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Dr. John Murnaghan completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Toronto in 1987. He completed fellowships in arthroscopy and lower limb reconstructive surgery at The Toronto General/Mount Sinai Hospitals before completing his Masters of the Arts in Education Administration at the University of Illinois in 1989. He went on to join the orthopaedic staff at The Wellesley Hospital in Toronto in 1990. John led the Resident as Teacher program in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto for 15 years. He relocated his practice to the Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre after hospital restructuring in 1998. More recently, Dr. Murnaghan, in collaboration with Dr. Oleg Safir, designed and implemented the Basic Arthroplasty Rotation for the Competency-based Curriculum for the Division of Orthopaedics in Toronto.

Marc and Barb are founding members of the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad (CAMTA). CAMTA has been providing both adult and paediatric orthopaedic surgery to the underprivileged people of Ecuador for the past 15 years. The group started with a skeleton crew of nineteen people on a one-week mission in 2001, and has since proudly expanded to two teams of nearly 50 committed volunteers each, travelling to Ecuador for close to a total of three weeks annually. The mission now provides training experiences for students (medical, nursing and other) as well as residents (family, orthopaedic and anaesthesia), planting the seed for their future interest in offering time and skills to underprivileged populations. Please join us in congratulating this year’s award recipients.

John is currently an Education Consultant to the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Basic Science Course and recently served two terms as the Chair of the COA’s Continuing Professional Development Committee. His numerous contributions to the COA educational programs include the addition of the Fireside Chats sessions and increased high-quality education-based symposia and workshops at our Annual Meetings. The COA Presidential Award for Excellence is presented for excellence in at least two of the following areas: • Service to the profession in the field of orthopaedic surgery; • Service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of orthopaedic care in Canada; • Personal contributions to the advancement of the art and science of orthopaedic surgery. I was honoured to present this year’s Award for Excellence to Dr. Marc and Mrs. Barb Moreau. Dr. Marc Moreau is a peadiatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton Alberta and has been in practice since 1979. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta where he is involved in teaching and research into spinal deformity in both the clinical and basic science areas. He is the Assistant Dean of Admissions to the University of Alberta School of Medicine and Dentistry and has held this position since 2000. Dr. Moreau was President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association from 2007-2008 and has served on multiple COA committees throughout his career. Marc and Barb Moreau are presented with the COA’s 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence by Dr. Robin Richards

COA Bulletin ACO - Fall / Automne 2016

COA Bulletin #114 Fall 2016  

The Fall edition of the COA Bulletin, the official journal of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association

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