Dr. Stephen French
Dr. Stephen French is a Royal College Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, with special interest in sports medicine and knee reconstruction, at our Calgary Surgical Centre. He is also the Assistant Professor for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and a Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Calgary.
He received his Medical Doctorate (MD) in 1999 from the University of Toronto and his Fellowship in Operative Sports Medicine in 2005 from Western University. He also holds a Fellowship in Complex Lower Extremity Reconstruction from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
He is the co-author of a book on High Tibial Osteotomy. He is fluent in both English and French.
Membership & Affiliations
- Canadian Orthopedic Association Member
- Arthroscopy Association North America Member
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery Member
- International Society Arthroscopy Knee Surgery & Orthopedic Sports Medicine
- Diploma in Sports Medicine
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Fellowship in Complex Lower Extremity Reconstruction
University of Toronto
- Fellowship in Operative Sports Medicine
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Doctor of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
- To be updated
Awards & Achievements
- Recipient of
- 2009 Northern Ontario School of Medicine Outstanding Specialty Teaching Award
- 2004 University of Toronto Orthopaedic Resident Research Award
- Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of
- Canadian Sport Institute Calgary
- Calgary Flames NHL
- Calgary Stameders CFL
- Workers Compensation Board Alberta
- Assistant Professor for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Calgary
- Co-Author of a Book on High Tibial Osteotomy
- Scientific Researcher/Publisher
- Calgary Surgical Centre
- The Chronicle-Journal: Health Sciences Centre Doc on the Slopes at the Olympics – 2010
- The Western Star: Whats up, doc?; Corner Brook native Stephen French on Site for Olympic Alpine Skiing Event – 2010
Hobbies & Interests
- To be updated
Submitted June 22, 2015
Dr. French is one of the best orthopedic surgeons I have ever seen. I had a complete dislocation with a trimalleoral fracture of my right ankle which required surgery inserting a plate and 12 screws. I have seen him for the past 18 months and he is knowledgeable, careful and extremely talented. He has explained every move he makes and why. He treats me like an intelligent person and I trust his medical advice completely.
His bedside manner is fantastic and I enjoy his positive outlook every time I see him. His staff all seem to enjoy working with him and that says a lot about a surgeon.
Submitted May 29, 2015
How do you rate or thank someone who gave you part of your life back. I thank God everyday for this man and his dedication to help others with his knowledge and experience. Of course, this includes his whole team and family. When I look at the scars on my ankle, I am reminded of his skill and how blessed I am to live in a country where I can walk again. I was born with a club foot deformity. After years of wear and tear, the the left foot completely collapsed. My life became very small due to the pain and I was not able to perform daily tasks. After a series of referrals and dead ends, I finally ended up in Dr. Alexander’s office. He explained what the problem was and that he could stabilize my foot with a subtalar talonavicular fusion. At this point, I was willing to try anything to get moving again. I had the surgery in June 2013 and I haven’t looked back. It has almost been two years and there is still improvement. I am free to come and go as I please and am pain free. I feel very comfortable referring this doctor to anybody with a foot problem. The majority of people with a good experience don’t take the time to post on these sites. We are too busy getting on with our lives. I took ten minutes today to write this in hopes that it helps somebody. Keep up the good work Dr. Alexander!!
Submitted Feb. 18, 2015
In 2009, I had torn my ACL and my patella tendon. A different doctor had repaired my patella tendon and he referred me to Dr French for my ACL.
I wanted to get my ACL repaired right away, but Dr French didn’t want to perform the surgery for the sake of performing the surgery. He encouraged me to try physio to strengthen my leg first to see if that would help. Unfortunately, it didn’t but I did get into really good shape going to the gym and working out my knee everyday.
I ended up getting several surgeries with Dr French from 2010 to 2011. He did a scope of my knee to see what was left of my ACL just to make sure I would benefit from getting an ACL reconstruction and repaired my meniscus and removed a broken wire from my previous knee surgery that was causing me some discomfort.
The second surgery he did was the ACL reconstruction. I wanted to get a donor tendon instead of losing part of my hamstring, luckily Dr French recommended that we go that route since I already had some weakness from my torn patella tendon and he didn’t want to sacrifice any more strength in my leg by removing part of my hamstring. He was worried that I would be hesitant to put a tendon in my body from a cadaver but I had no issue with it since I filled out my organ donor card.
After the ACL reconstruction, he did one more surgery to remove some staples from my shin where the replacement tendon was anchored to. The bone tissue around the staples had grown around it and caused a big bump on my shin bone so it was painful to wear my custom knee brace. he went in and removed the staples and filed evened out the bump on my shin.
Since then my knee has been really good. It’s not the same as before but it’s much better then what I thought it could be after I first injured it.
Dr. French has always been very kind and helpful when I met with him and I feel very lucky to have had him repair my knee before he moved away.