Dr. Carrie Kollias, MD, FRCSC, is a Canadian Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics and Adult Limb Deformity. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta, followed by Medical School and Orthopedic Residency at University of Calgary. She then went on to complete fellowships in Pediatric Orthopaedics and combined Adult/Pediatric Limb Reconstruction (Limb Deformity) in Melbourne, Australia through Royal Children’s Hospital and various adult centers, 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) in Orthopedic Surgery and she has been involved in Orthopedic outreach in the developing world with prior work in Malawi, Angola, Ecuador, and Haiti.
Originally from Fredericton, Carrie has served the patients of southern Alberta since 2012 as a consultant orthopedic surgeon. She has also served as a council member for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Regional Advisory Committee, and is active in Canadian healthcare advocacy. She is a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Calgary Department of Surgery and enjoys teaching, learning, and meeting interesting people. Carrie has a very helpful husband and two young children who listen to a lot of stories about bones.
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 resident. 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.