About Our Team

The Shoulder Centre was created to build the capacity to assess and treat all shoulder problems accurately and with shortened wait times. Smarter communication with primary care practitioners, trained shoulder experts and collaboration with radiologists, physiotherapists and outside primary care groups allows shoulder problems to be treated with as little waste to the patient as possible. Eventually, our goal is to fulfill the Ministry of Health mandate to provide the right care at the right place.

The formation of a publicly-funded, innovative care model would not be possible without the partnership between Lakeridge Health team of surgeons and the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation. This group plans on measuring the effect of changes in wait times, imaging utilization and sharing their learnings to apply successful strategies in reforming other areas of specialty care.

Our first goal in creating The Shoulder Centre is to decrease the time taken to diagnose shoulder conditions and provide rational, evidence-based treatment program. As part of that goal we focus on providing education to patients and family members on the causes of common shoulder issues so that patients can participate in their care actively. In addition, the practitioners in The Shoulder Centre use up-to-date clinical research to guide patient decision-making.

Imaging at Lakeridge Health is an important element of the care The Shoulder Centre provides. We have created a strong bond with our Diagnostic Imaging department and have access to ultrasound and MRI, including urgent imaging when required.

Meet Our Team

Our Team

Surgeons

Stephen Gallay

Dr. Stephen Gallay completed his medical school at McGill University, his Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of Toronto and then went on to complete an Upper Extremity Fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital. He joined Ajax Pickering Hospital in 1997 and currently serves as its Chief of Surgery.

His specialty focus is Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder. He is also a Consultant Shoulder Surgeon with the Working Condition Program at Sunnybrook hospital’s WSIB Shoulder and Elbow Working Condition program, a past president of the Ontario Orthopedic Association and co- Founder of mySmartSimulations (a US company specializing in simulation-based virtual reality training for healthcare).

When Dr. Gallay came to Ajax Pickering Hospital his goal was to build a new upper extremity program within the organization. Within five years, the program grew further as he brought on Dr. Joel Lobo, who is also Shoulder & Sports Specialty trained.

Joel Lobo

Dr. Joel Lobo, MD, FRCSC, completed his medical school and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto.  Following his residency, he completed a Trauma and Upper Limb Reconstructive fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital where he specialized in Shoulder and Elbow surgery.
Following this, he completed a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy fellowship at the Toronto Western Hospital, taking care of players and staff from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club and Toronto F.C.  Since the development of The Shoulder Centre, his practice has become focused to include the reconstruction of sports-related knee injuries, as well as Arthroscopic reconstruction of the Shoulder with a special interest in complex shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, and Superior Capsular Reconstruction of the Shoulder. 

Dr. Lobo is a consultant surgeon for the WSIB’s Shoulder and Elbow Surgical Specialty Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  He is a former Division Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ajax Pickering Hospital.
He is an educational consultant for Arthrex, Inc. He regularly instructs at surgical skills labs in Canada and the United States to teach advanced arthroscopic reconstructive techniques in the shoulder and knee to residents, fellows and other practicing international orthopaedic surgeons.

Along with his partners at The Shoulder Centre, Dr. Lobo collects and uses Patient Reported Outcome Measures and Evidence Based Medicine to continuously develop and refine surgical techniques, and physiotherapy aftercare protocols based on outcomes data.

This initiative has been recognized by the Provincial Government in Ontario, published in textbooks and medical journals, and presented at Health Quality meetings internationally. 

Meaghan Rollins

Dr. Meaghan Rollins joined Ajax Pickering Hospital in September 2018. Dr. Rollins completed her orthopedic residency at the University of Manitoba and subsequently went on to complete two upper extremity fellowships, at McMaster University and at the University of Ottawa, focusing on shoulder, elbow, and wrist pathology.

As a shoulder subspecialty surgeon, Dr. Rollins works with The Shoulder Centre at Ajax Pickering Hospital, which is a Regional Program providing both operative and non-operative clinical services to shoulder patients and is specifically designed to improve the health system through accountable shared-care specialist/primary care network partnerships.

