Maureen Finnegan, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Health℠.
Dr. Finnegan has more than 30 years of experience with orthopaedic patients from all walks of life. As a result, she has “a thorough understanding of the entire specialty of orthopedic surgery,” she says.
Dr. Finnegan treats pediatric patients with hemophilia. Because hemophilia patients’ blood doesn’t clot normally, these children bleed spontaneously, often within joints like the knee. The blood irritates the joint lining, or synovium, making it even more prone to bleeding in the future. The end result can be arthritis at an early age.
In the past, surgeons recommended that these children undergo an operation called an open synovectomy. “The problem is these patients got incredibly stiff, and they usually re-bled around the site of surgery,” she says.
So Dr. Finnegan took another approach. She conducted one of the world’s first studies showing that doing a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure to perform the synovectomy is not only safe and effective for children with hemophilia, but it also allows them better range of motion in the joint.
Dr. Finnegan and her colleagues have presented their results at meetings all over the world. Most of these procedures are now performed with the arthroscope.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of British Columbia (1974)
- St Marys Hospital (1975), Rotating
- The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus (1981), General Surgery
Boston Children's Hospital (1977), General Surgery
Ottawa Civic Hospital (1976), Orthopaedic Surgery
- The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus (1982), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
- Board Certification
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Acute Pelvic Fracture
Departments and Programs
- Sports Injuries
- The Effect of Smoking on Tibial Shaft Fracture Healing, M. Finnegan, M. Schmitz, R. Natarajan, and J. Champine Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research 1999 Volume 365 184
- Symposium on Injury Prevention, M. Finnegan, Guest Editor Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research April 2003