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.

She 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

Nominations for Vice President of AOUK 2023 – 2025

Nominations are open for Vice President of AOUK and Ireland 2023 - 2025.

You can download a nominations form here in either MS Word of PDF formats.

Nominations Form (MS Word)

Nominations Form (PDF)

Panagiotis “Peter” Giannoudis is the new AO Trauma Research Commission Chairperson-elect

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.


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.

Professor Caroline Hing

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.

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.

AOUK&I Advanced Course

We have explored many different options to bring the AOUK&I Advanced Course to you. We are mindful that we haven’t run since June 2019, but since the start of COVID we have focused on getting 240 participants through the Basic Principles course.

Our next priority is the Advanced Principles. We have looked at different possibilities indeed, Hinkley and Dublin, but the availability of the practical kit is under particular pressure with the deferred courses all around the world. We think the best option will be to run a larger course in Leeds 2022. It would be helpful to estimate the numbers required, so if you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible so we can notify you when the course opens. You can do this by contacting  Val  at AOUK&I.

We are so sorry to have had to defer the Advanced course, but we will make every effort to catch up with the shortfall of places over the last two years.

AOUK&I paediatric course

AO  faculty have already begin preparing the AOUK&I paediatric course with overseas faculty colleagues.

The Chairs were keen to bring the content in line with current principles required by the trauma and orthopaedic surgeon caring for children as part of their practice.  They also want to integrate new educational techniques to increase the impact and the enjoyment of the programme.  Some elements will be provided on line to help participates prepare the foundations themselves so the entire face to face event can be interactive.

Just in case we are still restrained by regulations, the programme can be delivered entirely online.  Here you can see faculty experimenting with ways of creating the networks and making connections, which are a valued part of our courses.

AOUK Research Funding Expansion for 2020

AOUK Research Funding Expansion for 2020

AOUK Research and Professional Development are delighted to enable broader access to small grant funding for local and national research projects. Following the turbulence experienced through the strain of the pandemic we are keen to support research infrastructure through diverse funding of projects linked to fracture care.
We are particularly interested in funding projects this year that encourage trainee investigators and that support local research departments in recognition of all the effort made by research teams in supporting clinical care throughout the ongoing pandemic period.

For more information contact Val Chip Chase at:

Something totally new

Something totally new

Something totally new FACE AHEAD will bring together the true rock stars of CMF surgery for two intense days of interaction and networking in the beautiful setting of Barcelona.

This unprecedented event is where the top names in CMF will reveal their best-kept secrets—and give hands-on advice—to the next generation of surgeons.

The 2020 summit will explore reconstruction, complications, and innovations from the perspective of personalized medicine.