Plenary Speakers

Tuesday Plenary Speakers

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Howard Steel Lecture

Nicky Moffat, Former Army Officer

Nicky Moffat was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier. In almost thirty years of service she held a range of personnel, administration and leadership roles. Joining the Army as a second lieutenant, Nicky rose quickly through the ranks of the Adjutant General's Corps to the rank of Brigadier. With women excluded from serving on the front line, Nicky served in various support, training and administration roles specialising in leadership duties. As Company Commander in the Army Training Regiment, Nicky lead a team of instructors responsible for the induction of recruits into the Army before moving into management and training for all Army Land Forces across the world. She worked at the Ministry of Defence where as well as strategy, policy and finance roles, she worked as Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Defence Geoff Hoon. She formulated and communicated the Government agenda on defence, including on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone.

Throughout her career, Nicky has led diverse groups in an organisation both steeped in tradition but subject to rapid and significant changes of policy, technology and resources. She has taken leading roles in administration, planning and training including instructing officers in the art of leadership. She gives a perspective on the role of strong leadership in driving inclusive change and optimum performance. As well as leadership, Nicky also addresses training, career development, and women in leadership roles and in organisations more generally. She advised Army Board members on the retention and progression of female talent and now offers practical advice for employers who are looking to attract, develop and retain diversity of talent. After leaving the Army she has worked to bring her leadership and talent expertise to the private sector, and was also one of the instructor/assessors on BBC2’s Secret Agent Selection: WW2 which saw members of the public undergo the Special Operations Executive recruitment process of the 1940s.


Wednesday Plenary Speakers

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Presidential Guest Lecturer

Professor Per Kjærsgaard-Andersen, MD, President, EFORT

Professor Kjaersgaard-Andersen is currently a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and the Head of Section for Hip and Knee Replacement in the Department of Orthopaedics at Vejle Hospital in Denmark. He is also an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and regularly lectures medical students at Vejle Hospital and at South Danish University.

Professor Kjaersgaard-Andersen graduated from Aarhus University in 1982 with a license to practice medicine in Denmark, and in 1995 was certified as an Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist by the Danish National Board of Health. His area of speciality is hip replacement with a particular interest in non-cemented primary total hip replacements, conservative hip surgery in younger patients and complicated revision total hip replacement with big bone loss.

He has been a co-opted member of the EFORT Executive Committee since 2007 and was Chairman of the local organising committee of the 12th Annual EFORT Congress 2011. He is Past-President of the Danish Orthopaedic Society, Secretary General in EFORT from 2012-2016 and is the current President of EFORT. Since 2008 he has been Chairman of the National Board of Health task group concerning specialist planning in orthopaedic surgery.

Professor Kjaersgaard-Andersen has to date published 112 Medline indexed scientific articles in international peer reviewed medical journals. He has given over 600 presentations at national and international meetings.

In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Orthopaedics Today Europe as well as reviewer and editorial board member for a number of other renowned orthopaedic journals.

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Robert Jones Lecture

Professor John Skinner 

John is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

He is a hip and knee replacement surgeon and is the Clinical lead for Joint Replacement and also the Director of Research at Stanmore.

In 2004 he was awarded the ABC (American, British, Canadian) Travelling Fellowship. He jointly established the London Implant Retrieval Centre in 2007, which has collected 8000 failed orthopaedic implants and has published 130 papers on this subject. He provided clinical leadership on metal bearing hips during difficult times for patients and surgeons and chaired the British Orthopaedic Association and MHRA Expert Advisory Committees on Metal bearing hips for 10 years. In 2012 he gave evidence and advised the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) USA on matters related to Metal on metal bearing hips. In 2012 he gave the Presidential Guest Lecture of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting San Diego 2012, on metal bearing hips.

He has served as President of the British Hip Society. He currently acts as the Honorary Treasurer of the BOA and sits on the NICE guideline committee on joint replacement surgery. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journal and reviews papers for seven journals worldwide.

