The presentation will cover an introduction to the epidemiology, mechanisms of injury and clinical impact of cartilage injuries in young patients with non-arthritic knees. A brief overview of cartilage treatment/joint restoration/preservation options will be provided before focusing on the use and benefits of osteochondral allografts in these patients. This will include the indications, surgical techniques, and outcomes demonstrated in a case-based presentation to highlight the various options for osteochondral allograft use based on patient characteristics, defect size/location, previous treatments, concurrent joint problems, and emerging surgical technique.
John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC
John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Dip. Sport Med., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon whose practice includes sports medicine and shoulder surgery with a focus on complex knee and cartilage/joint preservation surgery. He completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre. This was followed by medical school and orthopaedic residency at the University of Calgary. He then came south across the border to undertake a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Michigan. Following two years of elective sports medicine practice in Canada with an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, he returned to join the Orthopaedic Surgery faculty at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor. In 2013, he was the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s representative for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF). He is the Head Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and a Team Physician for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program based in Plymouth, MI. He is a member of multiple committees within the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), as well as the Director of Orthopaedic Resident Education for the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the management and outcomes associated with both cartilage and multi-ligamentous injury of the knee as well as the optimization of rehabilitation following orthopedic sports medicine procedures.