Dr. Laurie Hiemstra, Banff Sport Medicine and President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Dr Hiemstra is a Fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon working in Banff, Canada. She holds an Associate Professor appointment at the University of Calgary. The clinical and research program in Banff is focused on knee ligament injury, prevention of secondary injury, rehabilitation and surgical outcomes with an emphasis on ACL injury and reconstruction and patellofemoral instability. Laurie is on the Board of Directors of the Patellofemoral Foundation, Banff Sport Medicine Foundation, Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). Laurie has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and is a national and international speaker.
Dr. Olufemi Ayeni, McMaster University and 2nd President Elect of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Dr. Ayeni is a Professor and the Academic Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. He is currently the medical director for the Hamilton Tiger Cats (Canadian Football League) and Forge FC (Canadian Premier League) and previously served as the assistant team physician for the New Jersey Nets (National Basketball Association). He has published over 300 academic publications in sports medicine as well as several textbooks focused on sports medicine/research. His research addressing sports medicine related injuries has been funded by major organizations (CIHR, AANA, AOSSM). He is considered a leading authority on hip injuries and conditions in the young adult as this is a substantial portion of his clinical practice. He has spoken widely across the globe on evidence based approaches to evaluate and treat hip related syndromes and other conditions.
Dr. Marcia Clark, University of Calgary
Dr. Clark is a Clinical Associate Professor and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University of Calgary and Lead of Surgery at the South Health Campus Hospital. As an executive director with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), her work sees her travel internationally to countries including China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to speak and advise on medical education topics. As an orthopaedic surgeon, her work focuses on surgical arthritis care and sport medicine. She is heavily involved with many athletic teams including the Canadian Alpine Ski Team medical group, Calgary Wolfpack Rugby team, University of Calgary Dinos teams, International Speed Skating, and Formula One Motor Racing (Montreal). Through her involvement with UCeed and Creative Destruction Lab Rockies, Dr. Clark provides advice and mentorship to health technology startups.