Our History

On May 13 2016, we celebrated 50 years of the The University of Ottawa Orthopaedic Surgery Program as a leader in Education, Research and Clinical Care in the National Capital Region.

Since 1966, Ottawa has graduated over 200 residents as well as fellows from around the world. A great number of them have become leaders in their specialty as well as within their institution. Our heritage is rich and we look forward to another fifty years of Orthopaedic Excellence in the Nation’s Capital.

History of University of Ottawa Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1958 - First Head of Orthopaedics

    Dr Jacques Robichon becomes Head of the University Division of Orthopaedics.

  • July 1 1966 - Recognition by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

    With the cooperation of Dr. Hew Kellam at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the integrated orthopaedic program is recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. 

  • 1966 - First Graduate of the Integrated Program

    Dr. Jean Pierre Germain becomes the first graduate of the Integrated program. 

  • 1966 - Scoliosis Research Society

    Gordon Armstrong is a Founding Member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

  • 1971 - Recognition from the Faculty of Medicine

    The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Department of Surgery is recognized by the Faculty of Medicine, with Dean Lussier. 

  • 1971-78 - Inter-University Program

    Inter-University program for Orthopaedic Surgery between the University of West Indies and University of Ottawa.

  • 1973  - University Appointment Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Raymond Paiement from Montfort Hospital gets a University Appointment.

  • 1974 - CHEO Opening

     Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is open with Dr. William Mclntyre as head of the pediatric orthopaedic division (pictured second from the left).

  • 1976-1990 - Chair of the Division

     Dr. Hans K. Uhthoff becomes Chair of the Division of Orthopaedics University of Ottawa (Dr. Uhthoff on the left with Dr. Robichon).  

  • 1991-1997 - New Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Merv Letts becomes the new Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery (pictured middle on the right).

     

     

  • 1992 - Gold Medal of the Chinese Orthopaedic Association

    Dr Gordon Armstrong receives the Gold Medal of the Chinese Orthopaedic Association for his work in the development of spinal surgery in China. 

  • 1992 - Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory

    The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory is established the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

  • 1997-2003 - New Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Alan Giachino becomes the new Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

  • October 18, 2001 - Member of the Order of Canada

    Gordon W.D. Armstrong, C.M., M.D., F.R.C.S.(C). awarded with Member of the Order of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. He has improved the quality of life of people with spinal injuries. This renowned surgeon made significant contributions in clinical assessment and the design of implants for patients with spinal deformity through his involvement with the National Research Council of Canada. A former Head of Orthopaedics at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, he lectured and demonstrated new surgical techniques in Canada and abroad, and was instrumental in the development of the China Rehabilitation and Research Centre in Beijing. He also served as President of the Scoliosis Research Society and of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

  • 2003-2014 - New Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Geoffrey Dervin is named the new Chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • 2004 - President of the AANA

    Dr. Don Johnson is named the new President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.  

  • 2006 - The Wenzhou Orthopaedic Exchange

    Dr Alan Giachino establishes the Wenzhou Orthopaedic exchange.

  • 2007 - Hans K. Uhthoff Graduate Fund

    Hans K. Uhthoff Graduate Fund raises over 1 million dollars at the University of Ottawa.

  • May 25, 2009 - Member of the Order of Canada Award

    A. Alan Giachino, C.M., M.D., F.R.C.S.C., awarded with the Member of the Order of Canada award in Ottawa, Ontario. A surgeon at the Ottawa Hospital and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, Alan Giachino is an inspiration and role model for his students and colleagues. In addition to running a busy medical practice, he has brought the high standards of Canadian orthopaedic surgery to a number of developing countries. As a volunteer with World Orthopaedic Concern and Health Volunteers Overseas, he has shared his expertise and provided mentorship and networking opportunities to many medical practitioners in Asia and Africa. His continued dedication to surgical training has enhanced Canada’s reputation as a caring and compassionate nation.   

  • 2010 - Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory

    Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory Moves to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

     

     

  • 2015 - New Chair of the Division Of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. Paul E. Beaulé is named the new Chair of Division Of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • 2016 - 50th Anniversary

    50th Anniversary of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • 2016 - Research Chair in Regenerative Orthopaedic Surgery

    The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery donates $1 million for the research chair in regenerative orthopaedic surgery.

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