McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty Spotlight: John McCall

Published: August 3, 2012

Dr. John McCall is a graduate from the University of Glasgow Medical School and holds a Master’s degree in the biomechanics of articular cartilage and scanning electron microscopy from the University of Strathclyde. He completed at one year teaching fellowship in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Glasgow. Dr. McCall was also involved with articular cartilage transplantation with Professor Tom Gibson, a pioneering plastic surgeon who described “the second set phenomenon”. He moved to Canada and completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto during the golden era with Drs. Ian McNabb, Bob Salter, Joe Schatzker, Mercer Rang and George Pennall. He was the first orthopaedic surgeon in Collingwood, ON in 1974, and his practice currently focuses on trauma and arthroscopic surgery of the knees, shoulders and ankles. Dr. McCall is also the chief of the Department of Surgery in Collingwood and has occupied the position for the past 20 years.

Dr. McCall has been a member of a number of sports medical teams including three Olympic teams: 1992 in Albertville, France; 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway and 1998 in Nagano, Japan. He was the medical officer for equestrian events at the Montreal Olympics and has been the chief medical office for the Speed Skating Canada for many years. He was awarded the “Jean Grenier” trophy for service to Speed Skating Canada. Dr. McCall has travelled widely to world championships and world cups, and is the adviser to the International Skating Union for safety in short track.

When he is not treating patients or athletes, Dr. McCall is a mountaineer and explorer. He has climbed mountains in many countries including Nepal, Tibet, China, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, France, Switzerland, Canada and the United States of America. He has visited the Clyde River areas in Baffin Island, Nunavut and has sailed and climbed in his native Scotland. Four years ago, he sailed a 60 foot sailboat to Antarctica with five others and climbed some virgin peaks on the Antarctic Peninsula. Dr. McCall currently resides on a house farm on the Niagara escarpment with his wife Edith and several equines, dog and cats. He is the Alpine Club of Canada representative for the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) Medical Commission.

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