He is married with 3 children.


Thursday Plenary Speakers

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Sir Walter Mercer Lecture

James Hunter 

James Hunter is a Paediatric Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he has been a consultant since 1995.  He trained at Trinity College, Oxford and at King’s College Hospital (University of London).  His trauma and orthopaedic training was in London, at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, in Nottingham, at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital and at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.  He undertook specialist paediatric orthopaedic training as National Fellow in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in 1995.

He is a past President of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery and was the chairman of the AO International Expert Group for Paediatrics from 1997 to 2016.

He publishes a bit (not too much), teaches quite a lot and takes an interest in the organisation of training serving on the T&O Specialist Advisory Committee for five years.  He was responsible for the national recruitment of registrars over the last three years.

He enjoys a round of golf and village cricket.  As a student he particularly enjoyed drama and revue, appearing on the fringe of the Edinburgh Festival and writing several hospital shows, but now finds the only opportunity for performance is to the meetings of learned societies.


Revalidation and Session Speakers

Tuesday Speakers

Global Orthopaedics Session - 8:30 - 10:00

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Prof Phil Turner

President, British Orthopaedic Association

Professor Philip Turner has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK since 1990.  He is the Senior Surgeon in the department and specialises in all aspects of knee surgery having established a tertiary referral unit for complex knee problems.
His clinical interests are in sports injuries of the knee, complex knee ligament reconstructions, the arthritic knee in younger patients, disorders of the patello-femoral joint and the failed knee replacement.

He is a Council and Executive member of the BOA and President from 2018 to 2019.  He has previously been the North West Orthopaedic Training Programme Director, Head of the HENW School of Surgery, Chair of the Confederation of Post-Graduate Schools of Surgery and Chair of the BOA Training Standards and Curriculum Committee.
He has been involved in surgical education throughout his career and has been the Chair of the IQA Committee of the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations.  He was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCS Edinburgh in 2016.

He is active in promoting research and service delivery in his previous role as a domain clinical lead in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Chair of the Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance. He is now clinical lead for the transformation of specialist services in Greater Manchester and holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.

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James Berwin

James is a registrar on the Severn rotation and current chairperson of the World Orthopaedic Concern-UK (WOC-UK) trainee committee. He is also the WOC-UK representative on the British Orthopaedic Trainee Association (BOTA) committee.

He first got involved with overseas work as a CT2. James was awarded one of the WOC-UK travelling grants which helped pay for a trip to Laos with Steve Mannion doing Club Foot work. For the first time, he saw Orthopaedics through a different lens. He had the opportunity to teach and learn in a variety of overseas settings and has found each experience educationally enriching.

He has worked to help create opportunities for trainees who want to get involved with Orthopaedics in low- and middle-income countries; he has also lobbied the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) to change policy on study leave and Work Based Assessments (WBAs) relating to short trips, and is currently in the process of streamlining the process for matching trainees with suitable projects, and encouraging academic links with Orthopaedic trainees overseas.

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Professor Chris Lavy

Chris Lavy is professor of Orthopaedics and Tropical Surgery at Oxford, a fellow at Green Templeton College and an honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals. His first consultant post was at The Middlesex Hospital and UCL in London, then in 1996 he moved to Malawi where he was professor at the new medical school there for 10 years. He has been a council member and trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was a commissioner in the recent Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and his passion is capacity building in surgery in Africa.  He was instrumental in setting up a College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999.  He has also set up orthopaedic hospitals in Malawi and Zambia and is currently working with Ministry of Health colleagues in Zimbabwe to build an orthopaedic hospital in Bulawayo.  He qualified from UCL and Barts and supports Chelsea and Norwich.

