Bogdan Ambrozic, MD, PhD completed his studies at the Medical faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1995. In 2001 he has finished his residency and started to work as orthopedic surgeon at the department of sports medicine and arthroscopy at Valdoltra Orthopedic hospital in Ankaran, Slovenia. He was specially trained in knee surgeries by P. Lobenhoffer, D. Dejour, P. Neyret, R. Verdonk and M. Strobel. He is performing arthroscopic surgeries on shoulder, knee and ankle joint but he is manly oriented in treating patellofemoral instability, multiligamentar knee injuries and performing osteotomies around the knee joint. In 2014 he started to use the navigation in osteotomies to control the degree of correction and he introduced patient specific 3D printed instruments in osteotomies around the knee. He is working to introduce computer technology and navigation system in daily practice in ortopedic surgical interventions. Bogdan Ambrozic is also a member of ESSKA osteotomy committee and promotor of the knee preseveration surgeries.
Matt Dawson is a Knee Surgeon who specialises in sports injuries and degenerative conditions affecting the knee. He is a leading authority on osteotomy and Joint Preservation surgery in the UK and Europe.
Having completed his Orthopaedic training in London and a Sports Knee Fellowship in Dublin, Mr Dawson joined North Cumbria University Hospital in 2001.
Mr Dawson performs a wide range of knee procedures including arthroscopy, femoral and tibial osteotomy, total and partial knee replacement, articular cartilage surgery, single and multiple ligament reconstruction, patella realignment and stabilisation and a range of combined complex procedures for deformity and instability. Mr Dawson has developed one of the largest UK practices in osteotomy with over 400 cases to date.
Mr Dawson believes in the principle of joint preservation in order to prolong knee activity and knee function to the highest level. His philosophy is to individually assess patients with the appreciation that alignment and stability of the knee are the bedrock to successful knee function and successful surgery.
Mr Dawson is committed to the education of healthcare professionals. He hosts a successful fellowship in Osteotomy and Knee surgery at North Cumbria University Hospital and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of osteotomy. He is one of two UK members on the ESSKA osteotomy committee.
In June 2015 Mr Dawson launched the annual Northern Osteotomy Masterclass. This acclaimed course attracts experts from around the globe and provides high-quality training for consultants and the surgeons of tomorrow. He is a co-convenor of the Basingstoke Osteotomy Masterclass and founder member and committee member of UKKOR, the world’s first national osteotomy registry.
Mr Dawson is working at the leading edge of knee osteotomy surgery with device technologies, surgical applications, and teaching techniques. He is a driver in several research projects in the field. Currently Mr Dawson is collaborating with a leading American company and European colleagues with a groundbreaking technology aimed at increasing accuracy of osteotomy surgery. This innovative technology permits correction of alignment to occur under precise post-operative control using a magnetic remote control device. Mr Dawson is the first UK surgeon to perform this surgery.
Mr Dawson undertakes his NHS practice at the North Cumbria University Hospital and consults privately in Carlisle, at The Cumbrian Clinic, Whitehaven and at BMI Hospital in Lancaster.
David Elson is consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead. He was a trainee in the Northern Deanery and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed knee surgery fellowships in both Cardiff and Hampshire and has worked for Matt Dawson, Chris Wilson, Mike Risebury and Adrian Wilson (all faculty members) which puts him in a unique position to comment on the results from these osteotomy centres. He strongly believes that the techniques of knee osteotomy should be refined in light of patient outcomes and to this aim he has been driving the United Kingdom Knee Osteotomy Registry (www.ukkor.co.uk). This is an initiative designed to capture meaningful outcome data which should influence future surgical techniques in years to come. He has several publications in the field of knee surgery and has presented at national and international conferences. He has aspirations to improve the message about knee osteotomy as a highly successful surgery.
Dr. Al Getgood is an orthopaedic surgeon and clinician scientist specialising in complex knee reconstruction. He completed his primary medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 followed by orthopaedic residency in July 2010, which included completing a research Doctorate (MD) in orthopaedic sciences. His fellowship training included time in London (Ontario), Banff (Alberta) and Coventry (UK). In September 2012 he moved to Western University in Canada to work at the world renowned Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic in London Ontario.
Dr. Getgood’s clinical practice focuses on complex soft tissue reconstruction of the knee. He has been successful in securing peer reviewed and industry funded grants to build his pre-clinical and clinical research program focusing on joint preservation. Particular achievements include being awarded the MTF Junior Investigator award and the ISAKOS/OREF funding award.
Dr. Getgood has authored 48 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, edited 1 book and 1 journal issue. He has given over 85 national and international conference presentations, lectures and demonstrations. He is a past General Board Member of the ICRS and sits on the Sports Medicine committee ISAKOS. Dr. Getgood is also a member of the International ACL study group and the AOSSM.
Born in Kulmbach, he completed his studies in human medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and has proven himself since 1999 at the Klinikum Bamberg. After his specialist examination in the field of surgery, he was in 2006 senior physician at the Department of Trauma Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery, where he acquired the additional title "Special Traumatology" and until 2012, the focus area "lower extremity, corrective osteotomies, arthroplasty" headed. After a brief intermezzo at the Orthopedic University Clinic Erlangen-Nuremberg, Harrer returned to Bamberg in 2013 as Senior Physician of the Section "Joint Surgery and Reconstruction, Deformity Correction / Corrective Osteotomy, Endoprosthetics". Since 2014 he has headed the endoprosthetics center Klinikum Bamberg.
Dr. Harrer is a recognized expert in the field of primary and revision endoprosthetics of hip and knee joint. He has acquired a supra-regional reputation in the field of deformity correction and corrective osteotomies as well as modern joint-preserving and reconstructive surgery on the hip and knee joints within the framework of national and international lectures. "Joint Preservation and Joint Replacement" - under this motto Harrer as deputy senior departmental physician of the Department of Trauma Surgery to further develop the spectrum of the existing endoprosthetics center Klinikum Lichtenfels around this area. After moving to Green Hospital in 2018, Dr. Ing. Harrer as designated chief physician successor of Dr. med. Müller will take over the management of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Lichtenfels Hospital.
Mr Heidari is a Consultant at the Royal London Hospital, the largest trauma centre in Europe. Over the past 4 years, he has set up the Foot and Ankle Unit as well as the regional Bone Infection Service. He has expertise in treating lower limb injuries particularly those of the ankle and the foot. He provides a tertiary service for complex foot and lower limb injuries.
Nima has worked widely in Europe, Canada and USA on multiple fellowships in Trauma and foot and ankle surgery. In 2012, he became a Winston Churchill Fellow having completed a Travelling Fellowship across the US and Canada.
Biography coming soon.
Raghbir graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2006 and completed his higher surgical training in the South East London region.
Following his training, he went on to refine his skills in knee surgery with a fellowship under the tutelage of Professor Wilson, Mr Risebury and Mr Yasen. This fellowship allowed him to develop a keen interest in all aspects of osteotomy surgery, cartilage preservation, arthroscopic ligament reconstructions, partial and total knee arthroplasty surgery. He has a particular interest in managing arthritis in younger patients. He has now been appointed as a Consultant in Knee Surgery at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital London.
Raghbir has published in all aspects of knee surgery and presented both nationally and internationally. He is an honorary lecturer at Winchester University and runs educational courses for higher orthopaedic surgical trainees in London.
Kristian Kley completed his medical training at Hannover Medical School in 2006 and then started a residency in orthopaedic trauma in Hannover with Prof Philipp Lobenhoffer. He is now working as fellow in a group practice in Hannover (Gelenkchirurgie Orthopädie Hannover) with Prof. Lobenhoffer. Kristian Kley early developed a strong interest in osteotomy around the knee. He is an active member of the Hannover team treating 300 patients per year with osteotomy around the knee and developing new techniques and instruments to ease these procedures. He has been active on national and international meetings and is also guest member of the Joint Preservation Expert Group of AO Foundation. Kristian Kley has developed unique techniques of minimal-invasive osteotomy of femur and tibia which are now used clinically in Hannover on a regular basis.
Philipp Lobenhoffer was born 1956 in Rosenheim/Bavaria. He visited elementary school in Ireland and Germany, higher school and university in Göttingen and Vienna. His thesis was focused on high altitude medicine and the result of a three months research in Nepal. He started his training in surgery in 1981 at Hannover Medical School and had two years of orthopaedic training at Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität Munich. Working as consultant in the Trauma Department, he got board certification as musculoskeletal surgeon in 1989 and academic professor in 1996. Since 1998 he was chief of a department for trauma and orthopaedic surgery in a teaching hospital in Hannover. In 2009 he founded a new institution in Hannover, Sports Clinic Germany, focused on high-quality surgical treatment of injuries and degenerative diseases of shoulder, hip, knee and foot joints.
Ph. Lobenhoffer acted as president of AGA (German Arthroscopy Association) from 2003 to 2007 and is presently secretary of this society with almost 3000 members. He was German President of GOTS (Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society) from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is chairman of the Knee Expert Group of the AO Foundation, acting as medical expert for the development of knee implants.
Ph. Lobenhoffer is corresponding member of OTA (Orthopaedic Trauma Association) and the Austrian Trauma Society and honorary board member of GOTS. He is editor of Arthroskopie and member of the editorial board of KSSTA, OOT and Unfallchirurg. His main scientific interest is the knee joint and he has worked on anterior and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, knee dislocation, arthrolysis, unilateral knee replacement and osteotomy around the knee, especially with internal plate fixator systems (Tomofix). He has published over 200 scientific papers and acted as chief editor of two books on knee osteotomy.
Claire is one of the most highly respected rehabilitation specialists in the UK. She has over 20 years of experience working in academia, the NHS and in leading research roles. She designed, led and managed major clinical and non-clinical research trials, supervised several PhD students and developed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in injury management and rehabilitation. Claire has published over 30 research papers in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, is regularly invited to speak at national and international academic and professional symposia, writes for sports magazines and, serves as expert reviewer for many scientific peer-reviewed journals.
Claire is passionate about improving the way in which we deal with MSK conditions in the community and she has won entrepreneurial (Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by Nat West) and innovation awards (Innovate UK; Women in Innovation) for her innovative approach. She is also a member of, and is supported by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
Claire’s area of expertise means that she uniquely spans the gap between the physiology of conditioning and physiotherapeutic rehabilitation and she founded Get Back To Sport to enable the transference of research findings into enhancing practice. Get Back To Sport now has an international teaching profile and a respect and credibility with major UK clinicians and commissioners.
Prof. Pape studied medicine in Mainz, Hannover and Boston. He trained at the German Universities of Bochum and Homburg as well at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
He completed a 1-year AOSSM-accredited clinical fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the Fowler-Kennedey-Clinic in London, Ontario. Diploma of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2002, Diploma of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 2006 and of Special Orthopaedic Surgery in 2006 by the Medical Association of Saarland / Germany.
He wrote his doctoral thesis on liver function tests in polytraumatized patient to predict multiple organ failure in 1994 and his professoral thesis (habilitation) on lower limb osteotomies for the treatment of medial compartment OA in 2009. Prof. Pape works as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg since April 2008. Since 2010, he is “Chef du Service de Chirurgie Orthopédique” of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery.
His main areas of clinical activity are orthopaedic sports medicine, lower limb osteotomies as well as primary and revision knee, hip and shoulder arthroplasties. He was appointed extraordinary professor in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Saarland in 2014. Prof. Pape is co-director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory of the “Luxembourg Institute of Health” since 2009 and Co-founder of the cartilage net of the University of the Greater Region (UGR) since 2011.
Prof. Pape is advisory board member of the “World Arthrosis Organization” (Heidelberg). He is member of the advisory board as well as editorship of the orthopaedic journal “Der Orthopäde”, Springer Verlag since 2005. He holds the diploma for the management of public health organizations since 2000 (University of Kaiserslautern).
Sebastien has been Assistant Professor, partner to Professor Argenson in the department of Orthopaedic surgery in Marseille, France since November 2008.
Surgical Activity includes:
200 to 250 total knee arthroplasties/ Year
30 to 50 revision total knee Arthroplasties / year
100 Total hip arthroplasties and revision hip
Osteotomies, ACL reconstruction, peri-prosthetic fractures
2300 consultations/ year
Orthopaedic Residency and Fellowship in Marseille: Hip and Knee reconstruction under Professor Argenson direction.
Fellowship in the Orthopaedic department of Professor Boileau: Sport and Knee and shoulder Surgery (University of Nice, France).
Research Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester with Doctor DJ Berry and Mark W Pagnano between 2006 and 2007.
