Dr. Ron El HawaryMD, MSc, FRCS(C)



Dr. El-Hawary is Chief of Orthopaedics at the IWK Health Centre and is Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University (Cross-appointments with the School of Biomedical Engineering and with the Division of Neurosurgery). He is currently President of the Canadian Pediatric Orthopaedic Group, President of the Children's Spine Foundation, and President of the Pediatric Spine Study Group. Dr. El-Hawary is also serving as a member of the Scoliosis Research Society’s Education Resource Committee and Growing Spine Committee.  He was a recent member of the Board of Directors of both Scoliosis Research Society and Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and has been Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Orthopaedic Examination Committee and was Founding President of the Canadian Pediatric Spine Society.

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 are varied, with the main focus being the correction of spinal deformity.  This includes the treatment of all forms of scoliosis, including early onset scoliosis (casting, growing rods, VEPTR, MAGEC, TROLLEY, posterior dynamic deformity correction - Apifix, vertebral body stapling - VBS, vertebral body tethering - VBT, and thoracoscopic techniques).  His research interests include scoliosis, Paediatric trauma, and radiostereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA).