Leaders in innovation for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry

As part of the Expression of Interest process that ran from December 2018 to January 2019, ABJHI received many high-quality submissions. The level of interest in the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry Governance Committee and Shoulder Expert Group reflects the need for clinicians, researchers and the Alberta public to have access to robust bone and joint health data and knowledge. The inaugural meetings were held in March 2019, to assist ABJHI as work progresses to launch the initial modules of the Registry by Spring 2020.

The Governance Committee will oversee the development of key operating processes and policies for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry. Membership includes patients, researchers, physiotherapists, physicians including family medicine and orthopaedic surgery, a chiropractor, a representative from the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, and one of the ABJHI Executive team. The Shoulder Expert Group will determine the scope of the shoulder module and select the minimum dataset. Once data collection begins, they will oversee annual reports on shoulder conditions and research conducted on shoulder conditions using data from the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry. The Shoulder Expert Group includes sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, an athletic therapist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a radiologist specialising in musculoskeletal imaging, a massage therapist, and a patient representative. Many also participate in research.

The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry Governance Committee will be chaired by a patient, Mr. Murray Smith, from Calgary. Mr. Smith has extensive governance experience in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Smith has owned and operated several Alberta-based energy service companies including drilling fluids, service rigs, and oilfield contracting and consulting. He was a Member of Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 2004. During his time in the provincial legislature, he served in four cabinet portfolios – Energy, Gaming, Labour and Economic Development. In 2005, Mr. Smith was the first Official Representative of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America. Currently, he is president of Murray Smith & Associates Limited, providing strategic advice to clients in the North American energy sector. He is also a director at Williams and Surge Energy. Mr. Murray Smith is a past Director of the Calgary Stampede Board and a past member of the TELUS Community Giving Board.

The Shoulder Expert Group will be chaired by an Edmonton sport medicine physician, Dr. Terry DeFreitas. Dr. DeFreitas is a Family Physician with a speciality in sports medicine. She is the Director of Sport Medicine for the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic and an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. DeFreitas is also the chief medical advisor for Taekwondo Canada and Edmonton Huskies Football. She practiced family medicine in Leduc for nearly 20 years and was a Commissioned Officer (Nursing) with the Canadian Armed Forces. Dr. DeFreitas is a former board member of the Alberta Taekwondo Association and Taekwondo Canada. She enjoys staying active with Taekwondo, PiYo and biking.