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MacOrtho Spotlight: 2014 ABC Travelling Fellows

Published: June 13, 2014

MacOrtho is very honoured to host the ABC (American-British-Canadian) Travelling Fellowship tour from June 15th to 18th. This visit marks the first time in 50 years that the ABC Fellows have been hosted at MacOrtho. McMaster University was 1 of 2 Canadian Institutions invited to participate in 2014.

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Dr. Pramod Achan (England) is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Bart's Health NHS Trust, England's oldest hospital founded in 1123. Today it is the largest NHS trust in the country with a catchment population of 2.5 million patients and the busiest Major Trauma centre in the UK. Dr. Achan is also the residency programme director for the Percival Pott training programme, the oldest in the UK. His personal scope of practice includes primary, complex and revision surgery of the hip and knee, sports surgery of the hip and knee and major trauma. He has published on adolescent hip arthroscopy and management of the dysplastic hip. Dr. Achan has a masters in healthcare leadership from Cornell, and has built a strong department with a vision in clinical excellence, research, training and innovation. He has a strong translational research background and continues to develop the infrastructure to build a strong clinical research team.



Dr. Robert Ashford (England) graduated from Medical School in London in 1992. Following basic surgical training in London & East Anglia he undertook an MD at the University of Sheffield culminating in a thesis entitled "Improving the patient pathway in breast cancer metastatic to the skeleton". Mr. Ashford undertook his trauma and orthopaedic training in Yorkshire and subsequent Clinical Fellowships at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore in sarcoma surgery and joint reconstruction. In 2007, he was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic & Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon at The University Hospitals of Leicester and Honorary Consultant Sarcoma Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals and the East Midlands Sarcoma Service. He has developed specialist interests in palliative orthopaedic surgery and desmoid fibromatosis. He has maintained an active research interest and am an Honorary Consultant Lecturer in the University of Nottingham.



Dr. William Aston (England) is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. He was qualified from the Royal London Hospital Medical School in 1997. After basic surgical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Dr. Aston gained a place on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital training rotation. He underwent subspecialty training at the RNOH in complex primary and revision joint replacement surgery, and bone and soft tissue sarcoma surgery. Then a further one year fellowship in the above specialties at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Aston has special interests in the surgical treatment of arthritis, including cartilage transplantation, arthroscopic knee surgery, knee and hip replacement surgery, complex hip and knee revision surgery and the management of bone and soft tissue tumours. His research interests include the design and fixation of massive prostheses in limb salvage surgery and the use of these techniques in revision joint replacement surgery. He aims to improve functional outcomes by using joint sparing techniques coupled with biological reconstruction where possible.



Dr. Brendan Coleman (New Zealand) gained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2006. He was appointed the Calvert fellow at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London specializing in shoulder surgery. He has completed post fellowship training in knee surgery at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London and the Melbourne Knee Fellowship in Australia. In 2009, he returned to New Zealand and was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. His clinical practice is focused on arthroscopic reconstruction and arthroplasty of the knee and shoulder with a particular interest in multi-ligament knee reconstruction. He is involved in research with the regenerative medicine unit at the University of Auckland.



Dr. Gregory Firth (South Africa) currently Heads the Paediatric Orthopaedic Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Soweto and works in the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. He has nine international and seven local publications to his name, assists Orthopaedic Resident training at Wits and is actively involved in Research Projects with the Residents. His clinical work at Baragwanath is rigorous and demanding under difficult circumstances. Exposure to third world orthopaedics with severe deformities, neglected cases and HIV related bone sepsis makes for an interesting and challenging environment. Clinical work currently focuses on children with cerebral palsy, HIV diplegia, clubfoot, severe osteo-articular infections, trauma, Blount’s disease, osteogenesis imperfecta and deformity correction. He also practises limited private practise in Johannesburg with an emphasis on paediatric orthopaedics but also adult trauma.



Dr. Sanjeev R Patil (Scotland) is a full time Orthopaedic Consultant at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His clinical practice includes all aspects of Hip surgery including conservative hip procedures (Ganz osteotomy, Hip arthroscopy etc), primary and revision hip arthroplasty procedures. He has set up a Tertiary “Young Adult Hip service” at Glasgow, which provides service for the whole of Scotland. He is part of a dedicated research team, which is involved, in various clinical trials in adult hip surgery at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow in collaboration with Bioengineering Department of Strathclyde University and the Department of experimental medicine at Glasgow University. He has set up a nationally recognised “Clinical fellowship in Adult Lower Limb Reconstruction” at Glasgow. He remains the joint organiser for “Hip Term” teaching for the West of Scotland Orthopaedic Training Programme. He has set up pathways with paediatric orthopaedic surgeons to streamline the transfer of patients with various hip disorders from paediatric sector to adult service. He remains an Honorary Clinical Tutor for University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee and University of West of Scotland.



Dr. Phong Tran (Australia) completed his schooling and medical training in Melbourne, and his Australian Orthopaedic Training in 2008. His specialty fellowship training in Sports Injuries and Arthroscopy were in Germany and Melbourne. He became Director of the Orthopaedic Department at Western Health in 2010, which is one of the largest and busiest orthopaedic units in Melbourne with over 20 Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2011, he became the Scientific Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, and over the last 3 years has seen the annual scientific conference grown from 90 to 350 registrants. Mr. Tran has received a number of awards including the Victorian Leadership Award in 2011 and The Western Health Excellence Award in 2010, 11 and 12. His surgical interests include hip arthroscopy and anterior hip replacement surgery. Mr. Tran is passionate about orthopaedic training and teaching and currently works with the Australian Orthopaedic Association, developing their e-learning platform and patient information portal.

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