The 2022 COA/CORS/CORA Annual Meeting

Guest Speakers

Honourable Andrew Furey, MD, MHA, FRCSC
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Models of Efficiency Resulting from the Pandemic: The Newfoundland Perspective
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-12:00 during the Symposium on Models of Efficiency Resulting from COVID-19

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Andrew Furey is a passionate orthopaedic trauma surgeon and educator with Memorial University’s School of Medicine.

Premier Furey has a diverse education, which includes a Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Oxford University and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from Memorial. His strong work ethic has earned him many local, provincial, and national awards and honours. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Canadian Red Cross and earned the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross.

In 2010, he helped create Team Broken Earth to provide medical relief after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This Newfoundland and Labrador-born charity has since expanded in size and scope. Today, over 1,500 volunteers from across Canada, the US, and UK have participated in medical missions to Haiti as well as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. On top of that, Premier Furey helped found A Dollar A Day Foundation to support mental health initiatives across Canada.

Premier Furey enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison, and their children Maggie, Rachael and Mark. He credits his family for helping him stay grounded and maintain his perspective on what matters most – love, empathy, and making a difference.

Presidential Guest Lecturer Dr. Mo Bhandari, O.Ont, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Chair, Department of Surgery, McMaster University

Friday, June 10, 13:00-15:00 during Your COA Business Meeting

Dr. Bhandari currently serves as Chair, Department Surgery at McMaster University. He is a designated, University Scholar, at McMaster, to recognize his excellence in as an academic surgeon and scientist. It is a title held by less than 10 individuals within the entire University . He is the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery and holds a Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedics-the only chair of its kind in Canada. He received his Masters Degree in  Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and his PhD Degree from Goteborg University (Sweden). He  is recognized a global leader in  evidence-based surgery and Orthopaedic research receiving the fields highest awards including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Medal, the Edouard Samson Award, and  the Kappa Delta Award. He has been acknowledged among the top 10 most cited orthopaedic fracture surgeons in the world.  To this end, Dr. Bhandari has published over 1000 papers and has lead edited several of his field’s major research textbooks, including the best seller  “Evidence-Based Orthopaedics”. Receiving over 55 million dollars in research funding over his career.

R.I. Harris Lecturer Mr. Doug Thomson
Former CEO of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association

40 Years of Herding Cats – My Life in Orthopaedics
Wednesday, June 8, 17:00-18:00 during Opening Ceremonies

 With over 40 years experience in management and leadership positions within the orthopaedic sector, Doug Thomson retired in 2020 as CEO of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.  Doug began his career in the orthopaedic implant industry in 1980 in marketing before moving into management and senior management roles in orthopaedic device companies in both Canada and the United States.  After over 20 years in corporate management, he joined the Canadian Orthopaedic Association as CEO and led the organization through two decades of growth, development and change.  Doug shares his experiences and many lessons learned throughout an entire career’s commitment to the profession as this year’s R.I. Harris Lecturer.

Orthopaedic Oncology Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew A. Forsberg, MD, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Oncology, Johns Hopkins University

Osseointegration in Military Beneficiaries:  Early Results from Ongoing Clinical Trials
Friday, June 10, 10:30-12:00 during the  Tumour/Trauma Symposium on osseointegration techniques for lower extremity amputees.

Jonathan Forsberg is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University.  He has considerable expertise in the treatment of extremity sarcomas, metastatic bone disease, and osseointegration—a technology that transforms the lives of patients living with major limb amputations.  He is the principal investigator of several ongoing research efforts including FDA regulated multicenter clinical trials.  In addition, he co-manages the International Bone Metastasis Registry, designed to improve the way we approach and analyze the treatment of patients with metastatic bone disease.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and eared a PhD in applied bioinformatics from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden.

Orthopaedic Oncology Guest Speaker Dr. Natalie Habra, MD, FRCPC, BScPT
Physiatrist, EMG, Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal


Friday, June 10, 10:30-12:00 during the  Tumour/Trauma Symposium on osseointegration techniques for lower extremity amputees.

Ian Macnab Lecturer Dr. Frank Beier, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario

New insights into Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis from Animal Studies
Thursday, June 9, 13:00-14:30, during the Cy Frank Symposium on Innovation

Frank Beier is the Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research and the Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of Western University’s Bone and Joint Institute. His lab explores mechanisms controlling cartilage and joint biology, both during skeletal development and in diseases such as osteoarthritis, using genome-wide gene expression studies and genetically modified mice for osteoarthritis research.  For example, his research first implicated the EGFR pathway, several nuclear receptors, and the channel protein Pannexin 3 in this disease. Based on the identification of these pathways as mediators of osteoarthritis pathogenesis, several of his current projects attempt to translate these basic findings towards clinical applications.

Dr. Beier has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and given more than 120 invited presentations across the world. His work is currently supported by a Foundation Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and funds from the NIH. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and is a current member of several editorial boards, including Deputy Editor for Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. He was the Chair of the 2017 Cartilage Gordon Conference and was awarded the Basic Science Award from OARSI in 2019. He is a Fellow of ICORS. He served as standing member of the SBSR study section at NIH and currently is a standing member of the SBDD study section.

In addition to his research, Dr. Beier is passionate about mentoring the next generation of scientists and about EDI and social justice in academia and beyond. Dr. Beier lives in London, Canada. He has six children and, consequently, enjoys every moment of quiet he can get, especially while hiking and biking outside.


CORA Symposium Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Schmidt, MD
Chair of Orthopedics, Hennepin Healthcare

Personal Well-Being: The Key to Career Sustainability
Thursday, June 9, 15:30-17:00 during the CORA Symposium on Physician Resilience

Andrew Schmidt, MD is Chair of Orthopedics at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis and Professor in the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from medical school at the University of California at San Diego in 1988 and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University in 1993. He has been on the faculty at Hennepin Healthcare since completing his fellowship there in 1994.

Dr. Schmidt’s practice has focused on musculoskeletal trauma and adult reconstruction surgery. He has numerous research interests including acute compartment syndrome, musculoskeletal infection, peri-prosthetic fractures, and fractures of the hip. He is the Chair of the Education Council of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and is a past-President of the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA). Dr. Schmidt is Co-Editor of the texts “Surgical Treatment of Orthopedic Trauma” and “Knee Surgery: Tricks of the Trade”, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the OTA International journal.