Sports Medicine with Dr. Shriwise
I went to the University of Toronto for a sports medicine fellowship under the direction of Bob Jackson. He brought arthroscopy to North America from Japan. Six months of that was with Peter James, an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in arthroscopic knee surgery. He performed many intercrural ligament reconstructions. At that time, we were doing the lateral third patella tendon reconstruction. So I had a wealth of experience with arthroscopic knee surgery and developed arthroscopic shoulder surgery on my own when I was in practice. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery wasn’t quite as popular when I did my fellowship in the late 1980s. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery developed more through the 1990s, so I’ve been interested in both ever since then.
Mostly the experiences they gain during their fellowship and what they’ve acquired following the fellowship with their practice experience. When you do a fellowship, you have insight from other individuals you might not have in your own local area, so it gives you added expertise and training.
The advantage here is we have a wealth of experience within our own group, and we have fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in multiple areas. It’s impossible to be an expert in each given area of the body. I like knees and shoulders, but we have three fellowship-trained hand surgeons, two fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons, and two spine surgeons. Dr. Lowry Jones has developed his own subspecialty interest in the shoulder. Then we have Dr. Steven Joyce who was a team physician for the Royals for 30 years, and we have another sports medicine trained surgeon in the group, Dr. James Halloran. Within our own group, we have a wealth of experience to draw upon.
I enjoy sports medicine because it covers everything from head to toe. I was involved with my own general orthopedic practice, taking care of multiple different injuries from head to toe, and I enjoyed the variety. What I enjoy the most is getting people back in the field playing again, watching the success of their sports injury treatment.