Dr Carrie Kollias MD FRCSC FRACS
Dr. Carrie Kollias is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and award-winning children’s book author who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta, followed by Medical School and Orthopedic training at University of Calgary. She then went on to complete fellowships in Paediatric Orthopedics and combined Adult/Paediatric Limb Reconstruction (Limb Deformity) in Melbourne, Australia through Royal Children’s Hospital and various adult centres, where she acquired expertise in limb lengthening and deformity correction using Taylor Spatial Frame as well as other devices. Carrie was the first surgeon in Canada to perform a leg lengthening using the ‘Precice’ lengthening nail (remote controlled) in 2014.
Dr Kollias is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, she worked as a consultant surgeon in southern Alberta where she provided Paediatric Orthopaedic and adult limb reconstruction and trauma care from 2012-2018. She has served as an elected board member for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (provincial medical regulator), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Regional Advisory Committee, and is active in Canadian and international healthcare advocacy. She returned to Melbourne to join the Orthopedic team at Royal Children’s Hospital in a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon role in early 2019.
Carrie’s main orthopaedic interests include Paediatric Orthopaedics, foot & ankle surgery, limb deformity, and trauma. She is a physician burnout researcher with experience leading national studies investigating wellness in orthopaedic surgery trainees and surgeons. Carrie has an interest in improving workplace culture, is involved in multiple wellness and diversity initiatives, and speaks on these topics. She is a founding member of the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance in 2019 and has been involved in Orthopaedic outreach in the developing world with prior work in Malawi, Angola, and Ecuador. She is the author of children’s book ‘Maria’s Marvelous Bones’ (published 2018, winner of International 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards (1st place in STEM, 1st place in Health). Carrie enjoys seeing the world and meeting interesting people. She has two school age children and a very patient husband.
A Q&A with Author Dr. Carrie Kollias
Why did you write Maria’s Marvelous Bones?
I got the idea for Maria’s Marvelous Bones nearly ten years ago when I was an orthopaedic trainee. Thousands of kids get fractures every year and I thought knowing what happens next would comfort them. As I now have my own kids, I also wanted to write a book that explained the science behind bone healing. Most children’s books about the body are quite dry and uninteresting to young readers, but my book draws them in through a narrative and educates them with accurate and age-appropriate information.
Gender and ethnic diversity within the healthcare professions is also a passion of mine. Orthopaedic surgery is the least diverse of all medical specialties. In the USA, only 6.1% of orthopaedic surgeons are women, and even less are visible minorities. In Maria’s Marvelous Bones, the triage nurse is male and the orthopaedic surgeon is a visible minority female. I hope that kids from all cultural and social demographics will read this book and set their sights on whatever career they wish. Maybe I will even get to work with one of them someday as a future orthopaedic colleague!
How do you feel Gill Guile’s illustrations enhance Maria’s Marvelous Bones?
I was very fortunate to work with Gill on this project. She is an experienced illustrator who understood my desire for medical accuracy as well as my goal of showing diversity in members of the healthcare team. Some of the characters in this book are real people, which she captured amazingly. I also gave Gill many pictures of medical equipment and even X-rays to ensure that her drawings were accurate reflections of how we treat kids with a similar injury. I love how cute these illustrations are and am still amazed by how she was able to capture personality, especially in Maria and Taso.