Dr. de SA is an orthopaedic surgeon from Hamilton, Ontario whose clinical scope includes adult and paediatric sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and trauma. He has a special interest in complex knee reconstruction.
He completed both his medical and orthopaedic surgical residency training at McMaster University. He completed a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery Fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Freddie H. Fu and Volker Musahl at the University of Pittsburgh. In this latter role, he acquired extensive experience as Assistant Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and worked collaboratively with the medical teams for the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) and the University of Pittsburgh collegiate athletics. He is currently the Associate Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Hamilton Forge FC (Canadian Premier League), and an Assistant Team Physician with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Moreover, Darren has completed young adolescent and paediatric trauma subspecialty training at Western University in London, Ontario, and is concurrently pursuing adult musculoskeletal trauma training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Darren has contributed to a productive research program focused on outcomes research in adult/paediatric trauma and athletic injuries/non-arthritic conditions of the knee, shoulder and hip. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and has delivered several podium and poster presentations on the national and international stage. Most recently, he served as Assistant Editor for the joint JISAKOS/ESSKA "Basic Methods Handbook for Clinical Orthopaedic Research: A Practical Guide and Case-Based Research Approach", and serves on the Editorial Boards for KSSTA and Arthroscopy. Dr. de SA has a passion for medical education as well, and has been recognized at the institutional and national level for his contributions in this realm. He remains an active member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sport Medicine, International Quadriceps Tendon Interest Group, and the Arthroscopy Association of Canada.