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Regional Joint Assessment Centre

Phone: (807) 684-6965
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The Regional Joint Assessment Centre team includes our Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists who are Advanced Practice Clinicians

 

Meet them here:

 

Dr. David Puskas, OLJ, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

 

Chief of Othopaedic Surgery , Trauma Team Leader, Orthopaedic Surgeon in Spine, Trauma & Complex Arthroplasty : Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Assistant Professor and Program Director Post Graduate Training: Orthopaedic Surgery: Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Member of Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty Committee and Examinations Committee: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Specialist Medical Officer, Deputy Commander Officer: Canadian Armed Forces

Dr. David Puskas graduated in 1991 with his honours Medical Degree from the University of Toronto. He completed his Orthopaedic specialty training at Uof T with concurrent fellowship training in adult trauma, acetabular reconstruction, lower limb arthroplasty and reconstructive surgery of the spine with particular emphasis on complex metastatic spinal disease. He established his practice in Orthopaedic Trauma/Reconstructive Surgeon and Spinal Reconstructive Surgeon in 1997.

Dr. Puskas has been the Chief of Orthopaedics at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre since 2005, as well as Trauma Team Leader since 2000. Dr. Puskas is the Program Director for Post Graduate Training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty and Examinations Committee with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Puskas has presented nationally and internationally as invited faculty in his areas of expertise.

Dr. Puskas has numerous publications as Principle Investigator for Clinical Research Trials on Anticoagulation, Implant Design, Blood Preservation and Pain Control.  He holds the title of Medical Director with Regenmed, a non -profit tissue bank harvesting and processing human allograft tissue including bone, skin and heart.

Dr. Puskas has been the recent recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Order of St. Lazarus and the Afghanistan Star for Military Service in the Afghanistan Theatre of War. He also received the Canadian General Service Medal for service in support of the Canadian Military in Afghanistan having completed three tours at MMU Afghanistan in 2007, 2008 and 2010

 

Dr. Claude Cullinan, MD, FRCS(C)

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Trauma Team Leader, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Claude Cullinan completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995. He completed a one-year Fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction, followed by a six-month combined Fellowship in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Cullinan has been on active staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre since 2002.  He has served as Trauma Team Leader since 2008.  His current practice focuses on primary and revision knee and hip arthroplasty.

Dr. Cullinan has presented research on Knee Arthritis treatment at a national level.  He has been a sub-investigator for multiple clinical trials on post-operative anticoagulation.  He has served as an advisor on the former Ontario Joint Replacement Registry, and has served on Hip and Knee Arthroplasty committees for the Northwest Local Health Integrated Network.   

 

Dr. Kurt Droll, MSc, MD, FRCS(C)

 

Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Trauma Team Leader, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Kurt Droll earned his medical degree and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency from the University of Toronto.  He became a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2005.  He completed fellowship training in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and also in adult reconstructive surgery from the University of Southern California in 2007.  

He currently is an Assistant Professor for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  This includes the medical education of surgical residents in the Orthopaedic Surgery post-graduate training program.  He has presented research at national meetings and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.   

His clinical specialties include hip and knee replacement and orthopaedic trauma. He has been practicing in Thunder Bay since 2007 and currently holds the position of co-medical director for Regenmed, a non-profit human tissue bank located in Thunder Bay.   

 

Caroline Fanti,  Msc (candidate) BSc (PT), Bsc (HK)

Physiotherpist (Advanced Practice) and Practice Leader for ISAEC, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)

Masters in Health Management student: McMaster University School of Rehabilitative Sciences and the DeGroot School of Business

Caroline is currently the Practice Leader with the ISAEC program based out of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. For the past 4 years, Caroline has been the Clinical Lead for the Regional Joint Assessment Centre - a multidisciplinary best practice model of care which utilizes a Centralized Intake for hip and knee replacement patients across Northwestern Ontario.

Caroline has completed extensive post graduate course work in orthopaedics with a focus on spine, hip and knee assessment. In the past 5 years, she has been working collaboratively with orthopaedic surgeons in the referral triage, screening and management of patients with low back, hip or knee pain utilizing best practice clinical guidelines. Caroline was a member of the Orthopaedic Expert Panel and possesses experience in program development and knowledge translation around new programs of care.

Caroline has presented locally, provincially and nationally through Bone and Joint Canada on the Role of Centralized Intake multidisciplinary models of care which improve outcomes and decrease wait times. Publications have been featured in the Canadian and Ontario Orthopaedic Association Bulletins as well as the Northern Ontario Medical Journal

 

Karen Murphy BSc. (PT)

Physiotherpist (Advanced Practice) for the Regional Joint Assessment Centre (RJAC), Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)

Karen completed her physiotherapy training at Queen’s University.  She has completed post graduate courses on hip, knee and shoulder assessment and rehabilitation.

Karen has fifteen years experience as a physiotherapist, providing care for total hip and knee arthroplasty patients. She has been involved in various hospital committees, assisting with creation of clinical pathways and best practice guidelines.

In her current role she as a part of the multidisplinary team at the Regional Joint Assessment Centre, she is triaging referrals, assessing and determining best management of patients with hip and knee problems.  This centralized model of care has been very successful in reducing wait times, improving quality care and outcomes for patients in Northwestern Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Together
Medical Centre - 984 Oliver Road, Suite 101, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 7C7 Phone: (807) 684-6965
Referrals for Consultation can be sent to RJAC by fax at: (807) 684-5836