Dr. Cy Frank appointed Executive Director of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute



    Editors: a high-resolution photo of Dr. Cy Frank is available on ABJHI's
    website, www.albertaboneandjoint.com. Go to News Releases in the News
    Room section of the website.

    CALGARY, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Alberta Bone and
Joint Health Institute (ABJHI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.
Cy Frank as Executive Director, effective Aug. 10. In his new role, Dr. Frank
is responsible for leading the ABJHI team in developing strategic initiatives
in bone and joint health care service delivery, research and education.
    "Cy brings to ABJHI more than three decades of experience and knowledge
in the medical practice, research and academic environments," Ian Robinson,
Board Chair, said. "His skills in these areas will serve as an invaluable
asset to ABJHI as it continues to expand its role in developing innovative
approaches to bone and joint health care services."
    Dr. Frank was instrumental in ABJHI's founding in 2004 as the leading
agent for continuous improvement in bone and joint health and health care for
Albertans. He is a founding member of ABJHI's Board of Directors and is
currently the Board's Co-Vice Chair. In addition to his Board activities, Dr.
Frank has been engaged in the day-to-day activities of ABJHI through his
position as Director of the Bone and Joint Institute for the Faculty of
Medicine at the University of Calgary.
    An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Frank is a leading researcher in ligament
healing and transplantation, osteoarthritis prevention, and health services
and systems with a focus on designing and testing innovations in bone and
joint health care service delivery.
    He is professor and Chief of the Division of Orthopaedics at the
University of Calgary/Calgary Health Region, McCaig Professor of Joint Injury
and Arthritis Research in the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine, and
Scientist at the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
    Dr. Frank replaces Dr. Ron Zernicke, ABJHI's inaugural Executive
Director. "We are indebted to Ron for his successful stewardship of ABJHI
through the challenging formative years and wish him success in his new
teaching position at the University of Michigan," Mr. Robinson said.
    The need for improved bone and joint health care is growing rapidly in
Alberta as the population ages and expands and as rates of obesity in the
population escalate. Seven in 10 Albertans develop osteoarthritis by age 70, a
chronic painful joint disease, and one in four women age 50 and older has
osteoporosis, which increases bone fragility. One-quarter of Albertans are
obese or overweight, increasing their risk of osteoarthritis nine-fold.

    About the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute

    The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a standard of bone and
joint health and health care that is the best in the world. ABJHI's work is
focused on improving access to and enhancing the quality and efficiency of
care, advancing research and knowledge, and promoting prevention and wellness.
For more information, visit www.albertaboneandjoint.com.




For further information:

For further information: Len Cocolicchio at (403) 670-0886 or
lcocolicchio@albertaboneandjoint.com

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