Dr. Alan Giachino
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Dr. Alan Giachino

“I believe good health is the single most important aspect in a person’s enjoyment of life.”

Occupation: Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hands, wrists, knees and hips (Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital); Associate Professor in the division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Ottawa; Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) Program Director for Wenzhou, China

Personal Life
  • It is through his experiences abroad that Dr. Giachino has realized how lucky and fortunate he is, allowing him to lead a more enriched life at home in Ottawa
  • In 2001, he was inducted into the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Football Hall of Fame
  • His wife, Carmen Giachino often accompanies him on many of his volunteer trips around the world
Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Dr. Giachino earned his M.D. from the University of Toronto, then a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Giachino then moved on to Total Joint Replacement and Hand Surgery fellowships at the University of Adelaide in South Australia and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee
  • He has volunteered in many different countries ranging from Fiji to Ethiopia, often teaching new skills and techniques to medical professionals in these countries, performing surgeries as they often need an extra pair of hands (as there is sometimes only one orthopaedic surgeon in the whole country!), and sometimes giving lectures
  • Dr, Giachino operates a clinic in Iqualuit, and is the former doctor for the Ottawa Roughriders
  • In 2000, he was awarded the University of Ottawa Division of Orthopaedic Surgery- Best Teacher Award
  • He has been awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to global health through his work with Health Volunteers Overseas and World Orthopedic Concern
  • 2012 Awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, (for service to Canada over the previous sixty years)
  • Has also been awarded the Governor General Award
  • Students will benefit from this ‘inside look” of what it is like to volunteer and dedicate expertise and time all over the world and discuss his surgical work and the teaching he has done in the field of orthopaedics in very remote areas of the world. He discusses the challenges, highlights and the limitations of teaching in countries where resources are scarce and in one instance, where there is only one orthopaedic surgeon in all of the country (Bhutan). His perspective as an international volunteer in the field of medicine could stimulate your own ideas and future goals.
  • Along with hundreds of publications and lectures throughout the world, the following highlights some of the diverse things he has done. The volunteer section gives some of the countries in which he has worked and taught.
Volunteer Positions