Dr. Gerard Slobogean Wins the OTA Bovill Award

We are proud to share that UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program alumnus, Dr. Gerard Slobogean, has won the 2020 Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s (OTA) Bovill Award!

The award-winning scientific paper by Dr. Slobogean and team, entitled Vitamin D3 Supplementation Does Not Improve Fracture Healing: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial, aims to determine the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on fracture healing at 3 months. Data from the study indicated that the routine use of supplements does not improve fracture healing. In results presented at the 2020 OTA Annual Meeting by Dr. Slobogean, vitamin D3 supplementation showed no improvement in clinical or radiographic fracture healing in adult patients who underwent intramedullary nailing for a tibial or femoral shaft fracture.

“It is an honour to win the Bovill Award” says Dr. Slobogean. “Our trial attempted to address the emerging practice of prescribing vitamin D3 supplements to improve fracture healing in healthy patients. Completing this double-blinded placebo, controlled trial is a testament to tremendous collaboration between the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center and the world-class Center for Evidenced-Based Orthopaedics at McMaster University.”

About the award:
The Bovill Award is dedicated to Surgeon, Edwin G Bovill, Jr. MD, (1918 – 1986) traumatologist, educator, academician, and gentleman; co-founder of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. This award is presented annually to the author of the most outstanding OTA Annual Meeting scientific paper.
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