Guest Faculty

Michael S. Aronow

Michael S. Aronow MD
Orthopedic Associates of Hartford
Hartford, CT, USA
President, AOFAS

Dr. Michael Aronow grew up in Long Beach, California. He graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and the Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences & Technology Program in 1989. He did a general surgery internship, orthopedic residency, research fellowship, and sports medicine fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, followed by a year of advanced clinical experience in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Aronow was a member of the full-time faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine from 1997 to 2012 where he was an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, a recipient of the Richard A. Garibaldi, M.D. Doctor’s Day Award, and a recipient of the Harry R. Gossling, M.D. Orthopedic Residency Educator of the Year award. He continues to have an association with the UConn School of Medicine as a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. He joined Orthopedic Associates of Hartford in 2012. Dr. Aronow is a Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society and President and member of the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Aronow was elected to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons OrthoPAC Hall of Fame in 2021 and named the 2023 Connecticut Orthopaedist of the Year by the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society.

Timothy Clough

Timothy Clough BSc(Hons) MB ChB FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Head of the Foot & Ankle Unit
Wrightington Hospital, UK

Tim Clough qualified from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and Manchester, completing his orthopaedic training in Canada with an International Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship.

He is an NHS Consultant at Wrightington Hospital, where his practice consists of ankle arthroplasty and fusions, revisions, complex hindfoot surgery, forefoot reconstruction, sports injuries and arthroscopy. For the last 15 years, he has provided advice and surgery following referrals from various Premiership and Championship football teams, super league rugby teams, premiership rugby union teams and a range of elite and Olympic athletes across various National sporting organizations.

Mr Clough has published across a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, is Clinical Supervisor and trainer to the Wrightington Fellow on BOA Orthopaedic Leadership programme, is an elected member of the Outcomes Committee of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘The Foot’, is a reviewer for the BJJ and FAI, has sat as External Examiner for the School of Medicine BMSc programme at the University of Dundee and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford.

Rachael Dacunha

Rachael Dacunha MD, FRCPC
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Complex Deformity Reconstruction
Queen’s University
Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Da Cunha obtained her medical education at the University of Calgary where she completed both medical school and Orthopaedic Surgery residency training. After graduating from residency, Dr. Da Cunha pursued fellowship training in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Following this, she completed further subspecialty fellowship training in Limb Lengthening and Complex Deformity Reconstruction Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Da Cunha is currently in practice at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, and an assistant professor at Queen’s University, where she specializes in Foot and Ankle Surgery, as well as Trauma Reconstruction Surgery and Complex Deformity Reconstruction.

Christopher Del Balso

Christopher Del Balso MBBS, MSc, FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Western University
Orthopaedic Trauma/Foot and Ankle Surgeon
London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital

Dr. Christopher Del Balso attended medical school at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Western University in London, Ontario. Following residency, Dr. Del Balso completed subspecialty fellowship training in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at the University of Toronto, and Orthopaedic Trauma at Western University.

Peter Dryden

Peter Dryden BSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC
Associate professor
Department of Orthopedics
University of British Columbia
Rebalance MD
Victoria British Colombia

Orthopedic Residency University of British Columbia. Foot and ankle fellowship University of Toronto with Dr. Daniels. Practices in Victoria, B.C. Current section head, division of orthopedics, Victoria. Active with the Canadian Orthopedic Association and The British Columbia Orthopedic Association.

Mark Anthony Glazebrook

Mark Anthony Glazebrook MSc, PhD, Dip Sports Med., MD, FRCSC
President Canadian Orthopedics Association
Professor of Surgery
Dalhousie University & QEII HSC
Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Subspecialty in: Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine

Mark Glazebrook is a full time Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dalhousie University with a cross appointment to the School of Biomedical Engineering. He completed his medical training in 1994 and completed specialty training in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1999 at Dalhousie. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Foot & Ankle and Sports Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.

This was followed with a PhD in Achilles Tendon Disease at Dalhousie University. Dr. Glazebrook devotes 80% of his working time to clinical practice focusing on Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Reconstruction and Sports Medicine. During research time focus is on outcome studies on Evidence Based Medicine, Ankle Arthritis, MTP Arthritis, Bone Graft Substitutes and Achilles tendon rupture care. He is currently President of the Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA)

Gordon Goplen BA, BSc, MD, FRCSC
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Orhopedics
University of Alberta

Dr. Gordon Goplen is currently appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Lucky Jeyaseelan

Lucky Jeyaseelan MBBS BSc FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Clinical Lead Elective Orthopaedics – Barts Bone & Joint Health, Barts Health NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University London (QMUL)

Mr Lucky Jeyaseelan is a Trauma and orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon based in London, UK, at the internationally renowned Barts Bone & Joint Health, including one of the busiest trauma units in Europe, The Royal London Hospital. He is the Clinical Lead for Elective Orthopaedics at the Barts Health Orthopaedic Centre (BHOC). He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London (QMUL). He completed his training on the Percivall Pott Rotation in London, followed by Fellowship training in Adult Foot and ankle/Reconstruction at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

He was an American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) Travelling Fellow in 2023. He is currently the Chair of the Foot & Ankle Committee at SICOT. He sits on the Elective Orthopaedic Committee of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and the Evidence-Based Medicine Committee of AOFAS.

As a passionate educator, he also has roles on the ST3 Selection Design Group responsible for running the registrar selection process in the UK and being a member of the Specialty Advisory Committee in Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Melissa Laflamme

Melissa Laflamme MD, FRCSC, MSc
Clinical Professor
Department of Surgery
Laval University
CHUL CHU de Québec

Karl-Andre Lalonde

Karl-Andre Lalonde MD, MEd, FRCSC
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital

Bradley Meulenkamp

Bradley Meulenkamp MD, MSc, FRCSC
Orthoapaedic Surgeon, The Ottawa Hospital
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Dr. Meulenkamp completed his medical studies at the University of Calgary, followed by his residency training at the University of Ottawa. He then undertook a year of fellowship training in both Orthopaedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle reconstruction. Dr. Meulenkamp joined The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus, focusing his patient care on a full range of forefoot, hindfoot and ankle pathology as well as acute fracture care and post-traumatic reconstruction. Dr. Meulenkamp is concurrently completing a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Ottawa with a focus on research methodology, clinical trials, and knowledge translational research.

Murray Penner

Murray Penner MD, FRCSC
Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
University of British Columbia

Dr. Murray J. Penner, MD, FRCSC is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and the Head of the Regional Department of Orthopaedics, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority & Providence Health Care. He is also the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and a Past-President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (COFAS). His full-time academic subspecialty practice is focused on adult orthopaedic foot and ankle reconstruction with particular interests in complex deformity correction and total ankle replacement design.

Andrea Veljkovic

Andrea Veljkovic MD, MPH(Harvard) BComm, FAOA, FRCSC
Foot and Ankle Reconstruction/Arthroscopy & Athletic Injuries(Knee and Ankle)/Trauma
Associate Clinical Professor Department of Orthopaedics, St. Paul’s Hospital, UBC
Partner – Footbridge Clinic for Integrated Orthopaedic Care
Fellowship Director UBC Adult Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
Research Director UBC Orthopaedic Residency Program
Research Director Canadian Foot and Ankle Society

Areas of specialty: Sport Medicine, Knee, Foot and Ankle

Dr. Andrea Veljkovic is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the Fellowship Director for the Adult Foot and Ankle Reconstruction Fellowship program and Research Director of the UBC Orthopaedics training program. Dr. Veljkovic has been in full time academic subspecialty surgical practice for more than ten years. Her particular interests are in joint preservation and lower extremity sport injuries and arthroscopy. She maintains a sport knee and sport foot and ankle affiliation with the UBC varsity sport teams. Her particular interests are in cutting edge surgical techniques, realignment procedures, and biologics interventions joint preservation of the knee, foot and ankle through the use of minimally invasive techniques.

Professional Highlights

Dr. Veljkovic has received numerous awards for teaching and education, including the UBC Teaching Award. She was the recipient of two prestigious orthopaedic travelling fellowship awards from the Canadian and American Orthopaedic Associations. She has published over 60 scientific papers and has lectured extensively. Recently, her research was nominated as a finalist for the AOFAS Leonard Goldner and Roger Mann Awards.

Post-Secondary Education

  • University of Alberta
    B.Comm (Hons)
  • University of Alberta
  • QE II Health Sciences Centre
    Orthopaedic Residency
  • University of British Columbia
    Postgraduate Fellowship Training: Arthroscopy and Athletic Injuries (Knee and Shoulder)
  • Postgraduate Fellowship Training: Lower Extremity Sports and Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
  • Harvard University

Research Interests:

  • Joint preservation techniques and arthroscopy,
  • Early knee and ankle arthritis epidemiology,
  • Foot and Ankle surgery clinical outcomes.

Monika Volesky

Monika Volesky MDCM, FRCSC
Assistant Professor
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Jewish General Hospital
McGill University

Dr. Volesky completed medical school and Orthopaedic residency in 2003 at McGill University in Montreal. This was followed by a year of fellowship in Sports and Arthroscopic Surgery at the University of Ottawa and another fellowship year in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Dr. Volesky started her Foot and Ankle/Lower extremity Sports Orthopaedic Surgery practice at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, in 2005. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University, Montreal, and co-director of the McGill Orthopaedic residency Foot and Ankle Rotation and the Foot and Ankle Fellowship. Her clinical interests include foot & ankle Arthritis, deformity reconstruction, foot & ankle arthroscopy and sports injuries. In addition to her clinical practice, she has been involved in teaching surgical skills to learners and attending surgeons across Canada and North America, including yearly lab courses run by the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, as well as founding and co-directing the Annual Remembrance Day McGill University/Universite de Montreal Arthroscopy Course since 2005. Dr. Volesky is currently president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (COFAS) and has previously been involved in the COA nominating and membership committees. She is also president of the Medical Education Committee of the Quebec Orthopaedic Association, responsible for all the educational content and continuing medical education of her Quebec Orthopaedic colleagues. For the past 7 years, Dr. Volesky has been an Examiner at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Orthopaedics), and more recently, has been a reviewer of manuscripts for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Foot and Ankle International.

