Virtual Town Hall: Life in 'the bubble' for Toronto Athletes

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Town Hall

Life in ‘the bubble’ for Toronto Athletes

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for a virtual town hall on sports medicine during COVID-19. Our Champions of Care are the real MVPs helping them stay healthy and on top of their game during the pandemic. This exciting conversation will be moderated by James Duthie.

Hear expert perspectives from our guest speakers:

Dr. John Theodoropoulos

Dr. John Theodoropoulos

Medical Director of Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic
Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays

Dr. John Theodoropoulos earned his Medical Degree at Queen's University and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University. He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago and completed his Masters of Science in Cartilage Regeneration at the University of Toronto. Dr. Theodoropoulos is currently an Assistant Professor of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic (DOSMC), a non-profit institute dedicated to the treatment, prevention and research of sport related injuries. He is also clinical head of University of Toronto Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Program (UTOSM) and Director of the Fellowship Program mentoring 8 National and International Fellows annually. As a distinguished and invited speaker, presenter and lecturer, he has contributed locally, provincially and nationally at meetings and conferences on topics such as ACL reconstruction, cartilage repair and tissue engineering and arthroscopic shoulder repair. Dr. Theodoropoulos is the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. He also consults for many local amateur and professional athletes and was part of the medical team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Hockey Tournament.

Dr. Tim Dwyer

Dr. Tim Dwyer

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic
Team Orthopedic surgeon for the Toronto Football Club

Based at Women’s College Hospital with a cross appointment at Mt Sinai Hospital, Dr. Tim Dwyer’s surgical practice encompasses open and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip and ankle. Dr. Tim Dwyer’s primary research focus is on the assessment of surgical competence, which is the basis of his PhD thesis at IMS. He designs and validates assessment methods, aimed to establish a minimal level of competence in both residents and fellows. This research occurs within the setting of Competency-Based Medical Education, a medical training model that was developed and established by the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dwyer’s other main focus is assessing competence in the performance of technical procedures. Much of this work occurs outside of the operating room, at WCH’s state-of-the-art arthroscopic simulation laboratory. Dr Dwyer’s research develops novel surgical simulation models for both sports medicine and other subspecialties, allowing trainees to both acquire and demonstrate the ability to perform complex technical procedures, prior to performance in the operating room. Tim also performs research in sports medicine, especially in regards to knee and shoulder surgery. He is involved in clinical trials for massive rotator cuff defects, shoulder instability and ACL reconstruction, as well as shoulder and knee osteoarthritis. He also supervises basic science projects that focus on complex shoulder instability, and the reliability of measurement as it pertains to clinical practice. Dr. Tim Dwyer is the team orthopedic surgeon for the Toronto Football Club (TFC).

Dr. David Lawrence

Dr. David Lawrence

Sports Medicine Doctor and Lead Primary Care Sports Medicine
Physician for the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto WolfPack RLFC

Dr. David Lawrence is a sports and exercise medicine physician and rural emergency physician. He completed his medical school, family and community medicine residency, and sports & exercise medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lawrence is recognized under the Ministry of Health and Longterm Care as a GP Focused Practitioner in Sports Medicine. He is currently completing a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Lawrence holds hospital privileges at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (University Health Network) and Haliburton Highlands Health Services: Hospital (Haliburton, Ontario). Dr. Lawrence has clinical experience working with athletes of all ages and levels of experience. Dr. Lawrence has worked with many elite and professional athletes and has volunteered at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and the 2013 FISU Winter Games (Kazan, Russia). He is also the Lead Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician for the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto WolfPack RLFC.

Dr. Howard Ovens

Dr. Howard Ovens

Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Sinai Health System and Medical Advisor, Sinai Health Foundation

Howard Ovens is an emergency physician and Chief Medical Strategy Officer of the Sinai Health System. At the University of Toronto he holds the rank of Full Professor at the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine and is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is the Ontario Expert Lead for Emergency Medicine; in that capacity he chairs the Emergency Services Advisory Committee and as part of the pandemic response sits on the Ontario Health “R5- Response Table” representing Emergency Medicine. He is also a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians; he tweets about issues in the administration of and public policy related to emergency services using the handle @HowardOvens and his blog “Waiting to be seen” is hosted on the Emergency Medicine Cases website.

Dr. Howard Ovens

James Duthie

Sports Broadcaster, TSN

James Duthie is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He also contributes to key CFL ON TSN events, including the playoffs and Grey Cup. Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada and one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter. His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allow him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment. Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including three Geminis, a Canadian Screen Award, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting award from Sports Media Canada.

Thanks to the generous support from Patrick Dovigi our experts at the Dovigi Orthopaedic Medicine Sports Clinic will continue to lead the field and provide world class care for years to come.

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