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McMaster University

Fellow Spotlight: Michael Creech

Published: July 19, 2013

Dr. Michael Creech grew up in North Bay, in northern Ontario. He began his postsecondary studies at McMaster University, where he earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He completed medical school at University of Ottawa and continued there to further his training as an orthopaedic surgical resident. While at Ottawa, he received numerous awards including: Best Teaching Award, the Orthopaedic Surgery Division Anatomy Cup and highest mark for OITE in fifth year residency at Ottawa. Dr. Creech had many podium presentations in orthopaedics at Collins Day and Uthoff Day in Ottawa, where he presented one of his own publications from the Spine Journal.

He also has a background in physiotherapy from Queen’s University. There, while pursuing fulltime studies, he had the opportunity to work closely with the varsity rugby team, as an athletic trainer. He himself had been a high level hockey athlete with professional aspirations that were cut short by an ankle injury early in his career. These experiences with sports and physiotherapy led him to the orthopaedic and sports medicine field. Drawing from the memory of what it is like to be on the other side of the table; he is ever mindful of the importance of his patient’s goals and dreams as he works to develop better techniques and outcomes in his surgeries.

His return to McMaster in July, 2013 for a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, feels very much like a return to his roots.

Outside of medicine, he keeps physically active with biking, going to the gym and running to keep up with his 15 month old daughter.


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