24:07:2023 Congratulations Daljit Dhariwal elected as President for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Congratulations Daljit Dhariwal on being elected as President for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

On behalf of AO, we would like to congratulate Daljit Dhariwal on being elected as President for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 2023/2024.

Daljit graduated in Dentistry and Medicine in Cardiff and after training in South Wales, completed a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery in Birmingham, UK. She was appointed as a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundations Trust in 2006.  Her subspecialty interests are Orthognathic Surgery, Minimal access salivary gland procedures and complex facial trauma in both adults and children.

Daljit has numerous awards for teaching, training and innovation in surgery and is a previous recipient of the BAOMS Presidents prize 2008, the BAOMS Surgery prize 2010, RCS Lady Estelle Wolfson Fellowship 2016 and BAOMS Trainers Trainer of the year 2019. She served as BAOMS trainee representative and was later elected to BAOMS Council (2009-2012) and served 5 years as an elected member of the specialty advisory committee (SAC) and very active in her liaison member role supporting trainees. She was joint National clinical lead for e-Face, developing the curriculum for an online NHS education platform. Subsequently she was the BAOMS representative on the JCIE OMFS Exam board.

In 2022 she completed a 5 year term as regional training programme director for Health Education Thames Valley for OMFS receiving plaudits for a trainee centred approach and exemplary practice in educational governance. She has been an examiner for the Joint Intercollegiate exit examinations (JCIE) in OMFS for 10 years and currently examines for Oxford University Medical School. She has been invited to join the JCIE as an assessor for quality assurance. She is well known nationally and internationally in AO as CMF faculty and has numerous publications to her name including an orthognathic book chapter in the Oxford handbook.

She is a proud single mum to 9 year old twins and has promised to serve as President of BAOMS with a strong emphasis on an inclusive, accountable and patient centred approach for her term in office.

Daljit is a great friend to both me and to all colleagues and trainees.  She is inspirational as a Surgeon to all but especially female and trainees of colour and we are privileged to have her as a member of the AO

Sat Parmar

31:01:2023 Panagiotis “Peter” Giannoudis is the new AO Trauma Research Commission Chairperson-elect

Election of AO Trauma Global Research Commission

We are pleased to announce the results of the election of AO Trauma Global Research Commission (AO TRC). Following the election conducted in December 2022, Panagiotis "Peter" Giannoudis will take the reins as AO Trauma Research Commission Chairperson-elect on July 01, 2023.

Prof Giannoudis, who was trained in Greece and the United Kingdom and whose specialist training included an AO Trauma Fellowship in Germany, is internationally renowned, working as Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Leeds, United Kingdom.

Prof Giannoudis extensive service to AO Trauma includes terms as Chairperson of the AO Trauma Europe and South Africa Research Committee (AO TESA RC). He also has served as a member of the AO medical team assigned by Technical Commission, to work in the RIA-2 project which received the innovation prize award for 2020.

On July 01, 2023, Prof Giannoudis will begin his 1 year term as Chairperson-Elect of the AO Trauma Research Commission. From July 1, 2024, he will start a 4 years term as Chairperson, succeeding Prof. Pol Rommens in this position.

The election process was overseen and ratified by the Nomination Committee (NomCom), which has confirmed that the process was transparent, fair, and in full compliance with the AO TRC Terms of Reference. The AO Trauma International Board approved Giannoudis’ election on December 10, 2022. AO Trauma congratulates Panagiotis "Peter" Giannoudis, thank him for his commitment and wishes him every success in his new role.

12:12:2022 Congratulations to Nima Heidari on becoming the Foot and Ankle Chair for Davos courses in 2023.

Congratulations to Nima Heidari on becoming the Foot and Ankle Chair for Davos courses in 2023.

Professor Heidari is best known for his work in the fields of bone infection and limb reconstruction, with particular expertise in dealing with failure of bone fixation or infection following fracture or other causes. As part of his work at The Royal London Hospital, where he has been a consultant since 2012, he has established a regional Foot and Ankle Unit; a Bone Infection Unit and Orthoplastics Department. In his private practice he provides a tertiary referral service for difficult fractures and fixation and post-operative infection. He is very aware of the profound effect foot and ankle pain or injury can have on a person’s quality of life and he aims to provide his patients with the optimal treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, to achieve the best possible outcome.

10:11:2022 Why is Failure Essential for Success?

Why is Failure Essential for Success?

Our own Professor Caroline Hing of St George’s University London, who is Chair of AOUK & I R&PD and also chairs the AOUK&I Undergraduate Programme delivered her inaugural lecture on Monday 7th November after been appointed during COVID times.

St George's newly arrived or promoted professors are invited to give an inaugural lecture to mark this milestone in their academic careers and to introduce themselves, update colleagues on current and future research plans, and share their research with wider audiences. She has chosen to explore why failure is essential for success.

The story of her professional journey highlights some work experience as a trapeze artist, a climber and a cockroach impersonator. It’s a must see.

12:06:2021 The James Lind Alliance

James Lind Alliance Complex Fractures PSP

Complex fractures are complicated breaks in bones which require specialist treatment. They include open fractures, pelvic fractures, a fracture into multiple pieces and multiple fractures at the same time.  They make up a minority of the 1.8 million fractures that occur in England each year but cause significant problems for patients and are a large burden on healthcare resources.

The Complex Fractures PSP was established in 2019 and is a collaboration with AOUK & I and the Orthopaedic Trauma Society.

The Complex Fractures PSP Top 10 was published in June 2021.