dr Peter Fowler, Canadian sports activities drugs pioneer and Londoner, dies aged 84 – London


Peter Fowler, a London, Ontario native and considered an icon in the world of sports medicine, has died at the age of 84.

Fowler died Wednesday of a respiratory infection with his family by his side at University Hospital, a place where he worked and perfected his surgical techniques for the rehabilitation of injured elite and amateur athletes across Canada — something that would one day make his name prominent in the history books.

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His techniques included using a minimally invasive procedure known as arthroscopy, which uses a narrow tube connected to a fiber optic video camera through a buttonhole-sized incision. The view of the inside of the joint is then sent to a high-resolution monitor so the surgeon can repair the injured joint without having to make a large incision.

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Fowler, who began his career as Western University’s first orthopedic surgeon under the direction of the late Dr. Jack Kennedy began working to perfect the process.

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In 1974, after completing his residency training, Fowler and Kennedy, in partnership with Western, founded a small sports injury clinic that would eventually grow into one of the largest sports medicine clinics in North America: the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic University and the London Health Science Centre.

Fowler was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2019 as a “pioneer” for his contributions to the development of sports medicine in Canada.

“We all feel the loss in the soul of the clinic today,” said Dr. Robert Litchfield, the clinic’s medical director, in a Facebook post. “It’s impossible to predict the reach and impact of Dr. Putting Fowler’s career into words. He leaves an enduring legacy in sports medicine, the medical community in London, Ontario and Canada, and across the Western University campus.”

According to the clinic, Fowler was also elected president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sport Medicine, “the most influential society in the field.” He was one of only two Canadians ever honored with this position.

He was also the first President of the International Society of Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the largest and most influential sports medicine society internationally.

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The clinic says more information about Fowler’s life celebration will be announced shortly.

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