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Our Clinicians

Gateway Surgery Solutions has long-standing relationships with medical experts across all areas of their circle of care. Physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists and registered nurses are all an integral part of Gateway’s deep network of health care professionals.

Andrea Veljkovic
B.COMM, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Knee, Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Andrea Veljkovic is a sports knee and foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon working at St. Paul's hospital under the University of British Columbia. She is interested in alignment restoration in complex knee and foot & ankle deformities, sports, and advanced arthroscopic reconstruction.  In addition, she performs ankle arthroplasty. Her goal is joint preservation of the knee, foot and ankle through the use of cutting edge surgical techniques, realignment procedures, and Biologics interventions.

She currently serves as the research director of the UBC orthopaedic program, and as the adult foot and ankle fellowship director. She was recently awarded the UBC teaching award and has completed two prestigious travelling fellowships (CFBS and ASG). She currently maintains a sports knee and sports foot and ankle affiliation with UBC varsity sports teams. 

Andie completed her medical school at the University of Alberta and then moved to Halifax to do her orthopaedic residency training. During her residency she became interested in sports and had the privilege of working with Dr. Reid on elective in Alberta, covering teams such as the Edmonton Eskimos, and Edmonton Oilers. 

After orthopaedics residency training in Halifax and Edmonton, she completed a sports knee and shoulder arthroscopy fellowship at the University of British Columbia (UBC) under Dr. McCormack, and then trained in sports knee, and foot and ankle sports and lower extremity reconstruction under Dr. Amendola at the University of Iowa.  

During her second fellowship at the University of Iowa, she developed her skills for minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery as it pertains to foot and ankle reconstruction and joint preservation, and knee preservation techniques such as meniscal transplants, cartilage resurfacing, realignment, and patellofemoral stabilization.

During her two fellowships, she took care of multiple sports teams including the Whitecaps soccer club, Simon Fraser University soccer teams, BC Lions football club, University of Iowa basketball and field hockey teams. In addition, she serving as an Orthopaedic surgeon for the Vancouver Olympics polyclinic and covering short track speed skating.

After completing her fellowship training, she had a community Orthopaedic practice in Nova Scotia where she was the team doctor for Acadia University, dealing with sports knee, shoulder, and foot and ankle pathology, before taking a position at the University of Toronto as a surgeon scientist. In Toronto she moved her practice away from shoulder pathology to high end foot and ankle sports and reconstruction, and continued to treat sports knee.

She then moved to Vancouver under the University of British Columbia to take on the position of research director of the orthopaedics residency program. She continues to push the envelope on joint preservation of the foot and ankle and knee, and continues to help sports teams such as UBC Varsity teams,

She completed her Masters of Public Health at Harvard and uses this foundation to further her research on sports and joint preservation. Her research interests are in clinical epidemiology of early arthritis of the knee and ankle, minimally invasive reconstructive techniques, lower limb alignment of the ankle and knee, and use of Biologics in joint preservation. 

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz
Jesse Slade Shantz
BSC, MD
Shoulder, Knee, Elbow Surgeon

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz is a Royal College Certified sports and shoulder surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and open surgeries for shoulder, knee, elbow and sports-associated conditions. 

 

Dr. Slade Shantz received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Slade Shantz completed fellowships in stem cell research and orthopaedic trauma at the University of California, San Francisco and shoulder, elbow and sports surgery at the University of Toronto. Concurrently, he holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at UWO, and advises start-up companies in the digital health field specializing in data use and privacy issues. Dr. Slade Shantz was a co-founder of The Shoulder Centre at Ajax and Pickering hospital, an innovative, patient-centered shoulder treatment centre in Ontario. 

 

Dr. Slade Shantz has focused his career on being at the cutting edge of surgical techniques and delivering the experience patients expect in terms of communication, punctuality and customer service within the healthcare system.  Dr. Slade Shantz is committed to creating an environment that encourages shared decision-making. Because of his unique approach, Dr. Slade Shantz has been invited to educate other surgeons on current surgical techniques and speak about entrepreneurship and health system transformation.

 

Procedures Performed:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, arthroscopic superior capsular reconstruction, arthroscopic stabilizations including remplissage, subpectoral biceps tenodesis, capsular release for frozen shoulder
  • Latarjet procedure, Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction, clavicle fracture fixation
  • All-inside anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with patellar tendon or hamstrings graft, meniscal repair and medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction.
  • Elbow arthroscopy including the treatment of osteochondral lesions and elbow arthritis, post-traumatic elbow contracture release, acute and chronic distal biceps repair and reconstruction.
  • Hamstrings repair and other sports-related procedures.


Memberships and Affiliations
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Canadian Orthopedic Association
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

 

Education
Queen’s University - BSc Biochemistry
University of Western Ontario - MD
University of Manitoba - Orthopedic Surgery
University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business
University of California, San Francisco - Fellowship trauma
University of Toronto - Fellowship sports and shoulder

 

Achievements and Awards
Surgical Educator - Arthrex
The Shoulder Centre - Co-founder
Reviewer - Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma
Publications - 19 peer-reviewed publications and 4 book chapters

 

Hospital Affiliations
Ajax and Pickering hospital at Lakeridge Health
False Creek Healthcare Centre - Vancouver
Canadian Surgery Solutions - Calgary

 

Media
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7TwdMHsZMI
https://vimeo.com/103022851

Dr. Ian Lo
Ian Lo
M.D. FRS(C).
Shoulder Surgeon

Dr. Lo received his medical degree and Orthopaedic surgical residency from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Lo spent two years as a clinician scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studying soft tissue healing at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Dr. Lo then began his sub-specialization in the treatment of shoulder conditions studying under Dr. Stephen Burkhart (University of Texas, San Antonio, TX) and Dr. Evan Flatow (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY).

Since returning to Calgary, Dr. Lo has dedicated his practice solely to the treatment of shoulder conditions and has helped improved the quality of life of thousands of patients across Canada. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lo specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder conditions and has pioneered several arthroscopic shoulder procedures. He holds multiple patents for innovative products designed improve shoulder surgery.

Dr. Lo lectures nationally and internationally and has presented or published hundreds of papers. He has served on the committees of several distinguished organizations including the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Lo has twice been awarded the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's Neer Award, the organization's highest distinction for shoulder research and is a recipient of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Founder's Medal. He cos authored "A Cowboy's Guide To Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy'', which was recognized for its ingenuity by the British Medical Association and is now considered a classic text.

When he is not working Dr. Lo, he spends most of his free time with his wife and four children. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, fitness and mixed martial arts training.

Kelly Johnston
BSc, MD, FRCSC.
Hip & Knee Surgeon

Dr. Kelly Johnston is a Royal College Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with special interests in young adult hip problems; hip arthroscopy; peri-acetabular osteotomy; primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty orthopaedic trauma. In addition to being a consultant to Gateway Surgery Solutions, Dr. Johnston is also an attending orthopaedic surgeon at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary.

He received his Medical Doctorate (MD) in 2001 from the University of Alberta and his surgical training in orthopaedic surgery from the University of Calgary. He received his fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Trauma in 2007 from the Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. He also obtained a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction in 2008 from the University of California, San Diego.

When Dr. Johnston enjoys spending his leisure time with his family as well as honing his skills in karate.

Rajrishi Sharma
BSc, MSc, MD, FRCSC
Hip & Knee Surgeon

Assistant Clinical Professor - University of Calgary
Arthroplasty Research Lead - Calgary
Fellowship 1 - Complex Primary and Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty - University of Western Ontario
Fellowship 2 - Foot and Ankle Surgery - McMaster University
Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research - McMaster University

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