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Dr. Wilson Li

Dr. Wilson Li who specialises in sports medicine and orthopaedic traumatology is a consultant surgeon and the Chief of Service in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Hong Kong’s largest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dr. Li graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong in 1989 and was elected surgical Fellow of both Royal Colleges at Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1994. He was an AO International Trauma Fellow in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1997. After overseas sports medicine fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre and the New York Hospital for Special Surgery in the US, he became an expert in sports related injuries as well as surgery around the knee and the shoulder. He teaches extensively in trauma and arthroscopy courses around the world, and is an active member of the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine ( ISAKOS ) and the International Cartilage Repair Society ( ICRS ). He has worked as the Chairman of the Education Commission of the Asian Federation of Sports Medicine, and of the Education Committee of AO Trauma Asia-Pacific. He is the founding President of the Sports Medicine Chapter at the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Assocation. Dr. Li has worked as volunteer surgeon for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and has initiated the Bridge the Gap project at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). He is also the President-elect of the Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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Prof Ged Byrne

Surgical oncologist and Director of global engagement , Higher Education England.

Professor Byrne is responsible for the enhancement of the NHS workforce through engagement with countries within and outside the EEA. He is a Professor of Medical Education at the UoM and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

In his roles as director of Education and Quality for Health Education North West and director of Education and Quality for HHE North, he has led nationally for HEE on population health and prevention, patient safety and academic development.

He has a long-standing interest in global healthcare capacity building and education, leading the development of the GuluMan healthcare link and is the founder director of the Uganda-UK Healthcare Alliance. He passionately believes that education must be globalised for all NHS staff if they are to offer a fit for purpose role in the future of healthcare in the UK.  


WOC Revalidation Session - 10:30 - 12:00

Jim Turner

Alongside his role as a clinical fellow in the department of global surgery, Jim Turner is a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bristol Children’s Hospital and a Surgeon in the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). He returned in 2017 from an 18 month stint working as a Surgeon in CURE Children’s Charity Hospital in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

After graduating from Edinburgh University, he was awarded a commission with the British Army and served in the 2003 Iraq war as a Regimental Medical Officer of the Parachute Regiment. This experience was instrumental in him developing a passion for humanitarian healthcare and gaining a post-graduate qualification in medical care for catastrophes.

During his Orthopaedic training, he spent time working in South African mission hospitals, performed free surgery camps in India and completed a 1-year Orthopaedic fellowship at CURE Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital in Malawi. A second paediatric orthopaedic fellowship was carried out at the Sick Kid’s Hospital in Toronto Canada. He was also awarded a 12-month contract with the World Health Organisation based in Geneva where he worked as a clinical advisor in a team developing global trauma guidelines.

He now works as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the regional Children’s Hospital in Bristol and on behalf of ICRC he directs regular clubfoot training in addition to helping develop national clubfoot programmes around the world.


Wednesday Speakers

BOSTAA Revalidation Session - 08:30 - 12:00

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Fazal Ali

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon , Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Fazal Ali has a special interest in sports injuries to the knee. He trained in Sheffield with a Knee Fellowship in Newcastle and a short Trauma Fellowship in New York. In 2017 he was honoured with the BASK Ambassador award to visit Boston USA to help set up a regional center for the management of ACL injuries in children. He is a former Deputy TPD for South Yorkshire and is presently the Academic Secretary of BOSTAA.
He has published his work, written chapters and given invited lectures on training issues and knee surgery both nationally and internationally. He has co-edited ‘Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics’ which is a best-selling orthopaedic text and has recently been launched in Chinese . He is the founder in 2007 of the largest clinical examination course worldwide: The Chesterfield and Sheffield FRCS Clinical course. He has also organised the clinical examination course for the BOA for the last 7 years.
Fazal was voted ‘South Yorkshire Orthopaedic Trainer of the Year’ on five occasions. He was given a life-time award for training by the South Yorkshire training scheme in 2012. In 2011 and 2012 he was shortlisted by BOTA as one of the top trainers in the UK. In 2017 he was honoured by the South Yorkshire Orthopaedic Training Rotation by the creation of an annual award: The ‘Fazal Ali Award for Academic Excellence’. In 2018 He was voted as ‘Trainer of the Year’ again, this time for East Midlands.

