2022 Graduation Day

Dear Colleagues,
On Friday June 17 we finally held our first in-person academic event since the start of the pandemic. The 2nd Dan Stojimirovic Graduation Day allowed us to celebrate the successes and achievements of our graduating class of 2022.

The event was held at the University Club and featured a combination of research paper presentations and lively debates by our graduates. ​Our Salter Visiting Professor was Dr. Laurie Hiemstra from Banff. Dr. Hiemstra was recently installed as the 77th President of the COA and the first woman to hold this important role. She is also our first female Graduation Day visiting professor.

The best research project presentation was awarded to Dr. Ahmed Cherry for his project “Trans-osseous repair of the posterior structures is superior to direct suturing in posterior approach THA: a comparative cadaveric study” and the best debate was between Dr. Jay Toor and Dr. David Burns, addressing the topic “Artificial Intelligence in Orthopaedics: Fantastic or Fantasy”. Dr. Hiemstra topped off the day with a fantastic and inspiring talk entitled “Women in Orthopaedics – The Road to a Culture of Inclusion”. 

In the evening, we held a dinner at the Arcadian Court in honour of our graduates and their partners. We also gave several of our annual awards.

  • The junior resident Lawson Awards for high academic achievement on the OITE were given to Drs. Sulaiman Alrefai, Brent Bates, Johnathan Lex and Xing (Bill) Mei.
  • The Dr. James Waddell Award for the most outstanding PGY-4 resident was given to Dr. Tyler Hauer.
  • The Borna Meisami Award for most compassionate PGY-5 resident was awarded to Dr. Hayley Spurr.
  • The Lawson Award for most outstanding graduating PGY-5 resident was given to Dr. David Burns.
  • The most outstanding teacher as selected by the residents was Dr. Jesse Wolfstadt

I’d like to thank Kim Moffatt for all of her hard work to ensure the day was a success!

Below is a selection of photos from our Graduation Day.

Best regards,

Peter C. Ferguson MD MSc FRCSC FAOA
Albert and Temmy Latner Chair,
Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto