Physician Biography

Dr. Sylvester is a Trauma and Arthroplasty Surgeon.

He has gained vast surgical experience through a fellowship in adult trauma and lower extremity reconstruction at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Center in Toronto.

This training offered him extensive exposure to the management of complex lower extremity injuries, including pelvic and acetabular fractures and their associated complications.

My experience also includes a range of hip and knee arthroplasty scenarios, from simple primary cases to complex revision cases utilizing tumor and allograft composite prosthetics.

 

Education:

2014-2015                   Clinical Fellow, Adult Trauma and Lower Extremity Reconstruction

Supervisors: Dr. R. Jenkinson, Dr. M. Nousiainen

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2011-2014                   Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2009-2011                   Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

2005-2009                   MD

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2000-2004                   BSc(H) Biology

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

 

Certification & Licensure:

2014                            Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Orthopaedic Surgery

2014                            Independent Practice License, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

2010                            Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada

2009                            US Medical Licensing Examination, Part II

 

Professional Memberships:

2014                            Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

2013 – Present             Ontario Orthopaedic Association

2013 – Present             Canadian Orthopaedic Association

2005 – Present                         Canadian Medical Association

2005 – Present             Ontario Medical Association

Teaching Contributions:

2014                            Surgical Examiner, iOSCE Examination

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

2010                            Moderator, Case Based Learning

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine

Practice, Focus/Procedures

  • Trauma and Arthroplasty Surgeon

Referral Policy

Although many referrals are sent to a surgical specialist, in many cases the referral is made for a nonsurgical condition. In this case, your referral may be redirected to our physiatry sports medicine specialist or our primary care sports medicine physician. In other instances, your referral may be deemed a surgical referral, but it may be more appropriate for you to see another surgical specialist who has specialized training in your condition.

Kelowna Bone and Joint Health now requires a completed standard referral form with all referrals. In addition to this, appropriate x-rays within 6 months of the referral need to be included in the referral. The standard referral form ensures that you are seen by the most appropriate physician in the shortest amount of time. The x-rays are required to ensure that your presenting complaints are fully assessed on the first visit, rather than having to book a follow-up appointment to provide treatment recommendations for your diagnosis.

Cancellation Policy

If illness, travel problems or other extenuating circumstances arise, we appreciate a phone call as soon as possible so that we can make use of the office time for another patient and reschedule your appointment.

Missed appointments (without a phone call): Due to historical issues with no shows slowing patient access a no show – short cancellation fee of $100 has been instituted to limit this. If you have to cancel for any reason, please call the office at least 48 hrs prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid this cancellation fee.

Referral letters will be returned to the referring doctor with a note stating that the appointment was not attended. Rescheduling will usually require another referral letter.

Follow-Ups

A letter is generated after each consult and sent to the referring doctor. Letters typically outline the diagnosis, the treatment options, and any follow-up required. Please feel free to review this letter with your family doctor.

If you still have questions or concerns after your consultation, please feel free to call and book a follow-up appointment. A lot of information is typically conveyed at the time of the first consult, and it is common to have additional questions or concerns arise. If you need further information on the problem and treatment options, or have any concerns, please feel free to call.


Contact

Dr. Steven Sylvester

Current Appointments


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