He serves as an examiner for the Intercollegiate Board in the FRCS(Tr&Orth) examinations and is the Head od Section 1 in T&O. In 2017 he has been elected to the panel of international examiners. Mr Ali also serves on the board of examiners in other countries including the West Indies

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Deiary Kader

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon , South West London Orthopaedic Centre

Professor Kader is an accomplished knee surgeon, researcher, academic, educationalist, humanitarian and a specialist surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He is a fellowship trained knee and sport medicine surgeon with an extensive experience in knee ligament reconstruction, primary/revision knee arthroplasty, multilligament reconstruction and patellofemoral joint instability. After completing orthopaedic training in Scotland and knee fellowship in Sydney/Australia and Newcastle in 2005, he was invited to accept a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon post at the QEH NHS trust in Gateshead and to become a team doctor for Newcastle United football club. This gave him an opportunity to care for professional athletes and obtain the membership of the faculty of sport and exercise medicine in the UK.

In August 2015 he was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in knee surgery at the Academic Surgical Firm, South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) where he works very closely with professor Richard Field and his team.
He is also a visiting professor in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in Northumbria University and oversees the academic activates at the academic surgical unit at SWLEOC/Epsom.  In the past 10 years he has developed an extensive interest in research and postgraduate training and published more than 99 scientific papers, book chapters and articles. He is editor in chief of two journals and associate editor of many prestigious national and international journals. He has recently become a member of the intercollegiate exam board and the AAC for the RCS England.

Since 2010 he has been dedicating a significant amount of his time for humanitarian work with NGMV medical charity (www.ngmvcharity.co.uk) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/middle-east/lebanon).

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Neil Jain

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Penine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Neil graduated from the University of Southampton School of Medicine in 2003 and completed my Basic Surgical Training Scheme in Plymouth in 2007. He was a Specialist Trainee Registrar on the North West Rotation around Manchester, gaining my FRCS Tr & Orth in 2012. Having completed my Fellowship in Reconstructive Arthroscopy & Sports Injuries at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, he returned to Manchester to commence a Consultant post with a focus on soft tissue knee and shoulder surgery with a high volume arthroscopic practice that includes a high percentage of sports trauma. Neil have a number of publications and presentations related to arthroscopy and sports injuries. I have recently become an Honorary Senior Lecturer with The University of Salford, gained the FIFA Football Medicine Diploma and continue to develop my research interest in human performance and injury prevention. He has enrolled with the International Olympic Committee to undertake their diploma of Sports Medicine. He is active with local teaching and is the module lead for the FRCS Revision Module for the North West Deanery. Within sport Neil work with a number of sports including elite football, including the English Football Association and National Team, a number of professional football clubs and other sports including world championship Boxing, Cycling, Combat Sports and Rugby. Neil is also the current Honorary Treasurer of BOSTAA. 

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Carlos Cobiella

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College of London Hospital

Carlos Cobiella grew up in Spain and graduated from Medical School at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. He moved to London where he completed his Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He became interested in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and had further training in this area under the care of Messrs Bayley, Calvert and Lambert at the Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the RNOH and Professor Birch at the Peripheral Nerve Injury.

He is a Consultant Shoulder & Elbow and Sports Surgeon at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. He is founding member of The Shoulder Practice, Head of the Upper Limb Section of the Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health at UCL. He collaborates closely with the English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics, the British Olympic Association and professional sports teams. He was part of the medical team at the London 2012 Olympics and is the NFL Upper Limb Surgeon in Europe.
He enjoys all aspects of Shoulder and Elbow surgery, including the treatment of Sports injuries, arthritis and fractures and has a keen interest in arthroscopic techniques. He is a member of faculty in numerous courses in Arthroscopic and Sports Injury Surgery, both national and international. He directly supervises the training of medical students, junior doctors, a UCH Shoulder and Elbow Fellow and is convenor for the London Shoulder Meeting. Carlos continues to publish and present research for advances in surgical techniques regularly

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Toby Smith

Senior Researcher in Rehabilitation, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Oxford

Dr Toby Smith is Senior Researcher in Rehabilitation at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford. He is also a Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich.

