Dr. Boris Boyko

What is your role at the GSSMC?

I am a sport and exercise medicine consultant.

What is your academic rank at the U of A?

I am and associate clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

What did you study and where?

I was locally grown with my undergraduate studies in sciences. I studied Medicine at the University of Alberta and did my residency in Family Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Family Clinic. I did my Sport Medicine training on site with the former Edmonton Eskimo's football team under the guidance of Drs. R. Cherry and D. Reid. This allowed me to successfully challenge the the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine Exam in 1994. This has allowed me to hold a certificate of Added Competence in Sport and Exercise Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Along with the need for constant learning over the years I have been awarded the title of Fellow of the College of Family Physicians.

What is your clinical specialty?

As a Family Physician I used to encounter all ages and difficulties in my previous practice. My concentration in Sport Medicine allows the same range of issues to be encountered, from the young athlete to the "older athlete" with the various maladies they encounter. I find it a very rewarding challenge to identify and treat problems of musculoskeletal nature.

What teams did you work with (now and in the past) and in what capacity?

From 1988 I have been involved with the Edmonton Football club as a team physician.

From 1994 to 2001 I was ionvolved as a team physician with the Edmonton Oilers.

I have been involved with the Golden Bears Volleyball team for many years.

Site medical director for the IAAF championships held in Edmonton at the Commonwealth Stadium.
Liason MD for Churchill Cup Rugby.

Team Physician for Team, Canada Rugby when the team was training in Edmonton.

What are the highlights of your sport medicine career?

Winning the GREY CUP is the pinnacle of the football season and I have been very fortunate to have been involved with the Edmonton Football team for many years from the highs to the lows. While each time the team wins the GREY CUP is a joyous event, the first one in which I was involved was the 1993 GREY CUP.

Do you have any specific research interests?

Having been a Family Physician for many years in addition to practicing Sport Medicine, my time attending to the well being of my patients did not allow for any research to be done.

Have you received any awards or accolades?

Being a preceptor for many years during my family practice has allowed me to see a number of young and successfull physicians graduate from the program and in some fashion I would like to think I was helpful in their ability to understand MSK problems. These young physician's words of thanks were the awards that matter to me.
The AHS has awarded me a long service award for 35 years of service and this year will mark 40 years of medical service to the City of Edmonton and surrounding community.

What days do you work at the GSSMC?

I am usually at the clinc on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 am to 2:30 pm

What is your favourite way to stay active?

Bicycle riding and gardening now (as my age is getting up there). The Edmonton river valley is delightful and especially in the fall with the splash of colour and earthy smells.

What is a fun fact about you that may surprise others?

That I achieved a Black Belt status in Tae Kwon Do.

Team Affiliations
  • Edmonton Eskimos
  • Golden Bears volleyball