The Orthopedics Department has both surgeons and researchers. Many of the surgeons have specialties within orthopedics in which they conduct research. The department is composed of surgeons, researchers, two orthopedic technologists, a clinic nurse and many valuable support staff.
Chris Reilly (MD, FRCSC) (Department Head)
Richard Beauchamp (MD,FRCSC)
Christine Alvarez (MD, FRCSC, MSc)
Kishore Mulpuri (MBBS, MSc(Ortho), MHSc(Epi))
Firoz Miyanji (MD, FRCSC)
Dr. Anthony Cooper, MD, MBChB, FRCS(TR & Ortho)
Dr. Ravi Ghag, MD, FRCS(C)
Dr. Chris Reilly(Deparment Head)
Dr. Chris Reilly is the Head of the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas before joining the orthopaedic group at Children's. His interests lie primarily in spinal deformities and athletic injuries. Dr. Reilly is the orthopaedic consultant to the Neuromuscular Clinic. His current areas of research include spinal deformities and the functional and surgical outcomes surrounding ligament reconstruction in the knee.
Dr. Richard Beauchamp
Dr. Richard Beauchamp has been a member of the active staff of BC Children’s Hospital in the Department of Orthopaedics since 1978. He is also on the visiting staff of the Kootenay Lake District Hospital in Nelson and the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Victoria. The focus of his practice is primarily neuromuscular diseases specializing in meningomyelocoele and cerebral palsy. He conducts out-reach clinics for children with special needs at the Centre for Ability in Vancouver and the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Victoria. Dr. Beauchamp has been responsible for the formation of a Botox program for management of children with spasticity. He is also a member of the Spasticity Assessment Clinic at BCCH and is Director of the Amputee Clinic at BCCH. He is the Medical Director of the Shriners Gait Lab located at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. His role includes patient selection for gait assessment, clinical interpretation of the analyses and research for children with various walking difficulties. He has recently been appointed to the Classification Committee of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association.
Dr. Christine Alvarez
Dr. Christine Alvarez completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Western Ontario in London and her medical training at the University of British Columbia. Since joining the team at Children’s, she has completed a Masters of Surgery in Molecular Biology. Dr. Alvarez is the Medical Director of the Shriners Gait Lab located at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Her role includes patient selection for gait assessment, clinical interpretation of the analyses and research for children with various walking difficulties. Dr. Alvarez has been responsible for the formation of the Clubfoot Clinic and the Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (HME) Clinic. Dr. Alvarez’s current areas of research include clubfoot, HME and trauma.
Dr. Kishore Mulpuri
Dr. Kishore Mulpuri joins the team as a staff surgeon and epidemiologist following his medical and residency training at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. He has completed two fellowships: one year at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in Australia and one year at Children’s. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mulpuri’s areas of research interest include paediatric sports injuries, deformity correction and outcomes research.
Dr. Firoz Miyanji
Dr Miyanji completed his medical school training at the University of Ottawa. He joined the UBC Orthopaedic Residency Program in 1999 and graduated in 2004. He then completed a one year spine fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital and a one year pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital. Dr Miyanji joins the orthopaedic group in providing emergency and elective orthopaedic care at Children’s Hospital. He and Dr Reilly will provide a combined spinal clinic and operative spinal care service. Dr. Miyanji's areas of research interest include spine and outcomes research.
Dr. Anthony Cooper
Dr. Anthony Cooper graduated from the University of Leeds’ School of Medicine in 2003. He did his basic surgical training in Leeds and then moved to Sheffield for his higher surgical training. His pediatric orthopaedic fellowship was at BC Children's Hospital. His area of interest is limb reconstruction and hip surgery. Dr. Cooper will be providing the bone tumour service in conjunction with Dr. Paul Clarkson. He has a keen interest in research, with ongoing projects in conjunction with other colleagues in the department, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and other orthopaedic centers around the world.
Dr. Ravi Ghag
Dr. Ravi Ghag received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. He has acquired a Masters of Science in Health Economics Policy and Management from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ghag joined the BC Children's Hospital Orthopaedic team this year after completing a fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery at the Oxford University Spine Unit in Oxford, United Kingdom. His clinical interests include management of pediatric spinal deformity and back pain. His research areas of interest include surgical outcomes and economic analyses of surgical intervention.
Cory SavitskyCory Savitsky is the nurse in the Orthopaedic Clinic. She provides education for orthopaedic patients and their families in both the outpatient clinic and the inpatient unit. Ms. Savitsky coordinates care for complex cases. She also provides nursing support to specific orthopaedic clinics, including the Botox Clinic.
Fidel Brooks and Ricardo Botia are the Orthopedic technologists at Children's. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Botia have extensive training in orthopaedics and medicine.
Sameer Desai, MSc (in progress) provides research support to Dr. Miyanji, Dr. Ghag and Dr. Reilly. Our primary research focus is on scoliosis outcomes (curvature of the spine).
Harpreet Chhina, MSc, provides research support to Dr. Alvarez in the areas of clubfoot and HME. Harpreet is a research coordinator that comes to us with a graduate degree in anatomy.
Jamil is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Computer Science at UBC and is on a co-operative work placement at Children’s. He provides research support for Dr. Mulpuri in areas of trauma and hips.
Carly is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at UBC and is on a co-operative work placement at Children’s. She is working on several multi-disciplinary research projects under Dr. Mulpuri in the area of childhood hip disorders.