Toby's clinical and research interests centre on the management of older people with musculoskeletal disorders. He has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of people with hip/knee osteoarthritis, following lower limb joint replacement, and the management of people with complex care needs who experience hip fracture.
Toby's methodological expertise are in the conduct and reporting of clinical trials, as a team member for a number of national, multi-centre trials, investigating both surgical and non-surgical interventions for people with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Additional, he has expertise in systematic reviews (meta-analysis/meta-ethnography) and epidemiology, focusing on longitudinal data analyses of national cohorts. He has published over 250 peer-review publications.
In addition to his role at NDORMS, Toby is Associate Editor of The Knee journal. He is currently the OMERACT-OARSI Fellow for the Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Update Working Group. Toby regularly peer-reviews for a number of international academic journals, as well as funding organisations including the National Institute of Health Research and Arthritis Research UK.

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Jonathan Hutt

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College of London Hospital

Jonathan is a consultant surgeon at UCLH where he works as part of the hip reconstruction unit with a strong focus on non-arthritic hip pathology.  After graduating from Oxford and Imperial College in 2003, he undertook orthopaedic training on the South West Thames rotation and fellowship training in Montreal and London. He was appointed as a consultant at St George’s in 2015 where he worked as part of the complex arthroplasty unit as well as establishing a hip preservation service, before moving to UCLH in 2019. He specialises in all aspects of hip surgery, from joint preservation techniques including periacetabular osteotomy and hip arthroscopy through to primary and revision hip replacement. 

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Andrew Legg

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham

Andrew completed my orthopaedic registrar training in Yorkshire in 2015. He then undertook two specialist knee fellowships. The first was an international sports orthopaedic fellowship at the UniSports Medicine Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. The second was a prestigious UK knee fellowship with Tim Spalding and Pete Thompson at The University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, where he gained experience and knowledge in a variety of knee reconstruction procedures including meniscal allograft transplant (MAT).

Andrew was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon in Rotherham, South Yorkshire in 2016. He specialise in orthopaedic knee surgery, with a specific interest in sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, osteotomy and partial and total knee replacement, and have recently set up a meniscal allograft transplant (MAT) service in Rotherham.

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Graham Tytherleigh-Strong

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge

Graham Tytherleigh-Strong is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Shoulder & Elbow surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Cambridge University. He has an interest in all aspects of arthroscopic shoulder surgery and particularly in primary and revision instability surgery. He also has a particular interest in sternoclavicular joint injuries and sternoclavicular joint arthroscopy.
Graham lectures and instructs nationally and internationally on Shoulder Injuries & Surgery and on Sports Injuries. He is published widely in medical journals and is actively involved in clinical research.
He routinely treats and sees sportsmen of all levels ranging from recreational to elite level athletes. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK).

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Joanne Banks

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals

Jo is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon with specialist interests in sports knee surgery and complex lower limb trauma. She trained at Liverpool Medical School and completed her surgical training in the Mersey region. She has also completed an MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering from the University of Cardiff. She works at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, a large city centre teaching hospital and tertiary referral centre.
She is passionate about education and is an Honorary Lecturer with the University of Liverpool. She is a regular faculty member on national and international courses and is the the Education Director for the Mersey Orthopaedic and Trauma Training Programme.
Outside of work Jo loves most sports, enjoys being out in the fells and is an avid Newcastle United fan. She is the Chief Medical Officer for British Judo, travelling with the squad to competitions all over the World. She is looking forward to being part of Team GB for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where Judo will be coming home.

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Prof Fares Haddad

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College of London Hospital

Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include joint preservation after trauma and sports injuries, bearing surfaces, implant fixation, periprosthetic infection and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision surgery.  His broader work also encompasses strategies to preserve and regain musculoskeletal health; he led the musculoskeletal team at the London Olympics 2012, was instrumental in setting up the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine and has recently been awarded International Olympic Committee Centre of Excellence status at ISEH.


Other achievements:    

He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards.  He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005. He is a member of the Hip Society, the Knee Society and of the International Hip Society.
He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip, knee and sports surgery including over 300 peer reviewed publications. He leads a clinical research group with interests in joint preservation after injury, the genetic influences on bone and tendon disease, prosthetic design and performance and outcomes measurement after hip / knee injury, degeneration and surgery. He is Editor in Chief of the Bone and Joint Journal, and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Arthroplasty, Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and Hospital Medicine.


Carousel Session- The Ageing Surgeon

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Prof Phil Turner

President, British Orthopaedic Association

Professor Philip Turner has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK since 1990.  He is the Senior Surgeon in the department and specialises in all aspects of knee surgery having established a tertiary referral unit for complex knee problems.
His clinical interests are in sports injuries of the knee, complex knee ligament reconstructions, the arthritic knee in younger patients, disorders of the patello-femoral joint and the failed knee replacement.

He is a Council and Executive member of the BOA and President from 2018 to 2019.  He has previously been the North West Orthopaedic Training Programme Director, Head of the HENW School of Surgery, Chair of the Confederation of Post-Graduate Schools of Surgery and Chair of the BOA Training Standards and Curriculum Committee.
He has been involved in surgical education throughout his career and has been the Chair of the IQA Committee of the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations.  He was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCS Edinburgh in 2016.

He is active in promoting research and service delivery in his previous role as a domain clinical lead in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Chair of the Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance. He is now clinical lead for the transformation of specialist services in Greater Manchester and holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.

Lisa Hadfield-Law

Having spent 20 years in clinical practice and 20 years in surgical education, Lisa  has been immersed in both cultures and is, therefore, in a unique position to provide educational advice.  She has managed an orthopaedic/trauma service of a major teaching hospital, and has insight into the circumstances and challenges facing surgical teams.

  • Surgical educator since 1992
  • Trained over 10,000 surgeons from 65 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.
  • Previously 20 years of trauma nursing experience in the UK and abroad
  • MSc in Higher Professional Education
Current Position
  • Consultant surgical educator UK and abroad
  • Education Advisor to the British Orthopaedic Association & AOUK
  • Contributes to the T&O SAC, Training Standards Committee and ISCP Management group

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Prof Christopher D. Harner

Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Texas

Christopher D. Harner, M.D., is Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, as well as the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  Dr. Harner specializes in Sports Medicine and knee surgery and is dual certified in both Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.  In his role at the University of Texas Health Science Center, he continues to oversee clinical and basic science studies of knee injury, healing, and surgical repair. Additionally, he assists in developing junior faculty for leadership and research careers in Orthopaedics.   
Dr. Harner’s clinical and academic leadership in Sports Medicine is evidenced by numerous grants, awards and published scientific articles in clinical and research journals.  Awards for his research include the Cabaud Award in 1999 and 2003 and the Excellence in Research Award in 1994 and 2002 from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Hughston Best Paper Award from the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) in 2000, the John Joyce Award from the International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) in 2001 and 2002, the Compere Award from the Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association in 2004, the Rovere Award in 2009 and the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Award in 2011 both from the AOSSM.  
His dedication to Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is marked by his commitment to research and education.  He has a long history of clinical and basic science research and has educated over 200 undergraduate, graduate, medical students, residents and fellows.  He has been the invited Grand Round Visiting Professor to 42 Orthopaedic programs and has been the Distinguished Graduation Visiting Professor for 30 programs. He has served on the education committees for both the AOSSM and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). Furthermore, Dr. Harner is a member of the editorial review boards for numerous orthopaedic, sports medicine, and scientific journals.  He served as Program Chair for the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) in April 2001, the Combined American Orthopaedic Association (the Combined American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)/Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Meeting in July 2007 and for the AOSSM Annual Meeting in July 
2009.  Dr. Harner’s leadership in sports medicine was recognized by his election to the AOSSM Board from 2010 to 2015.  It was during that time that he received the organization's highest honor by being named President in 2013. Additionally, he served as Herodicus President from 2013-2014. 
In 2000, Dr. Harner was appointed to an 11-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). As Chairman of the Subspecialty Certification Committee, he played a key role in Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification. In addition to his ABOS commitments, he was appointed to a 2-year term on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors as a Member at Large in February 2007. Currently, he serves on the ISAKOS Executive Committee (2016-18).  His most recent accomplishment was being elected to the AOA Presidential Line (2017-2021).  He will become the 132nd AOA President in June 2019.  
Dr. Harner and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 36 years and reside in the Rice Village Area of Houston, TX.  They have three children: Christopher (age 30), Andrew (age 28), and Nina (age 26). 


Thursday Speakers

BESS Revalidation Session - 08:30 - 10:00

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Rajesh Nanda

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool

Rajesh Nanda is a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon with special interest is in Shoulder & Elbow surgery especially elbow Trauma. He completion of his Higher Surgical Training in the North East of England and Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow surgery with Prof Amar Rangan.
He is a keen educator and is an Honorary Lecturer with the Teesside University. At the University he helps organise and run the MCh Orthopaedics course. Organises various courses tailored for Trainees, Physiotherapists and GP’s He is a member of faculty on National and International shoulder and elbow surgery courses, Symposiums and invited lectures at conferences.
Rajesh is a reviewer for journals like Shoulder & Elbow journal and Bone and Joint journal. He is a member of the BESS Education committee, supervises trainees and BOA fellows and is an FRCS (T&O) examiner. He is active in research and is involved in many National and International studies.

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Tom Lawrence

Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

Tom Lawrence is a Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust, a large teaching hospital and major trauma centre. He trained in Bristol medical school and carried out his orthopaedic training in Nottingham. He has also completed higher degrees of MSc (Orthopaedic Engineering) and MD. He completed US medical licence examinations enabling him to undergo a year of extensive fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA. He undertook a second shoulder and elbow fellowship in Sheffield before commencing his consultant post at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust in 2012. He is committed to teaching, regularly serving as a faculty member on national and international courses, supervises a shoulder and elbow fellow and previously served on BESS education committee. He has published numerous research papers; review articles and book chapters related to shoulder and elbow and regularly reviews scientific articles for the journals “Shoulder and Elbow” and “The Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery”. He is actively involved in randomised controlled trials to ensure the provision of the highest quality evidence-based treatment related to shoulder and elbow problems. 

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Amjid Ali

Consultant Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Amjid was appointed as a Consultant in Sheffield in 2008 following his training in Sheffield and Fellowship in Sydney working with Jeff Hughes and David Sonnabend.
His specialist interests are Primary & Revision Elbow Arthroplasty and Shoulder & Elbow Trauma. His other passion is Surgical Training and he is a regular member of Faculty on national and international courses.
He also, together with his colleagues runs the popular Sheffield Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship program.

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Lee Van Rensburg

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Lee Van Rensburg is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a particular interest in Elbow trauma. He works at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS trust, the Major Trauma Centre for the East of England.

Lee enjoys teaching and talking about elbows, his ambition is to teach on all 7 continents. He has taught on 4 so far. He currently co-chairs the UK AO shoulder and elbow master class and has run a 2-day cadaver masterclass course on elbow trauma yearly for 5 years