ABJHI is honoured to announce the Clinical Champions for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry: Dr. David Sheps and Dr. Raj Sharma. With their guidance and insight, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry will enable access to a complex, integrated bone and joint data system, leading to the creation of new knowledge and innovations, improving both patient health and the healthcare experience in Alberta.
Dr. David Sheps, the Medical Director of ABJHI, is the Northern Clinical Champion for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry. Dr. Sheps is a founding member of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton. As a secretary for the Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society, he is leading development of national shoulder rehabilitation protocols. He is also leading development of patient information materials for shoulder disorders in collaboration with the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. His passion for conservative care is evident through his work with the Edmonton Bone and Joint Clinic establishing centralized intake for patients with shoulder pain, many of whom do not require surgery but timely access to assessment and guidance.
He received his medical degree in 1997 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2002. Following a shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003, he completed an elbow and wrist surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006. Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary and, in 2011, attended the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where he completed a Master of Business in Health Care Administration. He is presently undertaking a Master of Science in Medical Leadership at Birkbeck, University of London.
Dr. Rajrishi (Raj) Sharma, an orthopaedic surgeon, is the Southern Clinical Champion for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry. Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary, a member of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and Research Lead for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in Calgary.
He received his medical degree in 2006 at the University of Alberta and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2011 at McMaster University. Following residency, he completed a complex primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty fellowship at Western University and a foot and ankle fellowship at McMaster University. Concurrent with his foot and ankle fellowship, Dr. Sharma fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research at McMaster University. His research is currently focused on hip and knee arthroplasty, with additional focus on the anterior approach hip arthroplasty and rapid discharge hip and knee arthroplasty. He is passionate about properly evaluating new innovations to provide the best outcomes for patients, evidenced through his numerous contributions to and involvement with the research community.