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Orthopaedic surgeons give $1.5 million to honour division founder

May 31, 2011

Orthopaedic surgeons give $1.5 million to honour division founder
Dr. James Roth Chair, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Western is attracting and investing millions of dollars into a matching endowed chairs program that will provide sustained leadership in strategic areas of teaching and research.

The latest investment is a $3-million chair funded by a group of 25 orthopaedic surgeons at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Their $1.5-million commitment will honour Dr. J.C. Kennedy, the first Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Western, who died in 1983.

“Western’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery has expanded and flourished under the strong leadership of prior division chairs including Drs. Kennedy, Harvey Bailey, Cecil Rorabeck and Robert Bourne,” says Dr. James Roth, MD'75, current Division Chair. “The J.C. Kennedy Chair ensures that the division will be able to compete for the best possible leaders in perpetuity.”

The J.C. Kennedy Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery will enable Western to recruit or retain an individual of high standing in the field of orthopaedic surgery, who will also hold the position of Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, a division in the Department of Surgery at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

The Western Division of Orthopaedic Surgery has successfully trained 337 residents and fellows who are now working and training others in 22 countries. It is known nationally and internationally for excellence in sports, lower limb joint replacement, hand and upper limb, spine, trauma and children’s orthopaedic surgery.

Division of Orthopaedics
Members of Western’s Division of Orthopaedics in the Department of Surgery have donated $1.5 million to create the J.C. Kennedy Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. Pictured above (from left to right) in front: Drs. Graham King, Kevin Gurr, Bob Bourne, James Roth, Steve MacDonald, Ken Faber. Second row: Drs. Deb Bartley, Marie-Eve LeBel, Darren Drosdowech, Rich McCalden, Kevin Willets, Dave Sanders, Ruby Grewal, Stew Bailey. Back row: Drs. Bob Giffin, Mark MacLeod, Doug Naudie, Tim Carey, Jim McAuley, George Athwal, Jamie Howard, Abdel Lawendy, Chris Bailey, Dave Chess, Bob Litchfield.

Western’s postgraduate training program in orthopaedic surgery began in 1960 under the leadership of Dr. Kennedy. Since then, the division has grown into one of the premier training programs recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

“We have an ambitious goal to create endowed chairs, attracting some of the world’s best researchers to Western,” says Amit Chakma, Western’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “We built momentum this year and we will continue to support this strategic priority to create 100 new chairs within the next decade.”

This is the third chair to be announced under the matching fund program. The University has committed $12.5 million to match private gifts of $1.5 million to create the first eight permanent endowed chairs, valued at $3 million each.

“The J.C. Kennedy Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery will not only strengthen our collaborative partnerships across the community in education, research and clinical care, but will take the orthopaedic division’s national reputation for excellence to a global level,” says President Chakma. “We appreciate the vital role our alumni and private sector partners play in this exciting opportunity.”

This article appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of Impact Western
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