News from the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery...
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Martineau who was selected for the prestigious American-British-Canadian Travelling Fellowship for 2011. He toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand with fellow awardees over a 5-week period this past May.
In November 2010 the McGill Medical simulation Center once again hosted the Annual McGill / Universite de Montreal Arthroscopy Course. This one of a kind collaboration between Montreal’s two major academic institutions is a 2-day course, organised by Dr. Mark Burman (MGH), Dr. Monika Volesky (JGH) and Dr. David Blanchette (UdeM). What makes this collaborative effort unique is that it is structured to offer Arthroscopic training in a didactic and hands on manner to community orthopedic surgeons from across Quebec, the Maritimes and Eastern Ontario. The second day is dedicated to resident teaching, offered to Orthopaedic residents from all 4 Quebec medical teaching programs. This year marked the 5 year anniversary of this course and it has continued to grow each year. Aside from a strong group of local McGill and U de M faculty, we welcomed representation from other Quebec teaching programs and were honored to have Dr. Freddie Fu as the special Invited Guest Faculty. Dr. Fu is the Chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburg. He is a world renowned leader in the field of Sports Medicine and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Fu shared his thoughts on Anatomic ACL reconstruction with our course participants and residents during a special Grand Rounds presentation followed by a surgical cadaveric demonstration, which was appreciated by all. The course was once again a big success and Drs Burman, Volesky and Blanchette are already at work putting together the next course for November 2011.
In October 2010 the Division hosted Mininder S. Kocher MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Division ofSports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston as the 25th Annual Eugene Rogala Visiting Professor. Dr. Kocher is the head team physician for Babson College and the Boston Public School Sports Medicine Initiative and serves as physician for the Boston Ballet, the USA Figure Skating and Ski Teams, USA Track & Field and the Boston Marathon. He is the recipient of numerous awards for clinical excellence including the 2005 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/ OREF Kappa Delta Award/ Clinical Research Award, which is the highest research honor in orthopaedics.
As the newly appointed Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedic Services for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Canada, Dr. Reggie Hamdy will provide leadership during thetransition from the 85 year-old facility on Cedar Ave. to the Glen Campus facility, slated for completion in 2014. The Shriner’s revealed their plans for a new hospital at the Glen Campus adjacent to the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in July 2010. The clinical facilities with four operating rooms, 22 single patient rooms and a rehabilitation facility will share services with the MCH and be supported by fundamental and translational research activities in 25,000 square feet of dedicated space. Dr. Jean Ouellet, appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff in December 2010, will work closely with Dr. Hamdy to ensure the timely and effective transition of clinical and research activities from the existing location on Cedar Ave. to the Glen Campus.
The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes Dr. Neil Saran to the Montreal Children’s and Shriner’s Hospitals. Dr. Saran joined the Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery team in September 2010 after completing fellowships in Paediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas, Texas) and Paediatric Spine & Hip Surgery at the BC Children’s Hospital (Vancouver, BC) and a concomitant MHSc in Clinical Epidemiology. In addition to his strong interest in Evidenced-Based Medicine, he has joined the expanding group of surgeon scientists in the Division. Dr Saran brings a multitude of much needed new skill sets to the McGill unit including hip realignment procedures such as the Ganz periacetabular osteotomy and surgical hip dislocations for adolescent and young adult patients with hip dysplasia or femoroacetabular impingement to prevent early onset osteoarthritis of the hip. In addition, he has a keen interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery to improve post operative management and outcomes of patients undergoing spinal surgery. Congratulations to Dr. Saran on performing the first minimally invasive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis corrective surgery in Canada outside of British Columbia!