Richter St., Kelowna, BC, V1W 4V5

Dr. John Oliver

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Born: Montreal Quebec.

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.

Education, Training, Credentials

Graduate McGill University Medical School
- 1973

Internship St. Paul’s Hospital
1973 - 1974
Vancouver, BC
Orthopedic Specialty training
1974 - 1978
Montreal General Hospital
Orthopedic Fellowship
1978 - 1979
Toronto, ON
The Wellesley and The Orthopedic and Arthritic Hospitals- Arthroplasty and Sport Orthopedics
Dr. Oliver started practice in Orthopedic Surgery
1979 - 1986
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Montreal

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.


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.




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We are centrally located in the mission

3330 Richter St., Kelowna, BC, V1W4V5
Suite 303 - Kelowna Orthopedics Clinic
Suite 307 - Musculoskeletal Clinic

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