Dr. David Sheps has been appointed Medical Director of ABJHI, effective immediately. As Medical Director, Dr. Sheps assumes responsibility of ensuring ABJHI has appropriate structures and processes to access medical opinions and advice, and of developing strategic partnerships in medical settings in promotion of ABJHI and its services, with a commitment to sustaining and growing the Institute, its vision, values and contributions to the well-being of the community. Dr. Sheps will also provide clinical support for the scope of the ABJHI Bone and Joint Health Registry, with particular emphasis on the use of ABJHI repository data to improve quality of patient care.
“We are delighted that Dr. Sheps has joined the ABJHI Team. Dr. Sheps will provide important clinical guidance, particularly as we develop the next generation of data and analytics to advance bone and joint health in Alberta,” says Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell, ABJHI Executive Director.
In addition to his present clinical work and work as a medical leader in Alberta Health Services, Dr. Sheps is involved in musculoskeletal care transformation in Alberta. In his work with the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, ABJHI, and the Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre, Dr. Sheps is leading the transition to “single point of entry” for musculoskeletal care in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Sheps is a founding member of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE) and plays a key role in upper extremity research at the University of Alberta. He serves as secretary for the Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society (CSES) and is leading the development of national shoulder rehabilitation protocols in collaboration with CSES. He is also leading the development of patient information materials for shoulder disorders in collaboration with the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation (COF). He will continue in these positions while serving as ABJHI’s Medical Director.
He received his medical degree in 1997 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2002. Following residency, he completed a shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003 and an elbow and wrist surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006. Concurrent with his elbow and wrist fellowship, Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary.
In 2011, Dr. Sheps attended the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver 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, in the United Kingdom.