For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2012

London Health Sciences Centre cheers Jan Hudec’s

gold medal at World Cup alpine downhill


(LONDON, Ontario) – World champion skier Jan Hudec had his own cheering section here in London, Ontario, when the 30-year-old Canadian won the World Cup downhill in Chamonix, France.


Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Robert Litchfield, Medical Director of LHSC’s Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, and his team have been providing care for Mr. Hudec since 2004 when he received his first knee surgery at London Health Sciences Centre.


"Jan contacted me yesterday,” says Dr. Litchfield. “I congratulated him on his stellar achievement. Despite the many problems he has had with his knees over the years, he has the heart of a champion and is truly an outstanding athlete.”


Dr. Litchfield is world renowned for his work and knowledge of the injuries of elite skiers such as Mr. Hudec. His clinical and research interests include athletic injuries to the knee.


"We congratulate Jan Hudec on his accomplishments on the slopes,” says Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and Chief Executive Officer. “I also congratulate Dr. Litchfield, his orthopaedic team, and the members of our Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic. Their work with Canada’s top athletes, as with patients in our region, is world class.”



About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit 



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