Dr. Ron El-Hawary MD, MSc, FRCS(C)
Chief of Orthopaedics IWKLocations: IWK Health Centre
Specialities: Paediatric, Spine
Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Associate Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Associate Professor School of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. El-Hawary is Chief of Orthopaedics at the IWK Health Centre and is Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University (Cross-appointments with the School of Biomedical Engineering and with the Division of Neurosurgery). He is the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Orthopaedic Examination Committee, Executive Committee Member of the Children’s Spine Study Group, Board Member of the Children’s Spine Foundation, Vice President of the Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Group, recent Board Member of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and is Founding President of the Canadian Paediatric Spine Study Group. Dr. El-Hawary also currently serves on the Growing Spine and Website Committees of the Scoliosis Research Society and on the Fellowship Committee of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
Dr. El-Hawary’s education consisted of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1994), Bachelor of Science in Medicine (1998), and Medical Doctorate (1998) all from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (2003) and his Master of Science in Medical Biophysics (2004) from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He received further education as an Edwards Fellow in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas (2005). In 2006, he was chosen to be a Scoliosis Research Society Dawson Traveling Fellow and, in 2010, was selected to be a Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America European Traveling Fellow.
His clinical interests include the correction of spinal deformity and paediatric trauma. The treatment of early onset scoliosis remains his forte, including thoracoscopic vertebral body tethering, thoracoscopic vertebral body stapling, magnetically controlled growing rods (MAGEC), TROLLEY, Shilla, VEPTR, traditional spinal growing rods, and scoliosis casting.
His research interests include scoliosis, paediatric trauma, and radiostereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA). He is the principal investigator of the successful IWK grant from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency / Atlantic Innovation Fund (ACOA/AIF) entitled “Development of a Low-Dose Radiographic Imaging Technique for Assessment of Outcomes Following Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery”.