Dr. John Oliver

Graduate McGill University Medical School 1973
Internship St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver 1973-74

Orthopedic Specialty training at Montreal General Hospital 1974-1978

Orthopedic Fellowship: Toronto-The Wellesley and The Orthopedic and Arthritic Hospitals- Arthroplasty and Sport Orthopedics 1978-79

Dr. Oliver started practice in Orthopedic Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Montreal in 1979. He was part of the Orthopedic Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital until 1986, when he moved to Kelowna B.C.

While in Montreal, he associated with Dr. Larry Coughlin, and together, they were consultants to numerous sports teams including the Montreal Alouettes Football Club, the Montreal Expos Baseball Team, and the Manic Soccer team.

Dr. Oliver was a member of the Medical Team of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1976. This experience lead to further roles as Chief Medical Officer of the medical teams of the Canadian Teams to the FISU Games in Mexico City in 1979, the World Aquatics in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1982, and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986.

An avid skier, he volunteered with the Canadian Alpine Medical Group in 1979, and over the subsequent decade he volunteered as team doctor for Canadian Alpine teams at multiple Alpine World Cups. His association as a consultant orthopedic surgeon with the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team has continued since 1979. This association led to his participation on the Canadian Medical Teams at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, and in Vancouver in 2012.

Since 1986, Dr. Oliver has been a member of the Orthopedic Group at the Kelowna General Hospital. Dr. Oliver has served as Chief of Surgery at KGH, President of the B.C. Orthopedic Association, and President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine.

Dr. Oliver has volunteered on an orthopedic medical mission to Ecuador in 2007. He also served as a civilian Trauma Surgeon on the Canadian Forces Medical Unit at the Kandahar airfield Trauma Hospital in Kandahar in March 2008.

Dr. Oliver’s orthopedic practice includes the surgical management of trauma cases that are admitted at Kelowna General Hospital. Electively,
Dr. Oliver has concentrated on the care of individuals with arthritis (hip and knee replacement surgery), while continuing his interest in arthroscopic treatment of acute and chronic knee injuries. His surgical practice also includes the surgical management of carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Oliver has been involved as a Clinical Professor at the UBC Medical School.

In addition to his practice in Kelowna, Dr. Oliver has been a consultant at the Specialist Referral Clinic in Vancouver since 2004. From 2008 to 2013, he was on staff at UBC Hospital, where he performed arthroplasty surgeries on patients from the Okanagan, thereby reducing the wait times for surgery in the interior of B.C.

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