surgical resident of the year. Finally, he completed subspecialty training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Rush University Medical Center, one of the top fellowships in North America. During his fellowship at Rush, he was responsible for the care and team coverage of professional athletes including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire.

Dr. Horner is a highly influential researcher. He has authored well over 100 peer reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters. His research is regularly presented at national and international conferences. His research has been cited over 1000 times and has been recognized with numerous awards and grant funding. He regularly acts as an expert content reviewer for many of the top orthopedic peer reviewed journals. He was recently awarded an O-1 visa for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement by the United States Department of Homeland Security.


Queen’s University, Bachelor of Science: Chemistry (Honours) with Distinction

Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine – McMaster University, Doctor of Medicine

Graduate Medical Education and Training

McMaster Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident

Rush University Medical Center, Sports Fellow (Orthopaedic Surgery)


Clinical Interests

– Sports Medicine surgery
– Shoulder replacement surgery
– Cartilage restoration
– OrthoBiologic injections (Stem Cells, Platelet rich plasma, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate)


Shoulder Arthroscopy
– Rotator cuff repair
– AC joint reconstruction
– Shoulder stabilization
– Labral repair
– Biceps tenodesis
-Frozen Shoulder
– Shoulder impingement
Anatomic total shoulder replacement
Reverse total shoulder replacement
Pectoralis major tendon repair

Distal biceps repair
Ulnar nerve decompression
UCL reconstruction
Lateral epicondylitis release/debridement
Medial epicondylitis release/debridement

Hip arthroscopy
– Labral repair
– Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) management
– Greater trochanteric bursectomy
Proximal hamstring repair
Gluteus medius/minimus tendon repair

Knee Arthroscopy
– Meniscus surgery
– ACL reconstruction
– PCL/LCL/MCL reconstruction
– Cartilage restoration (MACI/OATS/Osteochondral allograft/Microfracture)
MPFL reconstruction (Patellar stabilization surgery)
Patellar tendon repair
Quadriceps tendon repair
Osteochondritis dissecans fixation

General Orthopedics Trauma

Awards & Accolades

  • March 2021 – Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Basic Science Scholarship
  • December 2020 – Most Outstanding Resident – Department of Surgery 2020
  • November 2018 – 98th percentile Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE) Score
  • November 2017 – 99th percentile Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE) Score
  • August 2013 – Student Travel Award – 57th International Conference on Analytical Science and Spectroscopy
  • May 2013 – Best Poster Award – 57th International Conference on Analytical Science and Spectroscopy
  • May 2013 – Student Travel Award – Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition
  • May 2013 – Best Undergraduate Thesis Queen’s University *Runner-up*
  • May 2013 – Society of Chemical Industry Award
  • August 2012 – Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship 2012
  • December 2011 – Published study “A simple method using on-line continuous leaching and ion exchange chromatography coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the speciation analysis of bio-accessible arsenic in rice” – featured on the cover of Analytica Chimica Acta.
  • August 2011 – Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship 2011
  • August 2011 – Student Travel Award – 55th International Conference on Analytical Science and Spectroscopy
  • August 2010 – Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship 2010
  • August 2010 – Annie Bentley Lillie Prize in Calculus
  • August 2009 – Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship 2009
  • August 2009 – Lena MacNeil Scholarship