OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Cecil H. Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, will
become the 42nd president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
today at a ceremony held in Ottawa, Ont. A highly-decorated orthopedic
surgeon and educator with a passion for humanitarian aid, Dr. Rorabeck
is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking work in hip and knee
"These are challenging times in health care, but exciting as well," said
Dr. Rorabeck. "As President, I want to help the Royal College forge
practical solutions to improve patient care and advance training across
Canada, but also worldwide."
The former chief surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, Dr.
Rorabeck was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012 for
his advances in orthopedic care and prosthetics. He is also currently a
professor (emeritus) of Orthopedic Surgery at Western University and
serves on the boards of the National Research Council and the Canadian
Medical Hall of Fame, among others.
In addition to more than 30 years of clinical, research and teaching
experience, Dr. Rorabeck also started the Canadian chapter of Operation
Walk — a non-profit medical services organization that arranges free
hip and knee replacement surgeries for people in need in South America.
Each year, he travels to Guatemala with a team of health care
professionals, offering free hip and knee replacements to patients and
training to local surgeons.
"Dr. Rorabeck is a passionate educator and truly outstanding surgeon,"
said Royal College Past-President Louis Hugo Francescutti, MD, PhD,
MPH, FRCPC, FACPM, CCFP, FACP (Hon), ICD.D. "He is respected worldwide
and is a true leader in Canadian medicine."
As President, Dr. Rorabeck hopes to strengthen cooperation and
collaboration so that expertise and manpower can be better leveraged
both within Canada, particularly with the national specialty societies,
and with our sister colleges and other health care organizations
"More than ever, health care is a team sport - in clinics, in operating
rooms and in the boardroom," he said. "All stakeholders must work
together to advance patient care countrywide, and Canadians can expect
the Royal College to help lead these discussions."
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of
specialists in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate
medical education and continuing professional development. In
collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the
Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in
SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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