Pan Am Clinic Wins the Stanley Cup of Awards in Sports Medicine

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Winnipeg’s Pan Am Clinic has recently won three of the most esteemed awards in sports medicine and shoulder research globally. The awards are –

  • The Richard O’Connor Award, Arthroscopy Association of North America (lead)
  • The Neer Award, American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (lead)
  • aO’Donoghue Award, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

One of the fellow researchers declared the Neer Award as – “Stanley Cup in shoulder surgery research.” The first two awards recognized the research relating two surgical approaches to heal repeated shoulder dislocations. One of the approaches mentioned here ended up plummeting the possibility of re-dislocation by four times. 

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) report, many Canadians (at least one in eight) are today the victims of musculoskeletal disorders. This research is primarily intended to help Manitobans with a better life after facing bone or muscle damage. 

Dr. Peter MacDonald, an orthopedic surgeon as well as the Pan Am Clinic Foundation’s Chief Research & Innovation Officer shares, “No other organization has ever held all these three awards at the same time, so this is something the entire medical community here in Manitoba should feel very proud of.”

He adds, “Shoulder injuries are actually one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, and can often become chronic and debilitating conditions. That’s why studies like these are so important because they can lead to real innovations in patient care that impact a person’s entire life in a positive way.”

In addition, the foundation was recognized by the American Orthopedic Society (AOS) for Sports Medicine when it received the O’Donoghue Award for a collaborative project between the Western University and Pan Am Clinic. Here, the research reflected a new technique for ACL reconstruction in the knee that is known to lessen re-rupture in young patients with high risk for recurrent injury. MacDonald stated that the clinic would enjoy such accolades in the future and attract the most exceptional researchers and surgeons worldwide. He says, “These techniques, once they’re published… have an impact on surgery worldwide because other shoulder centers or knee centers will take note of the results from this and they will actually change the way they do surgery. That is cool. It is really rewarding.”