Honorary Fellowships

The highest honour that the BOA can confer, Honorary Fellowships are awarded to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to trauma and orthopaedics, both nationally and internationally. Candidates for Honorary Fellowships are considered annually by a Board comprising the last five BOA Presidents, and chaired by the most senior. The Board nominates potential recipients to the BOA Council for a final decision – up to four Honorary Fellowships may be awarded annually, and the award takes the form of a parchment certificate that is presented to recipients by the President at the annual BOA Congress.

2016 Honorary Fellows

Professor Frank Burke

Frank Burke graduated from Newcastle and completed his orthopaedic training in Oswestry with six-month hand surgery fellowships in Derby, Louisville and Iowa City. He was appointed a hand surgeon in Derby in 1978 and Professor of Hand Surgery in July 1996. Frank developed a Diploma of Hand Therapy and, with others, the and Society Manchester Instructional Courses and was the external assessor for the Hand Society’s Diploma in Hand Surgery.
He is currently archivist of the International Federation and was awarded the title of Pioneer in Hand Surgery. The Derby Hand Surgery Service is currently staffed by nine full-time hand surgeons drawn from plastic surgery and orthopaedics.

Professor Frank Burke
Stephen Cannon MBE

A native of Sheffield, Stephen Cannon studied medicine at Trinity College Cambridge and Middlesex Hospital qualifying in 1974. He commenced a surgical career, initially in obstetrics, and after junior posts in other surgical specialties gained FRCS in 1978. He returned to the surgical rotation at Middlesex Hospital which incorporated exposure to orthopaedics with Rodney Sweetnam and Michael Edgar. He was appointed Senior Registrar on the Middlesex/Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotation in 1981 and soon developed an interest in musculoskeletal oncology and knee surgery. Stephen was fortunate to be exposed to some of the world leaders in orthopaedics at that time particularly by working with George Bentley, Tony Catterall and the late Lorden Trickey.
He went to the US as a Johnson and Johnson Fellow and was appointed to the RNOH as consultant in 1988. He has developed, with his colleagues, both the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Unit and the Joint Reconstruction Unit at Stanmore which work closely to the Biomechanical Engineering Dept. of University College London.
Stephen was awarded MBE in 2016.

Stephen Cannon MBE
Professor Charles Court-Brown

Charles Court-Brown graduated with a BSc in Zoology from Aberdeen and an MBChB from Edinburgh. His surgical training was in Edinburgh with a Spinal fellowship in Toronto in 1984/85 in a Level I Trauma Centre. He was very impressed by the non-British approach to trauma and returned to Edinburgh as Senior Lecturer with a major interest in trauma. He contributed to much of the early work on tibial intramedullary nailing and then worked with Margaret McQueen studying the treatment and outcomes of the common fractures. Charles also developed a major interest in open fractures and helped Edinburgh become one of the first orthoplastic units in the UK.
In the mid-1990s, Charles realised that fracture epidemiology was easily studied in Edinburgh as there was only one hospital treating trauma. Since then he has concentrated mainly on epidemiology, social deprivation and fractures in the elderly.

Professor Charles Court-Brown
Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie was a DGH Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon in Forth Valley, Central Scotland for 24 years. During that time his practice was in the generality of T&O with an interest in the upper limb. Other interests included surgical training and education. He was on the AO Faculty for the Principles Course for a number of years. He convened Training the Trainer courses for RCSEd both in the UK and internationally. In 2000, he was elected to the Council of the College. Ian was Director of Surgical Training at the College from 2005 to 2009 when he was elected Vice President.
He was elected President of the College from 2012-2015. He now leads the development of the RCSEd International Surgical Fellowship Programme to support International surgeons who wish to come to the UK for up to two years to enhance their skills and understanding in a surgical discipline.

Ian Ritchie