2019 Fellowship Research Day

On behalf of Dr. Johnny Lau, Divisional Clinical Fellowship Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto

Dear orthopaedic faculty, residents, and fellows,
The Annual Fellowship Research day was successfully completed on May 23, 2019.

The format of the Fellowship research day was changed to a dinner meeting event occurring after the clinical activities. The change in format was to allow increase Faculty participation in the meeting, which was accomplished with a record number of faculty members attending the meeting to celebrate with their fellows the completion of a successful fellowship.

With the shorter Fellowship Research program, the Fellowship committee selected 12 podium and 11 e-poster presentations. The submitted abstracts represented all the hospitals and various subspecialties, and were worthy for presentation at any national or international meeting.

I would like to thank the members of our selection panel (Drs. Davey, Ferguson, Finkelstein, and Whalen) for making some very difficult choices. The best podium presentation was a tie and was awarded to Dr. George Basile “Evaluate the Impact of Lymph Node Metastasis in Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcomas on Patient Survival” (Supervisor: University MSK Oncology Unit), and Dr. Waleed Albishi “Inhibition of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 (FGFR3) Signaling to Accelerate Bone Formation During Distraction Osteogenesis of Mice Tibiae” (Supervisor: St. Michael’s Upper Limb/Trauma Fellowship). The best e-poster was awarded to Dr. Simon Garceau “Impact of Hip Antibiotic-Spacer Dislocation on Final Implant Position and Outcomes” (Supervisor: Mount Sinai Arthroplasty Lower Extremity and Reconstruction).

Dr. George Basile and Dr. Michael Sellan (runner-up) were selected by the University of Toronto residents as the top fellowship teachers.

The keynote presentation was presented by Dr. Rod Davey, and was entitled: “Arthroplasty: My innovative professional activities and charitable surgical missions.” Dr. Davey presented his passion for arthroplasty in teaching, innovating, and designing new implants. He also discussed his humanitarian work in Guatemala. His advice to the graduating fellows was to “enjoy your family”.

The evening concluded with the Toronto Raptors beating Philadelphia, and dessert with the fellows, faculty, and sponsors. 

I would like to thank our Platinum and Gold sponsors who have helped create a world-class Fellowship Research Day.

  • Stryker
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • Synthes
  • Smith Nephew
  • Linvatec
  • MD Management
  • RBC 
  • Wright Medical

Dr. Johnny Lau, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot and Ankle
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Program Director, University of Toronto Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Divisional Clinical Fellowship Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto

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