McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty Spotlight: Paul Missiuna

Published: November 16, 2012

Dr. Paul Missiuna was born and raised in London, Ontario. His parents immigrated to Canada immediately post-World War II. He grew up in a household of six children. He attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario where he met his wife. He completed his residency training at the University of Calgary and then completed a Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children. Following his Fellowship he was appointed to a junior staff position at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Missiuna states that this was a wonderful experience obtaining mentorship during this period of time from Drs. Salter, Rang and Wedge. During his Fellowship, Dr. Missiuna pursued his special interest in the surgical treatment of spine deformity, and hip and lower extremity deformity for which he has developed an expertise recognized internationally. Dr. Missiuna is currently on the Board of Directors for a company since 1994. From a professional perspective Dr. Missiuna intends to continue to work in this area and to collaborate with colleagues on research that is ongoing in this area.

Dr. Missiuna enjoys teaching both graduate and post-graduate students, and finds their questioning stimulating.

A Pediatric Orthopedic team has been built at McMaster Children's Hospital and this is an evolving process with the goal of providing full Pediatric Orthopedic service to the community and beyond.

Dr. Missiuna is married to Dr. Cheryl Missiuna, who is a researcher at the School of Rehabilitation Science and is the Director of CanChild Research Centre. Dr. Missiuna has three grown children. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Missiuna can be found leading a church group, working out at the downtown YMCA, and if there is any free time, skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer.
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