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Dr John Street

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

John Street obtained his degree in Medicine from University College Cork, Ireland in 1993. During medical school he was recipient of The Watts Medal, a national award for undergraduate research. After an internship at Cork University Hospital, where he was awarded the ‘Intern of the Year’ prize, Street entered the Postgraduate Surgical Training Program of the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. He obtained his FRCS in General Surgery in 1997. Following this he was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship by The Health Research Board Ireland and the Ainsworth Scholarship by the National Universities of Ireland, to allow him to complete two-year full-time basic science research at University College Cork and Genentech Inc., San Francisco. Street subsequently trained in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery with the Institute of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland. Amongst his awards during that time were The British Orthopedic Research Society Fellowship Award 2000, The Irish Institute of Orthopedics Resident Award 2001 and The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland Presidents Prize 2002. He obtained his FRCS in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery in 2004.  He was conferred with the degree of PhD in Orthopedic Surgery in 2005 from the National University of Ireland.

Street served as Clinical Spine Fellow at the Combined Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine Program of Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia for one year until August 2006. Since then he has been in independent clinical practice as an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon as part of the Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Program of Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia. His clinical practice is entirely in the surgical and non-surgical management of adult patients with spinal disorders, across the entire breath of degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine. His specific areas of clinical interest are in spinal trauma and complex spine deformity. His clinical research interests are in Adverse Event identification and avoidance and in quality of life outcomes of patients with spinal disability. His basic science research interests are in the biomechanics of cervical spine trauma and in the biomechanics of saggittal spinal imbalance.

Since July 2011 Street has held the academic position of Assistant Professor within the Department of Orthopedics at the University of British Columbia with significant undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training responsibilities. He is co-Medical Director of the Complex Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital, Clinical Lead for the Integrated Ambulatory Spine Program and coordinator of the undergraduate and postgraduate education program. He is Spine Specialty Chair for the Canadian Orthopedic Association.  He is a member of most major national and international societies for the treatment of spinal conditions. He has presented more than 200 times at international conferences and is the author of more than 60 peer reviewed academic publications. He is a reviewer for The Spine Journal and for six other different academic orthopedic publications. He is a regular invited contributor to academic spine meetings and publications both locally and internationally.

Street is the recipient of 23 national and international awards for scholarship in the fields of orthopedics and spine surgery, most recently the American Spinal Injuries Association, Young Researcher Award, 2009, The Scoliosis Research Society Hibbs Award Finalist 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award for Surgical Research by the North American Spine Society and The Spine Journal. In 2012 he co-authored the Best Poster Award at The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, the Jacques Duparc Award by the European Federation of National Associations of Traumatology and Orthopedics, the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the Aaron Moser Award by ICORD.

John Street is the author of our recent Focus on: Insufficiency fractures of the spine: the role of kyphoplasty

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