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July 3, 2007

Mitra Foroutan
Corporate Communications & Public Relations, LHSC
519-685-8500, ext. 74772

New Medical Director of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic announced

(LONDON, Ontario) - Phil Bowman, chair of the board of directors of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Litchfield has accepted the position of medical director for the Clinic, effective June 25, 2007.

“We are truly pleased to have Dr. Litchfield in the position of medical director, “ said Phil Bowman. “His experience and background in the field of sport medicine is a boon to our patients as well as to the staff and physicians of the Clinic”.

Dr. Robert Litchfield is an orthopaedic surgeon with research and clinical interests is in the area of shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He is involved in several clinical trials funded through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and is principal investigator or co-investigator in an additional thirteen randomized clinical trials. He was a founding member of the research group JOINTS Canada (jointscanada.ca), whose focus is multicentered RCT’s involving common conditions of the shoulder. He is extensively involved in surgical education through his role as the Director of Education for the Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR).

Dr. Litchfield is past president of the medical staff organization for the London Health Sciences Centre and has served on the Board of Directors for the hospital. He holds memberships in the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Herodicus Society and the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. An avid skier and golfer, Dr. Litchfield is a member of the Physician’s Group for the Canadian National Ski Team. Bob is married to Mandy and they have three children.

“I am looking forward to my new role at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic,” said Dr. Litchfield. “It is an honour to provide leadership to an organization with a rich history and reputation for excellence.”

Dr. Robert Litchfield has been the Interim Medical Director at the Clinic since April when Dr. Peter Fowler, co-founder of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, announced his resignation.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is the home of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number more than 9,000 and together they provided care for more than 1 million patients last year.