As an ambassador of The Shoulder Centre, Dr. Rollins works closely with Durham region physicians to help increase knowledge in managing shoulder patients within the local community.

Dr. Rollin’s is passionate about all aspects of orthopedics, with a special interest in upper extremity arthroscopy, trauma, and reconstruction.

Marcin Kowalczuk

Dr. Marcin Kowalczuk completed medical school and his orthopedic surgery residency training at McMaster University. Following his residency, Dr. Kowalczuk completed a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh which was followed by additional upper extremity and trauma training at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Kowalczuk joined the team at Ajax Pickering Hospital in January 2019 and as a shoulder subspecialist provides both operative and non-operative treatment of common shoulder conditions such as arthritis, rotator cuff tears and instability. Along with his colleagues, he works closely with local primary care physicians to educate and provide the best care to patients in the Durham region.

Samir Chhabra

My training spans a period of 10 years. My first orthopedic residency was from 1989-1994 in KEM Hospital and GS medical college, India, giving me a qualification of MS (Master of Surgery).

My second orthopedic residency was in Mersey region, England from 1994-1999. I obtained the qualifications of FRCS (Glasgow) and FRCS (trauma and orthopedics). At that time, I also completed a Master’s degree in Orthopedics from the University of Liverpool in 1997. I did my senior residency training with two surgeons with special interest in shoulder surgery.

I moved to Canada in 2000. In 2005, I obtained the Royal College Certification (FRCSC) in Orthopedic surgery. I have been living in Ontario since 2006.

Presently I’m chief of Orthopedic surgery at Lakeridge health Oshawa. I’m delighted to be part of the Shoulder Centre.

Medical Doctors

Jason Su

Dr. Jason W. Su is a certified Sport Medicine Physician under CASEM (Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine). He has a degree and certification as a Pharmacist and went on to obtain his Medical degree and CCFP (Canadian College of Family Physician) certification. He then obtained a fellowship position at the University of Toronto to obtain further training specifically in the field of Sport Medicine and has been exclusively practicing in this field since 1999.

Dr. Su has extensive experience with athletes and non-athletes in their various conditions and injuries. He has travelled with, and has performed consulting work for, various National/Professional teams, governing sport bodies, governmental agencies (eg. Department of Defense, Ontario Athletics Commission as ring/cage side physician, RCMP) and various corporate firms. He is also involved in cutting edge clinical trials of potential new diagnostic/therapeutic tools and treatments on the horizon.

Dr. Su originally started his practice in the Durham region and since then has worked in close conjunction with the expert staff in the Durham region including operative assisting of various surgical procedures. He is excited to be part of and continue working with his colleagues in this new and innovative venture.

Physician Assistants

Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott has served as a surgical Physician Assistant in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2015. At Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering Hospital, she works closely with the orthopedic surgeons in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder conditions, along with general orthopedic inpatient care and assessment of orthopaedic patients from the Emergency Department. Prior to joining Ajax Pickering Hospital, she had obtained experience providing inpatient services in Acute Care General Surgery, as well as Emergency Medicine.

Kimberly earned her Physician Assistant, Bachelor of Science degree, in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin Madison Physician Assistant Program. She is currently seeking a Master of Business Administration to provide further support and assist in program initiatives. Additionally, she graduated from the Bellin School of Radiology Program in 2006 as a Radiographer and CT Technologist.

Daniel Avrahami

Daniel Avrahami completed his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and received his Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He earned his Master of Science in Biomechanics at McMaster University and he has chiropractic sports residency training through the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).

Daniel has worked as a chiropractor for 7 years in various multi-disciplinary clinics and for an Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton team. Daniel returned to school to become a physician assistant receiving his Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant degree from the University of Toronto.

Daniel worked for two years as an orthopedic physician assistant in outpatient clinics focusing on foot and ankle, spine and general orthopedics prior to joining The Shoulder Centre.