2012 Knee Society Insall Fellowship, October, USA
PhD: on Objective and subjective evaluation in hip and knee surgery
Clinical Research in Hip and Knee reconstruction
Post-doctoral position in the motion analysis and biomechanics laboratory of Marseille, France
Mayo Clinic research collaborator
Mike Risebury trained in Cambridge, London and Wessex before an Australian fellowship. He was appointed at Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust from November 2010. Since then his private practice has developed at The Hampshire Clinic. His practice includes all aspects of Knee Surgery. Special interests are sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, meniscal preservation (repair), cartilage surgery, osteotomy (re-alignment), as well as total and partial knee replacement (including complex and revision surgery). He also performs hip replacement surgery.
Mr Risebury is actively involved in teaching programmes for other medical professionals, regularly lecturing nationally and internationally. He has been a faculty member on several courses teaching surgical technique in areas such as ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and osteotomy. Research is an important part of his ongoing professional development, and he has presented and published scientific papers on various aspects of orthopaedics and particularly knee surgery.
James is a Specialist Knee Surgeon based at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol.
He completed his primary medical degree and specialist registrar training in London. His postgraduate Master of Surgery degree was on the biomechanics of the posteromedial corner of the knee. He fellowship training was at the Clinique du Sport Bordeaux-Merignac and at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol. He recently undertook an 18 month sabbatical to work in the UAE.
He has published many research articles and book chapters on knee surgery and has received awards, both nationally and internationally. His ACL research has previously won the British Association of Surgery of the Knee President’s medal.
His other roles include: member of the Arthroscopy committee for ESSKA (European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy), member of the ESSKA Collateral ligaments Working Group, member of the international ACL Study group. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Arthroscopy. He sits on the steering committee for the UK National Ligament registry.
Bhushan completed his basic medical training from University of Pune, India and post graduate training in Orthopaedics from Armed Forces’ Medical College, Pune. He then moved to UK for further Orthopaedic training and specialization in knee surgery from 2005-2015.
He works as a Consultant Knee Surgeon in Mumbai, India at SportsMed, Mumbai and Global Hospital, Mumbai. He is also a visiting surgeon to Hampshire Hospitals NHS trust, UK.
He specializes in Joint preservation surgeries including realignment osteotomies, chondral regeneration procedures and meniscal implants/ transplants along with replacement options such as in uni and bi-compartmental knee replacements, complex primary and revision knee replacements.
Steffen Schröeter studied medicine in Tübingen (Germany). He trained in Friedrichshafen (Germany) 2003-2006. He wrote his doctoral thesis on biomechanical properties of human cancellous bone after different sterilization methods in 2005. Since his stay with Alex Staubli in 2002 in Luzern he was fascinated in osteotomies. After he moved 2007 to the BG Traumacenter Tübingen, University of Tübingen, he started with different research projects around osteotomies and digital planning. He became specialist in Trauma and Orthopedics 2010. In 2013 he was for an observationship in the Harborview Medical Center, Seattle (USA) and he became specialist in special Trauma in 2014. He is member in the AO TK Joint Preservation and Osteotomy Expert Group since 2011. Since 2014 he is consultant in the department of Sportstrauma and Arthroscopy of the BG Traumacenter Tübingen (University of Tübingen). Deformity correction includes in his department varus, valgus, rotational correction and additional limb lengthening. He was involved in many national and international osteotomy courses as faculty.
Dr. Slynarski completed his MD and PhD degrees at The Medical University of Warszawa, Poland, and completed research fellowships at Case Western University in Cleveland, USA, with Arnold Caplan PhD (funded by the Polish-American Kosciuszko Foundation), and also with Matts Brittberg, MD, PhD, at Gothenburg University in Sweden. He subsequently completed a knee fellowship with Dr. Rene Verdonk at Ghent University, Belgium. He was a principal investigator in several worldwide clinical studies including iBalance Medical, Genzyme and CellCoTec.
Dr. Slynarski is currently head of surgery in a private Sports Medicine Center, CMS Warsaw, Poland.
Dr Sachin Tapasvi, at 42, is one of the Leading Joint Replacement Surgeons practicing in Pune, boasting of several fellowships and experience garnered internationally as well as in India. He completed his MBBS and M.S. (Ortho) from B.J. Medical College, Pune- with GOLD medals for topping the university in both the courses. He further honed his skills after being selected as an Asia Pacific Fellow at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, Australia from January 1998. Here, Dr Tapasvi was entrusted with the Adult Reconstruction Surgery services comprising Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement. His talent was recognized and lauded with an appointment as the Clinical Tutor to The University of Adelaide.
After returning to India, he began working as a consultant in arthritis, sports medicine, arthroscopy and joint replacement with some of the premier hospitals in Pune - Jehangir Apollo Hospital and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Oyster and Pearl Hospital. With his healing touch, expert hands and skill that has been honed abroad, Dr Tapasvi now conducts specialty outpatients clinic with a combined patient load of about 80 patients per day. Surgery and the improvement it brings to his patients has always attracted him, and so Dr Tapasvi routinely performs complex surgeries and operates daily at hospitals conducting supra major and major surgeries with Total Knee Replacement (TKR), Revision TKR, Total Hip Replacement (THR), revision THR, arthroscopic knee and shoulder reconstructions. He believes in spreading the knowledge that he has himself earned through fellowships. Currently, he has two fellows – one each sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Smith & Nephew, each for a duration of 6 months. The deserving candidates are chosen after a detailed interview process. Dr Tapasvi believes that the quest for true knowledge never ends, which is why he continues to update his knowledge and skills by conducting and attending conferences and continuing medical education programs both in India as well as abroad. His initiative called the Pune Knee Course - an annual educational program since 2011, covering everything in knee arthroscopy, is very well received every year.
Ronald van Heerwaarden
Ronald van Heerwaarden headed the Limb Reconstruction Center and the Limb Deformity Reconstruction Units of the Sint MaartensClinics in the Netherlands until 2016. He has been working as a consultant for osteotomies in the International Knee and joint Centre in Abu Dhabi since 2015 and in 2016 he moved to the new Centre for Deformity Correction and Joint Preserving Surgery in Kliniek ViaSana, Mill, the Netherlands. In 2018 he started as a consultant at the Osteotomy Center of the Wellington and Portland Hospitals in London.
He was appointed Chairman of the ESSKA Osteotomy Committee in February 2016 and currently serves as Vice-Chairman.
In the past decade, until August 2014, he was a member of the AO Knee expert group which is responsible for development of new osteotomy techniques, osteotomy instruments (e.g. sawguides) and the TomoFix plates. He has performed research projects on conservative treatments of monocompartmental OA and surgical treatments with osteotomies at different centres in Europe.
In recent years he was a co-editor with René Marti on the book Osteotomies for Posttraumatic Deformities and a co-editor of the book Osteotomies around the knee together with Philipp Lobenhoffer, Alex Staubli and Roland Jakob as well as a co-editor for a German book on osteotomies around the knee which was published in a second edition in 2014. For these books he produced 17 chapters and 9 case presentations. He was a co-editor of the KSSTA januari 2013 special issue on Osteotomies around the Knee. Starting from 2004 he has authored or co-authored more than 80 articles on deformity analysis, osteotomies around the knees and joint preserving surgery. He has been an invited speaker at osteotomy meetings all over the world.
Mr Sam Yasen is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, specialising in Knee, Hip and Sports surgery in Hampshire. He trained at King's College London, graduating with Triple Distinction in undergraduate medicine and a First-Class Honours for a BSc in physiology.
His surgical training was undertaken in the Wessex region, where he was awarded the Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal in Trauma & Orthopaedics in 2014 and subsequently appointed as the BOA Young Ambassador. He was also awarded the McLeod Medal in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2014 and is a current Member of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine.
He is fellowship trained in Trauma surgery and advanced Knee surgery. He holds degrees in Engineering (Masters - MSc - with distinction) from Cardiff University, and Teaching (Bristol University- PGCE - again with distinction).
Mr Yasen is a university appointed Teaching Fellow, and has a national appointment as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has a broad experience of teaching from undergraduate level to international lecturing and presentations.
He is also the Research lead for the Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust; and Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. He is widely published on ligament surgery, minimally invasive surgery and osteotomy around the knee. Mr Yasen co-convenes courses in osteotomy and ligament surgery and co-hosts a surgical visitation program at his trust, which is an internationally recognised visitation centre.