ABOUT DR. ROD FRENCH
ABOUT DR. ROD FRENCH
Dr. French is a graduate of UBC Faculty of Medicine (1996) and completed his residency in Plastic Surgery at Dalhousie University (2002). He completed a Masters degree in Surgical Education at Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University (2003). He completed a one year fellowship in Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery at Harvard University (2004). He also has a Diploma in Sports Medicine (2017) from the Canadian Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM).
Dr. French is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners in the United States (1998). He is an active member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons where he served on the Educational Committee for 8 years. He is also an active member of the British Columbia Hand Surgery Society, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), and the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS). He is an international guest Faculty instructor for the EWAS wrist Arthroscopy Course in Strasbourg, France each November.
Dr. French is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He is the Head of Plastic Surgery at Peace Arch Hospital and is on active staff at Royal Columbian and Eagleridge Hospitals. He also sees private patients at the Specialist Referral Clinic and operates at Cambie Surgery Center in Vancouver. Since 2014 he has been on staff at the Visiting Specialists Clinic (VSC) of WorkSafeBC in Richmond.
A particular interest and focus for Dr. French is sports-related hand and wrist injuries. He is the Head Team Physician for the Canadian Snowboard Team and will care for the team at the 23rd Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018. He is the consultant hand and wrist surgeon to both the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer and to the Calgary Flames of the NHL. He has been a Consultant Hand Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon to the NHL Players' Association since 2005 and is now a consultant of the Combined NHL / NHLPA Medical Second Opinion Program that formed in 2014.
In September 2014, Dr. French gave the keynote address at a high school careers day. The talk, entitled "Failing to Succeed" highlights his background experiences, reasons for his career choice, and advice to young adults about his approach to his work and to living a happy and fulfilling life. The talk was posted on YouTube and can be viewed by clicking on the title slide below.
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