Ron El‑Hawary

Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering

Scoliosis Research Society


Ron El-Hawary, MD, B.Eng, MSc, FRCS(C)
Phone: 902-470-7245
Fax: 902-470-7341

Our Group

Dr. El-Hawary is Chief of Orthopaedics at the IWK Health Centre and is Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University (Cross-appointments with the School of Biomedical Engineering and with the Division of Neurosurgery).   He is the Past Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Orthopaedic Examination Committee, Vice President of the Children's Spine Foundation, Vice President of the Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Group, and was Founding President of the Canadian Paediatric Spine Study Group.  Dr. El-Hawary is a Board Member of the Scoliosis Research Society and is a member of their Website and of their Growing Spine Committees.  He is a member of the Paediatric Orthopedic Society of North America Long Range Planning Committee and was a recent member of their Board of Directors.  Dr. El-Hawary continues as a member of the program committee for the International Congress of Early Onset Scoliosis Meeting.

Dr. El-Hawary's education consisted of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1994), Bachelor of Science in Medicine (1998), and Medical Doctorate (1998) all from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (2003) and his Master of Science in Medical Biophysics (2004) from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He received further education as an Edwards Fellow in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas (2005).  In 2006, he was chosen to be a Scoliosis Research Society Dawson Traveling Fellow and, in 2010, was selected to be a Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America European Traveling Fellow.  His clinical interests are varied, with the main focus being the correction of spinal deformity.  This includes the treatment of all forms of scoliosis, including early onset scoliosis (casting, growing rods, VEPTR, MAGEC, TROLLEY, posterior dynamic deformity correction - Apifix, vertebral body stapling - VBS, vertebral body tethering - VBT, and thoracoscopic techniques).  His research interests include scoliosis, Paediatric trauma, and radiostereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA).   Our research interests include scoliosis, paediatric trauma, and radiostereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA).  


Development of a Low-Dose Radiographic Imaging Technique for Assessment of Outcomes Following Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


Selected Publications

Early-Onset Scoliosis: Updated Treatment Techniques and Results. Hardesty CK, Huang RP, El-Hawary R, Samdani A, Hermida PB, Bas T, Balioğlu MB, Gurd D, Pawelek J, McCarthy R, Zhu F, Luhmann S; Growing Spine Committee of the Scoliosis Research Society.Spine Deform. 2018 Jul - Aug;6(4):467-472. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2017.12.012.
The reliability of radiostereometric analysis in determining physeal motion in slipped capital femoral epiphysis in standard uniplanar and low-dose EOS biplanar radiography: a phantom model study.Hurry JK, Rehan S, Spurway AJ, Laende EK, Astephen Wilson JL, Logan KJ, Dunbar MJ, El-Hawary R.J Pediatr Orthop B. 2018 May 14. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000516. [Epub ahead of print]
VEPTR Implantation to Treat Children with Early-Onset Scoliosis Without Rib Abnormalities: Early Results From a Prospective Multicenter Study. El-Hawary R, Kadhim M, Vitale M, Smith J, Samdani A, Flynn JM; Children’s Spine Study Group. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e599-e605.  
Alan J. Spurway, Jennifer K. Hurry, Luke Gauthier, Ben Orlik, Chukwudi K. Chukwunyerenwa, Waleed E. Kishta, Ron El-Hawary Three Dimensional True Spine Length:  A Novel Technique for Assessing the Outcomes of Scoliosis SurgeryJ Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e631-e637
Kathryn A. Birnie, Jill Chorney, Ron El-Hawary, PORSCHE Study Group Changeability of child and parent pain catastrophizing, and relations with child pain from pre- to post-surgery: Cross-sectional and longitudinal actor-partner effects. Pain. 2017 Oct; 158(10):1886-1892.
What is the Risk of Developing Proximal Junctional Kyphosis during Growth Friendly Treatments for Early-onset Scoliosis? El-Hawary R, Sturm P, Cahill P, Samdani A, Vitale M, Gabos P, Bodin N, d'Amato C, Harris C, Al Khudairy A, Smith JT.Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2017 Mar; 37(2):86-91  
Alan J. Spurway, Chukwudi K. Chukwunyerenwa, Waleed E. Kishta, Jennifer K. Hurry, Ron El-Hawary Sagittal Spine Length Measurement: A Novel Technique to Assess Growth of the Spine. Spine Deformity, 2016; 4(5): 331-337.