Kevin Wing

Kevin Wing BSc, MD, FRCSC
Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
St. Paul’s Hospital University of British Columbia

I am full time academic adult foot and ankle surgeon. As a founding member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society research team evaluating the outcomes from the surgical treatment of endstage anklke arthritis, I have had a longstanding interest in how we evaluate patients health states both before and after surgery.

More recently I have had the pleasure of working closely with Dr Jason Sutherland at the UBC school of public health and have been a successful CIHR funded co-investigator with him (CIHR 2014).We have numerous publication that carefully explore how patient reported outcomes can help us better understand the patient experience around surgery.

Our collaborative research into how patient reported health states change while undergoing surgery for degenerative foot and ankle conditions has added high quality peer reviewed evidence to the body of literature that demonstrates the importance of reconstructive surgery for foot and ankle conditions in our society.

Alastair Younger

Alastair Younger MB, ChB, MSc, ChM, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Foot and ankle Surgeon
Professor Head Division of Distal Extremities
Department of Orthopaedics
University of British Columbia
Director of Foot and Ankle Research
St. Paul’s Hospital
President British Columbia Orthopaedic Association
Partner Footbridge Centre for Integrated Foot and Ankle Care

Dr. Alastair Younger grew up near St. Andrews in Scotland and completed his medical degree in Aberdeen in 1985 and trained for a short time in the National Health Service before moving to Canada to do a Masters in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He completed his residency at the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Surgery at the same time between 1990 and 1995. After a fellowship in Arthritis surgery at Harvard in Boston in 1997, Dr. Younger went to Seattle to do a fellowship in foot and ankle. He then returned to UBC and St. Pauls in 1998 to take over the role of teaching residents foot and ankle surgery.

In 2000 Dr Younger began a fellowship training program for foot and ankle surgery, and worked with the hospital to secure funds to start the foot and ankle clinic. In 2004 the team and Dr. Younger was awarded the 3 M award for quality improvement in health care for the foot and ankle clinic development and pathways. Dr. Younger was a founding member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and ankle society in 2002 and president between 2006 and 2008. He started the Orthopaedic research office at Providence in 2002 has been actively involved in research since. Dr. Younger was the founding head of the division of distal extremities at the University.

Dr. Younger has been a North American Travelling Fellow, an American British Canadian (ABC) travelling fellow, and has been awarded the Roger Mann award by the AOFAS as well as obtaining the 3 M award. Dr. Younger is active in foot and ankle surgery and has been working on developing foot and ankle arthroscopy. He teaches as a Master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America and gives talks nationally and internationally on foot and ankle surgery

Organizing Committee

Timothy Daniels

Timothy Daniels MD, FRCSC
Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital
Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Dr. Tim R. Daniels obtained is an alumnus of University of Saskatchewan who went on to complete a F&A fellowship with Drs. J. Smith and L. Fleming at Emory University and an additional 3 months at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex with Drs. J. Gould and G. Harris in their gait mechanics lab. In 1993 he began his F&A practice at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and, in 1994, established a multi-disciplinary Foot Clinic.

Presently, he is Full Professor, Head of the U of T F&A Program, and Head of Orthopaedic Division at St. Michael’s Hospital. He serves as Associate Editor at Foot and Ankle International and Reviewer for JBJS (Am) and Journal of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As Canada’s top Orthopaedic F&A surgeon, other orthopaedists send their most complex and challenging foot and ankle cases to him and he trains students from all over the world. His surgical skills and research publications have placed him in the top 16 of World’s best F&A surgeons by Orthopaedics This Week.

Johnny Lau

Johnny Lau MD, MSc, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon Foot and Ankle
Program Director University of Toronto Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Divisional Clinical Fellowship Director Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Mansur Halai

Mansur Halai BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCA, MRCS, FRCS
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Trauma, Foot & Ankle
St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Mansur Halai is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. He specialises in Major Trauma and Foot & Ankle Reconstruction. He has completed Trauma Fellowships in Calgary, Cape Town and Blantyre, Malawi. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, along with other academic appointments held at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. His research interests are in ankle arthroplasty, minimally invasive surgery and database collaboration.

Sam Park

Sam Park MD, MASc, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Program
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Program
University of Toronto
Women’s College Hospital Mount
Sinai Hospital
Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Dr. Sam Park is Assistant Professor and Surgeon-Investigator in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. His specialized clinical focus is in the management of adult foot and ankle conditions. These include the early to end-stage arthritis, deformity correction, cartilage lesions, tendon disorders, athletic injuries, factures and trauma, and the foot and ankle sequelae from systemic conditions and neurological disorders. Academic interests include clinical epidemiology and outcomes research on the treatment of various foot and ankle disorders and pathology; and translational science research related to foot and ankle arthritis and joint preservation.

Local Faculty

David Stephen

David Stephen MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopeadic Surgery
Department of Surgery, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto