The Kirkley Award was established in 2012 in Lake Como to honor Sandy Kirkley, MD, MSc, FRCSC,
an AOSSM/ESSKA Traveling Fellow in 2002. It is awarded to the largest group of Fellows from one tour,
who attend the Magellan Meeting.
Sandy (Crawford) Kirkley had taught orthopaedic surgery at Western University and practiced at the Fowler-Kennedy
Sports Medicine Clinic, specializing in shoulder and knee injuries. In addition, she chaired the Ontario Medical
Association’s sport medicine section. The Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, which hosts
Western University’s Bone and Joint Institute, operates from the sixth floor of Lindros Legacy Research building
adjacent to University Hospital. It aims to investigate the causes of musculoskeletal conditions and help
patients regain movement, mobility, and participation in daily life. Certainly, that’s an area of study and research
that will be increasingly important as Canada’s elderly demographic grows.