About Dr. Anthony J. Costa

Dr. Anthony J. Costa is an FRCSC certified orthopaedic surgeon with sub-specialty interest in knee and shoulder related conditions, as well as experience managing most other general orthopedic problems. Dr. Costa has extensive operative experience with single- and multi-ligament knee reconstruction, patella realignment surgery, osteotomies of the femur and tibia, meniscal repair and transplant, cartilage restorative procedures, primary knee/hip arthroplasty, as well as rotator cuff-related surgery and procedures for shoulder instability.

Dr. Costa graduated from the University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine in 2006, and completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of British Columbia from 2006-2011. From 2011-2012 he undertook further subspecialty fellowship training in orthopaedic knee-related surgery and lower extremity trauma at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. From 2012-2021, he worked at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George BC, practicing general orthopaedics, with a focus on both simple and complex knee related conditions, as well as general orthopaedics and orthopaedic trauma. During his years in Prince George, Dr. Costa also worked closely with his practice partner and wife, Dr. Denise Mackey (an orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in shoulder reconstruction), to hone his skills in shoulder reconstruction. From 2022-2023, Dr. Costa worked as a locum orthopaedic surgeon at South Health Campus in Calgary, with a focus on shoulder reconstruction and general orthopaedic trauma.

Dr. Costa is fully licensed to practice in both Alberta and British Columbia, and holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia.

Having graduated from the Harvard Medical School Surgical Leadership Program in 2022, Dr. Costa is also passionate about quality improvement and transformational change in orthopaedic care delivery.

Outside of orthopaedics, Dr. Costa enjoys spending time with his family and taking advantage of the many outdoor opportunities available in BC and Alberta, including hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, surfing, skiing/snowboarding, and of course plenty of hockey!

For BC Residents:
Please be advised that I, Dr. Anthony J. Costa, hereby certify that I am un-enrolled from the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), effective February 12th, 2023, in accordance with the provision for such an election under section 13 of the Medicare Protection Act.

In accordance with the above, fees for services provided by myself to BC residents are the responsibility of the patient directly, and not the BC government. Patients will not be entitled to seek reimbursement for my fees from MSP. Patients should also be aware of the following implications for un-enrolled physicians and their patients:
1. For services provided in most community clinics and offices, the Medicare Protection
Act (MPA) does not limit the amount that can be charged by de-enrolled physicians.
o If a de-enrolled physician intends to require their patients to pay the costs of a service,
they must inform the patient, prior to rendering the service:
i) that the patient will be required to pay the cost directly;
ii) the amount the patient will be required to pay; and
iii) that the amount the patient pays will not be reimbursed by the Medical Services
Plan (MSP).
2. De-enrolled physicians can order laboratory tests. However, laboratory services referred
by a de-enrolled physicians are not payable by MSP. Patients are responsible for those
costs and are not eligible for reimbursement from MSP because the service is not
considered a benefit.
3. De-enrolled physicians can order diagnostic services such as x-rays and ultrasound.
However, patients are responsible for the costs of diagnostic services ordered by a de-
enrolled physician and are not eligible for reimbursement from MSP.
4. De-enrolled physicians can refer patients to medical specialists. Beneficiary patients
referred to enrolled specialists by de-enrolled physicians may be charged privately for the
difference between the specialist fee and the family practice visit fee.

For Alberta Resident:
I, Dr. Anthony J. Costa, remain fully enrolled in the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP), however, consultations provided by myself to Alberta residents at Acumen Clinic Calgary are intended for the sole purpose of providing a medical opinion regarding the appropriateness for out-of-province orthopaedic surgery and/or third party covered surgeries, and to discuss the pros and cons of the available options with patients who have chosen to pursue this route. This service is NOT covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and Acumen Health therefore charges patients a fee for this service. Patients are not entitled to seek reimbursement from the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan for this service. Patients should be aware that a referral from Acumen Health to the Alberta public health care system will only be made in the case of an emergent or urgent medical need.

Dr. Anthony J. Costa

Memberships and Affiliations

Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA)

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)

Alberta Medical Association (AMA)

Doctors of BC (DoBC)



Harvard Medical School- Surgical Leadership Program

University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)- Fellowship in Orthopaedic Knee Surgery and Lower Extremity Trauma

University of British Columbia- Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

University of Western Ontario- Doctor of Medicine

University of Western Ontario- Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences


Achievements & Awards

Rural Leadership Development Program/ Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) scholarship June 1, 2021

Joint Collaborative Committees Leadership Training Scholarship (partnership between Doctors of BC and the BC government); Apri1, 2021

Enhancing Access Initiative/ Specialist Services Committee and Shared Care Committee- PHASE 2 GRANT (for developing a central intake model for orthopaedics in Northern BC); May 29, 2020 – Mar 31, 2021

Enhancing Access Initiative/ Specialist Services Committee and Shared Care Committee- PHASE 1 GRANT (for developing a central intake model for orthopaedics in Northern BC); Mar 4, 2020 – Jun 4, 2020

AAOS Podium Presentation- Costa AJ, Patel S, Slobogean G, Travlos A, Mulpuri K, Goetz T; Contribution of FPL to Pinch Strength: An In-Vivo Study; Podium Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, Feb 2011.

Best Resident Research Presentation- Contribution of FPL to Pinch Strength: An In-Vivo Study; Orthopaedic Update Annual Meeting (Resident Research Day), May 2011 UBC

Mental Health Services Grant- Canadian Federation of Medical Students, 2004

Summer Research Scholarship- Primary Care, Radboud University, The Netherlands, 2003

Summer Research Scholarship- Biochemistry; Australian National University; Canberra, Australia; 2001

Ontario Hockey Association Bursary for Medical Studies, London Ontario, 2000


Hospital Affiliations

University of British Columbia- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

Alberta Health Services- Assist Privileges (Calgary Zone), Department of Surgery, Section of Orthopaedics

Services Offered

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