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!
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
University of British Columbia- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics
Alberta Health Services- Assist Privileges (Calgary Zone), Department of Surgery, Section of Orthopaedics