Invited Speakers

APOS Paediatric Orthopaedic Instructional Course Convenors

  • Michael Johnson
  • David Little
  • Kate Stannage

APOS ASM Convenors

  • Michael Bellemore
  • Mark O’Sullivan
  • Kate Stannage

Guest Speakers

Dr John Wedgeimage001

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Dr. Wedge obtained his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan and received his postgraduate general surgery and orthopaedic education from the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan and The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. He did his research training in the Metabolic Research Laboratory at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England (Sir Hans Krebs, Director) and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford University, supported by a fellowship from the Canadian Medical Research Council.

After completion of training he joined the Department of Surgery (Orthopaedics) in Saskatoon and later became Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan and Head of the Department of Surgery, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon. In 1988 he assumed the position of Head, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and in 1992 was appointed the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. In January 1995, he was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief, The Hospital for Sick Children. In September 2002, he completed his term as Chairman of the University Department of Surgery. He has subsequently been appointed Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Dr. Wedge’s clinical interests include reconstructive surgery of the hip in children and young adults, and the management of cerebral palsy. He is an orthopaedic consultant at the Bloorview MacMillan Centre, where he conducts a cerebral palsy and spasticity clinic, and at the Grandview Children’s Centre in Oshawa, where he also conducts a cerebral palsy clinic for children from Pickering to Peterborough.

Dr. Wedge is an international authority on complex surgical hip reconstruction in adolescents and has published widely in this area. He is frequently invited to universities and hospitals around the world to speak about hip surgery.

Dr. Wedge is a past president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Current Orthopaedics and the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a consultant reviewer for The American Volume of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Orthopaedic Surgery and The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and Governing Council of the University of Toronto. Memberships in organizations include The Canadian Orthopaedic Association, The American Orthopaedic Association, the American Surgical Association, the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, The Hip Society, American College of Surgeons, the British Orthopaedic Society (honorary) and The Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society (Oxford).

Dr. Wedge stepped down as Surgeon-in-Chief December 31, 2004.


Dr Peter Armstrongimage002

Shriners Hospitals for Childern, Salt Lake City

In January of 2013, Dr. Armstrong joined OrthoPediatrics as the first, full-time Chief Medical Officer of the company. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1972. His orthopaedic residency was done at the University of Toronto followed by a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship with Dr. Robert Salter at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Following his residency, he joined the orthopaedic staff at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto but spent the first two years doing orthopaedic research at the University of Pennsylvania. He then became Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children Intermountain (Salt Lake City). In 2000, he was selected as Chief Medical Officer of the 22 Shriners Hospitals and moved to the Headquarters in Tampa. At the end of June 2012, he became the Chief Medical Officer – Emeritus.

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