Our History

ABJHI grew out of a vision shared by Dr. Cy Frank and J.R. (Bud) McCaig. Both saw enormous value in creating an independent organization to serve as a catalyst for bettering patient care by influencing clinical practice, public policy, research and the exchange of knowledge. As stewards of the organization they founded, we at ABJHI are committed to lend life and force to their legacy for years to come.


Dr. Cy Frank was a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon, a world-renowned researcher and an ingenious visionary. With his passion for innovation and his gift for inspiring others, he brought leading medical professionals and researchers to coalesce around his vision.

Mr. Bud McCaig, known for his business successes and immense generosity to the community, was a powerful champion of medical advancement who had a passionate commitment to a revitalized and innovative public health system for Albertans. Part of a $10-million donation he made to fund a program of excellence in joint injury and arthritis was used in 2004 to launch and operate ABJHI. Mr. McCaig also enlisted the support of other business leaders to offer guidance and governance to the new institute.

Mr. McCaig’s untimely death in January 2005 and Dr. Frank’s sudden passing in March 2015 meant the loss of two passionate voices. But they have left a lasting and powerful legacy – one of better medical practice, more enlightened public health policy, healthier research and a more robust exchange of knowledge in bone and joint medicine.

ABJHI’s internationally recognized work in raising the quality of care for bone and joint patients began with designing a hip and knee replacement care path for Alberta based on the best evidence available worldwide. The care path was designed in 2004 in collaboration with the Alberta Orthopaedic Society, representing the province’s orthopaedic surgeons, and with provincial health authorities. The care path was tested in a provincial pilot in 2005-2006, which was managed by ABJHI. Patients who followed the new care path had significantly greater improvement in general health, less pain after surgery, and greater ability to perform normal daily activities than those who received conventional care. Waiting times for consultation with a specialist and for surgery declined dramatically. The hip and knee care path is now the standard across Alberta and has helped shape care in other areas of Canada.

Listen to colleagues, friends and patients of Dr. Cy Frank reflect on his life and legacy.

Listen to family, friends and colleagues of Bud McCaig reflect on his contributions to the community and the public health care system.

Our Vision

Better Bones, Better Joints, Better Being.

Our Mission

Be a source of truth for improving bone and joint health of Albertans through collaboration with patients, clinical professionals, researchers, healthcare professionals and government.