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As well as providing general pediatric orthopaedic services, we offer specialized clinics for children with scoliosis and spinal deformities, neuromuscular diseases, leg length discrepancies, musculoskeletal oncology, and traumas.

All the orthopedic surgeons at Children's do emergency call for patients who suffer traumatic injuries. These patients are seen for follow-up in the surgeon's respective trauma clinic. These clinics include patients who have suffered broken bones from bicycle accidents, car accidents, monkey bar falls, sprained ankles from sport injuries and other injuries. Children from all over the province may be brought to our emergency department depending upon the severity of their injuries and the availability of orthopedic specialists in their home community.

If seen in BC Children's Hospital Emergency, for your follow-up appointment please call: (604) 875-2345, Extension 7134 (Trauma Booking Clerk).

Non-urgent trauma referrals can be faxed to (604) 875-2275.


Our programs and services are available to BC children and adolescents. Thousands of children attend the clinics annually.



The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Dance without Limits

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is offering dance classes for children with CP. Starts Sept 23rd. See attached brochure for all the details! (PDF)

Exciting News for Students with Cerebral Palsy

We are proud to announce that the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is offering 10 bursaries of $1,000 each to any eligible student with CP that is 17 years or older and planning to attend a post secondary institution or training program during the following year.

Please advise any students with Cerebral Palsy of the availability of these funds. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2013. Download the application now!

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office at (604) 408-9484. Good luck to you all!


Reaching for the Stars

Launched in late 2005 by two mothers in Atlanta, Georgia, “Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy” (RFTS, Inc.) has grown into the largest North American pediatric cerebral palsy nonprofit foundation led by parents, with a focus on the Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Cerebral Palsy.

Childhood Disability LINK

LINK (Linking Information and New Knowledge) and the Cerebral Palsy project of NeuroDevNet have partnered to develop bilingual newsletters on ‘hot topics’ in Cerebral Palsy research that are relevant for families and for clinicians. They have limited technical jargon and provide an overview of what is known on a particular research area and how the information may be used in practice.

President's Choice Children's Charity

We're committed to helping kids. Whether we’re providing support to children with special needs or ensuring hungry tummies are filled with nutritious food, we want to make sure kids have every opportunity to live to their full potential.

The health-care team has several surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, researchers, orthopaedic technologists, and several support staff. These specialists work in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Our team

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery has both surgeons and researchers. Many of the surgeons have specialties within orthopaedics in which they conduct research. The department is composed of surgeons, researchers, orthopedic technologists, clinic nurses and many valuable support staff.

Dr. Anthony Cooper (Department Head)
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Dr. Anthony Cooper is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BC Children's Hospital. He 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. After completing his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at BC Children's Hospital, Dr. Cooper joined BC Children's Hospital as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in 2014. Dr. Cooper is the first surgeon to receive the Investigator Grant Award Program award from BC Children's Hospital. He is also a Clinical Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Cooper specializes in limb reconstruction, hip deformities and trauma. He runs the multidisciplinary Pediatric Limb Reconstruction clinic and research program. His research involves studies on patient reported outcomes, quality of life, complications of limb reconstruction, geometrical modelling and medical imaging studies. He has ongoing research collaborations with various orthopaedic surgeons and researchers across Canada, Ethiopia, India, UK and USA.

Dr. Christopher Reilly

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Dr. Chris Reilly is the Head of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at the University of British Columbia. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas before joining the orthopaedic group at Children's. He is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in the management of pediatric trauma and spinal deformity. He is also the orthopedic consultant to the Neuromuscular Clinic. His current research interests include functional and surgical outcomes surrounding pediatric trauma, spinal deformities, neuromuscular conditions and athletic knee injuries.

Dr. Christine Alvarez
Portrait of 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
Portrait of Dr. Kishore Mulpuri

Dr. Kishore Mulpuri completed his medical and orthopedic training at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University in India and went on to pursue orthopedic fellowships at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, Australia and the Melbourne Orthopedic Group and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He subsequently completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopedics at BC Children's Hospital and a MHSc in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. He is now a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at the University of British Columbia. His clinical practice and research interests have a major focus on the pediatric hip and cerebral palsy. He regularly treats patients with a wide range of conditions including developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), cerebral palsy, Legg–Calvé–Perthes (Perthes) disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and trauma.

Dr. Firoz Miyanji

Portrait of Dr. Firoz Miyanji

Dr. Firoz Miyanji completed his medical school training at the University of Ottawa. He joined the UBC Orthopedic 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 orthopedic group in providing emergency and elective orthopedic care at Children’s Hospital. He, alongside Dr. Reilly and Dr. Ghag, provides a combined spinal clinic and operative spinal care service. Dr. Miyanji's research interests include spine surgical outcomes and spinal deformity research. Dr. Miyanji is currently BC’s specialist in vertebral body tethering for scoliosis management. The spine clinic at BC Children’s is part of the Harms Study Group and Growing Spine Study Group, which are multi-center prospective research studies that focus on pediatric spinal deformities.

Dr. Ravi Ghag
Portrait of Dr. Ravi Ghag

Dr. Ravi Ghag received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed a residency in Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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.

Dr. Lise Leveille

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Dr. Lise Leveille completed her medical school training and orthopedic residency at the University of British Columbia. She then completed her pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas before joining BC Children's Hospital in 2015 as a staff pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She currently acts as the Medical Director of the Shriners Gait Lab at the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Her clinical and research interests include athletic knee injuries, gait abnormalities and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Andrea Simmonds

Portrait of Dr. Andrea Simmonds

Dr. Andrea Simmonds completed her medical degree at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and her Orthopedic surgery residency at the University of British Columbia. She then completed a fellowship in adult spine surgery, with a focus on minimally invasive techniques, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Following this, she returned to Vancouver for a two-year fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic surgery, with a focus on spine surgery and Orthopaedic trauma. She obtained a Master in Health Science degree from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include quality improvement initiatives, clinical care pathways, and holistic and collaborative approaches to spine conditions.

Orthopedic technologists

Fidel Brooks
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Ricardo Botia
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Fidel Brooks and Ricardo Botia are the Orthopedic Technologists at BC Children's. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Botia have extensive training in orthopedics and medicine.

Research associates

Emily Schaeffer, PhD
Dr. Emily Schaeffer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Dr. Mulpuri. She completed her undergraduate studies in Honours Biochemistry at UBC and holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She has an extensive background in basic science and translational research and her research interests include pediatric hip conditions such as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), hip displacement secondary to cerebral palsy and the genetics underlying DDH. In addition to her role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, she is also the Study Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and Head Research Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Registry.

Harpreet Chhina, MSc

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Harpreet Chhina manages the Pediatric Limb Reconstruction Research Program for Dr. Anthony Cooper. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Anatomy (Panjab University) and a Master’s Degree in Experimental Medicine (University of British Columbia). She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine UBC. For her PhD thesis, Harpreet is developing a patient reported quality of life questionnaire for children with lower limb deformities. She has particular interest in qualitative research methodologies, quality of life studies, patient reported outcomes and psychometrics.

Eva Habib, BSc
Eva Habib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Physiology from SFU and is a research assistant for Dr. Mulpuri and Dr. Reilly. She coordinates pediatric trauma and hip research for Dr. Mulpuri and Dr. Reilly. Previously, she provided research support to the spine surgeons in their research on pediatric spinal deformities and surgical outcomes.

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