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Orthopedic Surgeons

Prince George Surgery Centre is home to some of British Columbia’s most outstanding orthopedic surgeons. Our specialists are Fellows of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, perform a broad range of surgical procedures.

Patients are referred to us for treatment of mild-to-debilitating injuries to their bones and joints that interrupt their ability to work or go about their daily lives. We provide minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgeries, as well as more extensive repairs aimed at relieving pain and improving mobility and functionality.

Dr. Brad Ashman

Dr. Brad Ashman is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia and a fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.  He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of British Columbia and pursued orthopaedic residency training at the University of British Columbia. He subsequently completed fellowship training at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Ashman is a clinical instructor with the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and teaches regularly in the Northern Medical Program at the undergraduate and residency levels.  He is a member of the Doctors of BC, the British Columbia and Canadian Orthopaedic Associations, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. His subspecialty practice focus and clinical interest is in arthroscopic and open joint preservation of the shoulder and knee but he maintains a general orthopedic practice including hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Hendrik Dreyer

Dr. Hendrik Dreyer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at University Hospital of Northern B.C. Dr. Dreyer was educated in Cape Town, South Africa where he graduated with a degree in medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and did additional post-graduate training in adult reconstructive orthopedics at Tygerberg University Hospital. Since relocating to Prince George, Dr. Dreyer has completed the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada and obtained his orthopedic fellowship from the Royal College of Canada (FRCS©) He is currently a staff member in the Department of Comprehensive Orthopedics at UHNBC, and a clinical instructor for the UBC Orthopedic Residency and Undergraduate Medical programs. In addition to his clinical responsibilities he is a member of the BC Orthopedic Association and sits on the Deal Governance Steering Committee for HSSBC.

Dr. Denise Mackey

Dr. Denise Mackey is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia and a fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.  She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Ottawa and pursued orthopaedic training through the University of British Columbia.  Following her orthopaedic residency she completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Sydney Shoulder Research Institute in Sydney, Australia.  She is a clinical instructor with the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and teaches regularly in the Northern Medical Program at the undergraduate and residency levels.  Dr. Mackey is a member of the Doctors of BC and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Michael Moran

Dr. Michael Moran is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of London, and later completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Moran has served as the president of the Northern Medical Society and as a director of the BC Orthopedic Association. He currently participates in the BC Provincial Orthopedic panel and is co-founder of the Prince George Surgery Centre.

Dr. Dave Nelson

Dr. David Nelson is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He is a graduate of the medical school and Residency program at the University of British Columbia, where he focused on orthopedics. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Nelson furthered his specialization with a fellowship in Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Roger Purnell

Dr. Purnell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He received his degree in medicine from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom before completing his orthopedic training at the University of Alberta. Dr. Purnell holds fellowships in upper extremity surgery from the University of Western Ontario, hand and microvascular surgery from the University of Saskatchewan, and trauma surgery from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Paul van Zyl

Dr. Paul van Zyl is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, and completed his orthopedic training at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He practiced medicine in a training hospital in South Africa prior to arriving in Canada. He holds a fellowship in shoulder arthroscopy, earned in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is currently a board-certified orthopedic surgeon practicing at the University Hospital of Northern BC