Annual of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


The Hospital for Sick Children

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery


Warm greetings from the division of orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. Our people make our division and I believe it is the right mix that counts. Patients, trainees, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to this mix.

As the only children’s hospital in the Greater Toronto Area and one of the largest anywhere we see a patient population in which ‘rare’ problems of all sorts are in fact exceedingly common. The privilege of looking after these patients continues to challenge and reward all of us, and is the driving force behind our education and research endeavours.

Our trainees include fellows from around the world. Recent fellows have come to us from residency programs in the USA, UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and we have alumni practicing in all of these regions. The ability to share ideas, problems, and approaches from so many places enriches our thinking on a daily basis. Clinical fellows spend 80% of their time on clinical work and 20% of their time completing and publishing one or more research projects, supported by their own dedicated research assistant. Some recent fellows have taken advantage of the extensive academic opportunities at the University of Toronto to complete a degree program or a second clinical fellowship in adult orthopaedics to supplement their training here.

Our faculty all hold full time academic appointments at the University of Toronto and represent a spectrum of paediatric orthopaedic sub-specialists working at the forefront of their fields. Each has an active research program in basic science, education, clinical research, or public health.

Our staff include many dedicated nursing and allied health professionals with an increasing number of nursing and physiotherapy practitioners playing large roles in the care of clubfoot, scoliosis, fractures, hip dysplasia, and limb lengthening. We continue to build on a long tradition of interprofessional care for quality, safety and efficiency as well as to optimize patient and staff satisfaction.

Our alumni include highly accomplished paediatric orthopaedic surgeons who remain active colleagues and valued friends with us and with each other. We meet annually during POSNA and represent one of the largest and most active alumni associations of any training program. Former fellows had a special opportunity to look back on their time in Toronto when we hosted POSNA in May of 2013.

From all of our division, greetings and warm regards.

Andrew Howard Chief Division of Orthopaedics
Hospital for Sick Children