The Shoulder Centre -
Satellite & Champions

Jason Kassel

Dr. Jason Kassel completed medical school at The University of Sydney, in Sydney Australia, and did his residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University. He has a special interest in sports medicine and during his residency did several different sports medicine electives, doing some work with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Dr. Kassel currently has a Family Practice in Bowmanville where he also works in urgent care. He runs a weekly shoulder clinic in Bowmanville, one of the satellite sites of the Ajax Shoulder Centre, and has an Adjunct Appointment with Queen’s University at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He also works as a surgical assist weekly with the orthopaedic surgeons at Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering.

Howard Burke

Dr. Howard Burke completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and has worked as a Family Physician in the Bowmanville area for almost 30 years.  He did 10 years of obstetrics for his practice, 30 years of Emergency Medicine and developed the Palliative care team over 25 years ago.  He has worked as a coroner for over 25 years.  He is an Assistant Professor for the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine and for Queen’s University.  He works in the Shoulder Clinic in Bowmanville, one of the satellite sites of the Ajax Shoulder Centre.

Mark Adams

Dr. Mark Adams is a practicing family physician in Port Perry, Ontario. Following medical school at the University of Toronto, he completed his Family Medicine training in 2000 and an additional year of GP Anesthesia in 2001. He has maintained a diverse clinical practice for the last 17 years. Dr. Adams and his colleagues at the Medical Associates of Port Perry were instrumental in the adoption and co-development of the hub-and-spokes model of The Shoulder Centre and have recently been awarded the Ontario College of Family Physicians Family Practice of the Year Award for 2018. He has leveraged his postgraduate training in Anaesthesia and his extensive knowledge of Primary Care to become the first Shoulder Champion for The Shoulder Centre in his own community of Scugog. Dr. Adams co-manages many patients with shoulder problems using principles and practices developed at The Shoulder Centre, and he has direct input in developing the primary care educational curriculum which is part of TSC’s mandate.

Acknowledgements

It is with great honor to recognize and thank the following individual Co-Founders of The Shoulder Centre.

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz
Dr. Jason Smith
Dr. Justin Hodgins
Dr. Derek Krete

Primary Care Partners

The following list of providers have expressed a commitment to providing shoulder care that is aligned with The Shoulder Centre philosophy

