Dr. Carrie Kollias is a Canadian Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in Paediatric Orthopaedics 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 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) in Orthopaedic Surgery and she has been involved in Orthopaedic outreach in the developing world with prior work in Malawi, Angola, and Ecuador.
Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, she worked as a consultant surgeon in an under-serviced area of southern Alberta and provided paediatric orthopaedic and also community adult orthopaedic care from 2012-2018. She has served as a council 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 recently 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 (child and adult), limb deformity, and trauma. She is passionate about effective communication – at the individual patient level as well as within medical organizations and to the public. Current research activity in 2018 involves a partnership with Canadian Orthopaedic Association regarding surgeon health. She is the author of children’s book ‘Maria’s Marvelous Bones’ (published 2018). Carrie enjoys seeing the world and meeting interesting people. She has two young 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.