Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital ranked among world’s best

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The Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) has recently been ranked as one of the top 30 orthopaedic trauma hospitals in the world by Newsweek. The unit houses a multidisciplinary team of staff including orthopaedic surgeons and trainees from the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma within UBC’s Department of Orthopaedics.

 “The international reputation of the VGH clinic can be attributed in large part to the quality of training and academic research, which members of the UBC Orthopaedic Trauma Division have led over the past 30-plus years” says Dr. Pierre Guy, Associate Professor and Head of the Trauma Division at the UBC Department of Orthopaedics. “The Division not only has a deep commitment to providing excellent patient care at VGH and beyond, but also to education and basic, clinical, and translational research.”

The Division’s fellowship program has a strong international reputation with fellows achieving their own clinical and academic successes all over the world. The unit is also renowned for its approach to clinical care including the Early Total Care of major trauma patients, and early care of peri-articular injuries, which has been presented and published in multiple scientific settings and taught around the world. Division members maintain close ties with prominent specialty societies as founding members of COTS (the Canadian Orthopedic Trauma Society), and are Key Opinion Leaders with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and AO International.

Dr. Robert Meek, UBC Orthopaedics emeritus faculty member and former Chief of Medical Staff at VGH, founded the UBC Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at UBC over 30 years ago, ultimately establishing the first standalone clinical and academic orthopaedic trauma unit in Canada. Early leaders within the Division recognized the importance of high care standards and data collection for quality improvement and research, which have now become fundamental standards of research in orthopaedic trauma, including Randomized Controlled Trials and the use of validated Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). The research publications and advances in surgical training that followed have revolutionized the field of orthopaedic trauma surgery throughout the world.

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