Dr. Andrea Gauster
Dr. Nancy Kazarian
Dr. Paul Puckrin
Dr. A. Pawley
Dr. John Stewart
Dr. Curtis Hadden
Dr. Morow
Dr. F. Ali
Dr. Susan Shepherd
Dr. Mark Adams
Dr. Hong Chan Nguyen
Dr. Sonya Cull
Dr. Matt Schurter
Dr. Michael Gilmour
Dr. Anthony Brown
Dr. Rebecca Wray
Dr. Martin Stewart
Dr. Amita Dayal
Dr. Antonietta Chiella
Dr. Jessica Ross
Dr. Brian Tse
Dr. Sandra Hyshka
Dr. Chris Westbrook
Dr. Ankelly Armstrong
Dr. Steven Russell
Dr. Pamela Dyall
Dr. Merrillea Brown
Dr. Andree Hollander
Dr. Natasha Aziz
Dr. Aubrey Kassirer
Dr. Debra Jefferson
Dr. Vincent Ho
Dr. Harvey Williams
Dr. Howard Burke
Kowsala Kandasamy
Dr. Gul NawazSheikh
Dr. Mojib Sameem
Dr. Daniel Goodman
Dr. Hoy
Dr. M. Sathiamoorthy
Dr. Mruna Shah
Dr. Nicole Jones
Dr. Eleanor Potter
Dr. Norma Baker
Dr. Howard Petroff
Dr. Doron Eisen
Charlene Welsh (Nurse Practitioner)
Dr. Richard Fischer
Dr. Kanna Vela
Dr. Perry Guo
Dr. Michelle Desa
Dr. Bernard Farber
Dr. Ed Lee
Dr. Fred Leung
Dr. Alex Stern
Dr. Roslyn Shafir
Dr. Suchitra Mensinkai
Dr. David Sliwowicz
Dr. Qanta Ayesha
Dr. Mark Lai
Dr. Alvin Lai
Dr. Adwoa Amamoo
Dr. Tharini Ganeshram
Dr. Jason Kassel
Dr. Steve Stern
Dr. Anne Gove
Dr. Jawad Khokhar
Dr. Vivian Lo
Dr. Surina Sethi
Dr. Carlos YU
Dr. James Tude
Dr. Mariella Ferrerya
Dr. Omawattie Ramraj
Dr. Mozhdeh Mottaghian
Dr. Bryce Burger
Dr. Laura Musat
Dr. F Leung
Dr. Tomsa
Dr. Irish
Dr. He
Dr. Lennox
Dr. Harvey Williams
Dr. Azi
Dr. Ward
Dr. Ahmed
Dr. Pheroze Bharucha
Dr. Kate Newton
Dr. Ammons
Dr. P. Laroche
Dr. R Firouzabadi
Dr. Kathryn Drury
Dr. Phillip libby
Dr. Natalie Wong
Dr. Marion Bafchler
Dr. Brenda Cairns
Dr. Kevin Graham
Dr. Wilfred Chan
Dr. Jaclyn Olchan
Dr. Indra Kumaran
Dr. Kelly Yu
Dr. Artur Pinto
Dr. Eric Seltzer
Dr. Romas Stas
Aubrey Kassirer
Dr. Mona Shah
Dr. Brenda Chartier
Dr. Maria Yu
Dr. Ian Watson
Daliah Chan
Sarah Mavor
Julia Blicharer
Chithc Nontheeswarar
Dr. Mojib Sameem
Dr. Emily Yeung
Dr. Mary Koziar
Dr. Lida Mohammadi
Dr. Bernard Farber
Dr. Michael Ali
Dr. Daniel Hsieh
Marlene So
Dr. Paul Fan-Lun
Dr. Warren Ke
Dr. Aj D’Angelo
Dr. Michael Gertler
Dr. Stephen Cohen
Dr. Stephen Wu
Dr. Helena Dukic
Dr. A Hanna
Dr. David Barker
Dr. Jagdish Chopra
Dr. Hanson Lo
Dr. Prashant Chaudheru
Dr. George Huculak
Dr. Grant Bolger
Dr. Michael Zahoui
Dr. Nigel Jagan
Dr. S Arunthavanathan
Dr. Max Leung
Dr. G Burwell
Dr. J Szendry
Dr. D Ibsen
Dr. L. A Pilegg
Dr. V Teddorescu
Dr. Kevin Luces
Dr. Viroid Jauhari
Dr. Manjinder Randhawa
Dr. Kathy Lee Sang
Dr. John Lee
Dr. C Copeland
Ghazala Hussain
Dr. Abdul Abrahim
Dr. Mohammed Khan
Dr. Munir Nathoo
Dr. William Cecutti
Dr. Jagdish Chopra

Media Coverage

Health 180 with Carion Fenn

Dr. Stephen Gallay talks about The Shoulder Centre

 

The Shoulder Centre – Health Yourself Guide

Dr. Joel Lobo – The Shoulder Centre

Read here about how The Shoulder Centre got a long-distance runner back on her feet (October 27, 2016)

Read here about how The Shoulder Centre is transforming shoulder care (Hospital News – June, 2016)

Read here about how The Shoulder Centre is improving services for patients (May 5, 2016)

Read here about The Shoulder Centre in the Durham Hospitals Week insert (April 7, 2016)

Read here to see photos from the official opening of The Shoulder Centre (October 6, 2016)

CKDO radio interview with one of The Shoulder Centre’s Founding Surgeons, Dr. Joel Lobo (April 7, 2016)

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