Peter Zarkadas

Contact Dr. Zarkadas
Phone: 604-980-5779
Fax: 604-980-5752

Suite #300, 145 West 15th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1R9

I dislocated my shoulder three times when I was 18 years old. I clearly remember the pain to this day. The available surgery at that time was primitive and scared me. I modified my activities and never dislocated again. I was motivated to want to help others with similar problems, and that experience changed my life and eventually directed the course of my career.

I find shoulder, elbow, and knee problems very challenging. They are often technically very difficult surgeries, but when done well, can have an immensely positive impact of the quality of life and function of the patient. I can mean that a patient gets back to the sport or activity they love to do.

Trauma is painful but not a problem to fix. I love reassembling broken bones. It is like working on a puzzle where the pieces don’t always fit. Nature, amazingly, takes care of the rest. It can be a truly rewarding experience to make a fracture or a break and all the associated pain disappear altogether, as if it never actually happened..

Areas of Special Interest

  • Shoulder reconstruction
    • Shoulder replacement surgery
    • Shoulder arthroscopy & instability (e.g. labral repair, latarjet)
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • AC joint instability and arthritis
  • Elbow Open and Arthroscopic surgery
  • Knee reconstruction
    • Knee arthroscopy
    • ACL reconstruction & sports medicine
  • Orthopedic Trauma
    • Acute bone and soft tissue injuries


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) – speciality certification in Orthopedic Surgery
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) – Independent Practice License


  • Fellowship – Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Fellowship – Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction – Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia
  • Fellowship – Sports Medicine– Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Residency Training Program – University of British Columbia, Department of Orthopedics
  • Medical Degree (MD) –University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Master of Science – Simon Fraser University
  • Bachelor of Science – McGill University

Hospital Affiliations

  • Lions Gate Hospital – Active Staff
  • Sechelt Hospital – Consulting Privileges
  • Whistler Health Care Centre – Consulting Privileges
  • Squamish General Hospital – Associate Staff
  • Delbrook Surgical Centre – Active Staff

University Affiliations

  • UBC, Department of Orthopedics, Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Instructor

Professional Societies and Associations

  • AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
  • COA (Canadian Orthopedic Association)
  • BCOA (British Columbia Orthopedic Association)
  • Doctors of BC (formerly BC Medical Association)
  • Mayo Elbow Club