After two months of living with severe back and right leg pain, and finding no relief in sight, Terry Bergeron found himself in the Emergency Department at The Scarborough Hospital. There, the on-call physician referred him to Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Grant. Within 48 hours of meeting Dr. Grant, Terry not only had his diagnosis, but was operated on.
“The next day, I felt like a million bucks,” Terry says. “I was discharged early because I felt great and wanted to get home. I was wheeled in there by ambulance, and within a few days, I walked out of there feeling 100 per cent better. The surgery was excellent and the people at The Scarborough Hospital are more than excellent.”
While Terry’s case was far from unique, Dr. Grant is nevertheless no stranger to solving the mysteries of the human body. When he was only six years old, he came home from school one day and told his father he wanted to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.
“I was always drawn to fixing bones; no idea why. I had one of those Visible Man Anatomy Models, where you place all the bones and organs in the chest cavity,” Dr. Grant recalls. “It came with a little book explaining all the systems, and when I got to the bone page, I had memorized the name of every bone in the body by the time I was seven.”
Fast-forward to the present day, and Dr. Grant is coming up on his sixth year at TSH, following his education and training in London, Ottawa, Kingston and, finally, Toronto.
“I love working here. The night-time OR runs like no other hospital, and I’ve been to a lot in my time,” Dr. Grant says. “The cases just get done here like there’s no tomorrow; I see volume here in one night that would take other hospitals four or five days. That’s mainly because the nurses prep patients and get them in and out efficiently.”
Dr. Grant has seen many advances in his subspecialty in spine.
“I am intrigued by the advances in minimally invasive spinal surgery, which we don’t currently do here at TSH,” he explains. “We’re waiting for more resources and equipment, but it would be pretty exciting to work with state-of-the-art spinal instrumentation and techniques.”
With a passion for mind puzzles, Dr. Grant has mastered Rubik’s Cubes.
“I can do the 2 x 2, the 3 x 3, the 4 x 4—otherwise known as Rubik’s Revenge—and the 5 x 5—known as The Professor,” he says. “There is a Rubik’s 6 x 6 and 7 x 7 that I have not conquered; those cubes are only available in the U.K., but I’m contemplating getting them.”
Married with two children and a third on the way, Dr. Grant has recently had to ‘retire’ a bit from his other pastime—hockey.
“After dislocating my shoulder for a third time, I am building up the courage to go back on the ice again,” he says.