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Surgeon Group Invests $2-million in Local Orthopedic Research

March 17, 2014

The group of orthopedic surgeons practicing at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre are donating $2-million over 10 years to fund a local orthopedic research program. The donation was announced today by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

“This donation is huge for research, huge for improving and advancing patient care and huge on leadership from the orthopedic surgeons,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Foundation.

The six surgeons making the donation are: Dr. Peter Clark, Dr. Claude Cullinan, Dr. Kurt Droll, Dr. Jubin Payandeh, Dr. David Puskas, and Dr. Tracy Wilson.

“We’re doing this because we want to establish a sustainable orthopedic research program,” said Dr. Droll. “Investing in research is what leads to innovation and advancements in patient care.”

The surgeons’ hope is that this announcement will highlight the need for more community investment in health research.

“We are looking for our community and government people to step up and say, if our surgeons are committed enough to the point of giving $30,000 each for 10 years, we should be committed and jump on board and help our physicians improve healthcare problems in Northwestern Ontario,” said Dr. Puskas.

One of the projects to be funded through the research program is a study into the higher amputation rates in the North West LHIN related to patient complications from diabetes which, data shows, are almost 3 times higher than the provincial average. According to Dr. Puskas, the surgeons see a higher rate of amputations in First Nations patients in our region – and at younger ages. He added, “Our goal is to drop the amputation rate in our LHIN by 50% recognizing that the greatest portion of this will be a huge change in the amputation rate for First Nations.”

“In an environment of tough choices, investment in health research & innovation is a smart choice,” said Janet Northan, Director of Government Relations and Interim Director of Clinical Research for the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute. “Health research and innovation in Ontario is as much about improving the quality and reducing the cost of healthcare as it is about creating a new path to innovation, jobs, growth and opportunity.”

“This group of highly skilled, highly dedicated, and generous orthopedic surgeons are showing great leadership among their clinical peers with this donation,” says Dr. Gordon Porter, Chief of Staff at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. “Clinicians enable us to provide the most complex and urgent care, teach the next generation of healthcare providers, and foster healthcare innovation through research and discovery.”

This is collectively one of the largest gifts in the Health Sciences Foundation’s history and shows great leadership as the Health Sciences Foundation is building a Culture of Philanthropy at the Health Sciences Centre and in the community.

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For more information, please contact:

Kelly Arnold
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation
807-684-7111 (Direct) 807-631-3793 (Cell)
[email protected]
www.Healthsciencesfoundation.ca

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