François Desmeules, Ph.D.

Full Professor

Contact details (Research)

Orthopaedic Clinical Research Unit
Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
5415, Boulevard L’Assomption
Montréal (Québec) H1T 2M4
Pav. Rachel Tourigny, porte 4163
T 514 252-3400, # 5607

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6791



  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy, Université Laval (2000)
  • M.Sc. Experimental Medicine (rehabilitation), Université Laval (2003)
  • Ph.D. Epidemiology, Université Laval (2010)

Selected publications

  • Décary, S., Fallaha, M., Frémont, P., Martel-Pelletier, J., Pelletier, J.-P., Feldman, D., Desmeules, F. (2017). Diagnostic validity of combining history elements and physical examination tests for traumatic and degenerative symptomatic meniscal tears. PM&R. doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.10.009
  • Lowry, V., Ouellet, P., Vendittoli, P. A., Carlesso, L. C., Wideman, T. H., & Desmeules, F. (2017). Determinants of pain, disability, health-related quality of life and physical performance in patients with knee osteoarthritis awaiting total joint arthroplasty. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-11. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1355412
  • Doiron-Cadrin, P., Kairy, D., Vendittoli, P.-A., Lowry, V., Poitras, S., & Desmeules, F. (2016). Effects of a tele-prehabilitation program or an in-person prehabilitation program in surgical candidates awaiting total hip or knee arthroplasty: Protocol of a pilot single blind randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 4(Supplement C), 192-198. doi:10.1016/j.conctc.2016.10.001
  • Desmeules, F., Boudreault, J., Dionne, C. E., Fremont, P., Lowry, V., MacDermid, J. C., & Roy, J. S. (2016). Efficacy of exercise therapy in workers with rotator cuff tendinopathy: a systematic review. Journal of Occupational Health, 58(5), 389-403. doi:10.1539/joh.15-0103-RA
  • Lungu, E., Vendittoli, P.-A., & Desmeules, F. (2015). Identification of patients with suboptimal results after hip arthroplasty: development of a preliminary prediction algorithm. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders16, 279. doi:10.1186/s12891-015-0720-1
  • Desjardins-Charbonneau, A., Roy, J. S., Dionne, C. E., Fremont, P., MacDermid, J. C., & Desmeules, F. (2015). The efficacy of manual therapy for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 45(5), 330-350. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5455
  • Desmeules, F., Toliopoulos, P., Roy, J.-S., Woodhouse, L. J., Lacelle, M., Leroux, M., . . . Fernandes, J. C. (2013). Validation of an advanced practice physiotherapy model of care in an orthopaedic outpatient clinic. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 162. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-162

Research interests

  • Orthopedic interventions and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Advanced practices of physiotherapy
  • Diagnostic aid for shoulder and knee musculoskeletal disorders
  • Identification of disability associated with shoulder and knee musculoskeletal disorders
  • Epidemiology and health service research