ISHA 2027 Annual Scientific Meeting - Host Destination Announced

International hip preservation society announces Ottawa as the destination for its 2027 Annual Scientific Meeting

Press Release May 2024

Dr Paul Beaulé: Local Host Chair of the 2027 Annual Scientific Meeting of ISHA - The Hip Preservation Society in Ottawa, CanadaDr Ernest Sink: Scientific Programme Chair of the 2027 Annual Scientific Meeting of ISHA - The Hip Preservation Society in Ottawa, Canada

ISHA – The Hip Preservation Society is delighted to announce that Ottawa, Canada will be the host city for its 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place on 5th to 9th October 2027. As the Society approaches its twentieth year, this Canadian debut of ISHA’s flagship annual congress is expected to draw in over 700 open and arthroscopic hip surgeons, sports physicians, rehabilitation experts and other allied health professionals for two-and-a-half days of learning, sharing and networking around the growing field of hip preservation.

Being easily accessible, walkable, welcoming, and highly sustainable, the Canadian capital is a natural fit to host the ISHA Annual Scientific Meeting. With a population of 1.25 million, Ottawa offers the compactness of a mid-sized town, whilst enjoying the buzz of being a national capital, along with the added benefit of a unique bilingual culture. The city is well served by Canadian, US and international airlines, with the award-winning International Airport being only 20 minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa. Travelling to Ottawa in one of its most beautiful seasons – the Fall – beyond the conference delegates will be able to enjoy a variety of attractions, including significant national museums and galleries, lively markets, and the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Local Host Chair Dr Paul E. Beaulé MD FAAOS FRCSC from the University of Ottawa said, “We are excited to welcome delegates to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, in 2027 for ISHA’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Located along the Outaouais river just across the Province of Québec, you will experience Canada’s rich bilingual heritage as well as be surrounded by an unparalleled outdoor experience of the Indian Summer.”

The selected venue for the Meeting is the Shaw Centre, a state-of-the-art function space that was named the “World’s Best Convention Centre” in 2021 by the International Association of Conference Centres (AIPC). As well as being perfectly equipped to house the Meeting, the Centre is conveniently located within walking distance of 6,000 hotel rooms and boasts panoramic views of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. With the venue holding a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification and a wealth of safe cycle and walking paths around the venue, the ISHA 2027 Annual Scientific Meeting will have a significant focus on sustainability and reduction of waste, in keeping with the Society’s broader goals.

On the scientific side, which will be led by Scientific Programme Chair Dr Ernest Sink MD of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (USA), the city is perfectly placed to welcome an international congress, being home to a vital health care ecosystem that includes internationally renowned health institutions and leading centres of medical research and learning. Ottawa is home to the most technology-intensive economy in Canada and is seen as a leader in the life sciences, with large numbers of experts engaged in government-run research and employed by multinational life sciences companies.

The ISHA Meeting, which will be attended by ISHA members and non-members from all over the world, will aim to build on the long tradition of the Ottawa Symposium on Joint Preserving and Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Hip to promote improved early screening, treatment, and outcomes for patients suffering from hip pain through knowledge sharing, collaboration and education within a multi-disciplinary environment, in particular working towards equitable access to healthcare services for all.

Dr Beaulé and his colleagues at the University of Ottawa are looking forward to the challenge of welcoming hip preservation experts, practitioners, trainees and researchers from around the world for a first-class educational and cultural experience. Dr George Grammatopoulous BSc MBBS DPhil FRCS summarised, “It is with great pleasure that we look forward to hosting you in Ottawa, Canada for ISHA 2027! Ottawa is built on un-ceded Anishinabe Algonquin territory. As the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa is one of the country’s most popular visitor destinations. We are excited to provide delegates with the opportunity to discover the beauty and culture we are known for. Ottawa is renowned for being a friendly location with fantastic tourist and outdoor adventure activities. We encourage you to join us for excellent science, engagement with the international hip community and, if possible, extend your stay an extra few days to enjoy all the city has to offer. We look forward to building on the successes of the upcoming ISHA meetings in Washington, Japan and Belgium. Thank you, Merci, Meegwetch.”

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ISHA – The Hip Preservation Society has been the creation of many individuals, each united by a common interest in the expanding arena of hip preservation. The Society was officially formed in Paris (France) in May 2008 with a focus on hip arthroscopic surgery, and its Founding Members represent but a few of the many individuals around the world who are interested in this evolving area of hip surgery. Over time, ISHA has gone from strength to strength, deciding in 2017 to expand the Society’s remit with a change in name to “The Hip Preservation Society”. ISHA now counts practitioners engaged in all areas of hip preservation, including open surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation, among its great fellowship of friends. In 2022 ISHA achieved charitable status in recognition of its undertaking to improve patient education, globalised learning and patient care through early screening to improve early disease diagnosis, supporting education, training and research in hip preservation surgery and rehabilitation. Find out more and join ISHA at