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Dubai OWC 2012

Plenary Speakers


Freddie H. Fu

“Anatomic ACL Reconstruction: A 30-year perspective”

Dr Freddie H. Fu is the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and certainly one of the most prominent specialists in Sports Medicine.

As well as secondary appointments as Professor of Physical Therapy, Health & Physical Activity, and Mechanical Engineering, and serving as the Head Team Physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, he is also primarily responsible for the conception and oversight of the design and construction of the UPMC Sports Performance Complex (a 60 acre state-of-the-art sports medicine centre), which has a multidisciplinary approach to sports injuries and performance.

Dr Fu’s major research interest lies in clinical outcomes as well as bioengineering of sports-related problems. His research efforts have led to 958 national and international presentations, and editorship of 29 major orthopaedic textbooks. He is also the author or co-author of 428 peer-reviewed articles and 116 book chapters on the management of sports injuries.

He has served numerous national and international academic institutions and societies and is the Immediate Past President of ISAKOS.

Thus far in his prestigious career, Dr Fu has received 200 awards and honours, such as multiple honorary Doctor of Science degrees, honorary Professorships, the prestigious Kappa Delta Award for his shoulder research and, in 2011, the AAOS Diversity Award.

He was voted "Best Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physician"‚ selected through a poll of leading physicians in the "Best Doctors in America". He was also named one of the 100 Pittsburghers of the Century by Pittsburgh Magazine and featured as "Top Doc" on the magazine's cover.


Gamal Ahmed Hosny

“Management of complex lower limb deformities”

Dr Gamal Ahmed Hosny was born in Cairo and graduated from Benha university. He then travelled abroad to work in many centres in Europe, where he undertook several fellowships in Paediatric Orthopaedics in Vienna Speising Hospital in Austria, Leuven University in Belgium, and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford, England.

He developed the El Haram Centre, which belongs to the public service sector, to treat poor patients requiring bone lengthening and deformity correction for free. He was the Chairman of this Centre for about 10 years (1996 to 2006), at which time more than 2,000 handicapped patients were treated. He is well known for being a great proponent of the principles of equity of health care and the right of every human being to receive the best type of treatment. Over the years, he has also trained many young surgeons from Egypt, as well as Africa, the Arab countries and the Middle East.

Dr Hosny is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Benha Faculty of Medicine. He has been working in the field of limb lengthening, limb reconstruction, deformity correction and paediatric orthopaedics for over 25 years. Over the years, he has delivered more than 500 national and international presentations, and is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles or textbook chapters. He is also a reviewer or an editor of many peer-reviewed international journals. His major research interests include congenital deformities, non-union, paediatric orthopaedics, and deformity planning. Dr Hosny has been an invited speaker and a scientific committee member of many meetings organised by international orthopaedic societies, such as SICOT, ASAMI-BR, ASAMI Germany, ASAMI India, British Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS), and many others. Furthermore, he has organised several educational courses, seminars, and conferences around the world.

He is currently the President of ASAMI-BR and the Egyptian Orthopaedic Association (EOA). Moreover, he is the co-Chairman of the Educational Committee of IFPOS and a member of the SICOT Education Committee.

Dr Hosny has developed many innovations during the past two decades, such as a new method of ultrasonography for early diagnosis of hip dysplasia and the treatment of major limb deficiencies without amputation and bone lengthening. His ideas have been adopted by many orthopaedic surgeons throughout the world.

His lecture will be about complex lower limb deformities, which will reveal many new and innovative methods to treat hundreds of the most difficult handicapping deformities successfully at minimal cost, taking into consideration the socioeconomic conditions.


Chitranjan S. Ranawat

“Ten year wear data on a first generation highly cross-linked polyethylene liner in young and active patients”

Born in Sarwania, India, Dr Ranawat received his M.B.B.S and M.S degrees from Indore, Madhya Pradesh - Vikram University. He gained FRCS(C) from Canada and, from 1966 to 1969, completed a fellowship in hand and rheumato-orthopaedic reconstructive surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), New York. From 1969 onwards, Dr Ranawat was appointed attending surgeon and later the director of the hand service and director of the comprehensive arthritis service. In 1994, he moved to Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH) as a Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery until 2008 when he returned to HSS. As well as being Director of the Ranawat Orthopaedic Center (ROC) from 1988 to present, he is also a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and has been visiting professor at different universities over 30 times.

As a leading researcher and clinician, Dr Ranawat is the author of more than 300 articles as well as numerous book chapters on hip and knee surgery. Moreover, he is a prominent member of various professional societies and has held many leadership positions, such as a founding President of the Knee Society (1983-85), and President of the New York Academy of Medicine - Orthopaedic Section (1984), New York Society for Surgery of the Hand (1984), American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (1992-1993), Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Association (1992-1993), Eastern Orthopaedic Association (1991-1994), the Medical Strollers of New York (1996-1997), Medical Board Lenox Hill Hospital (2005-2008) and Hip Society (2010). At present, he is the President of the Eastern Orthopaedic Foundation.

Numerous prestigious awards have been presented to Dr Ranawat throughout his career including the Padma Bhushan from the President of India, Lifetime Excellence Award from Daly College, the Shushruta Award from the Association of Indians in America, the Distinguished Honor Award from the New York Chapter of the Association of Indians in America, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asia-Pacific Arthroplasty Society, and Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Arthroplasty Association. On separate occasions, he has been cited in the New York magazine, by his peers, as one of the top 100 orthopaedic specialists in the United States. Doctors, who have worked with him, describe him as an outstanding surgeon and one of the best in the world with a healing touch.

Many innovative design breakthroughs and applications in total joint replacements during the past two decades can be attributed to Dr Ranawat’s outstanding work. In 1974, he co-developed the total condylar knee implant hailed as revolutionary for correcting deformity and improving patients' quality of life. He has continued to refine the knee implants which resulted in the invention of the PFC modular, PFC-Sigma and RP-PFC PS total knee systems. He developed the Accolade Hip System which is widely used by orthopaedic surgeons throughout the world. Dr Ranawat holds four patents on total joints.


C. Niek van Dijk

“Osteochondral talar defect: the rationale for diagnosis and treatment”

Dr Niek van Dijk is full Professor in Orthopaedics and head of the Orthopaedic Department of the AMC-hospital (Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam) and is specialised in surgery of the ankle and knee, sport traumatology and arthroscopic surgery. He is founder and director of the Orthopaedic Research Centre Amsterdam. Apart from his university position in Amsterdam, he has a position as head of the Foot and Ankle Section in the Clínica Saúde Atlântica – Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal. He has a position as Extraordinary Professor at Minho University, Portugal.

Current board activities include President of ESSKA (European Society for Sport traumatology, Knee surgery and Arthroscopy) 2010-2012 and member of the Medical Committee of the World Squash Federation since 1996.

Among other positions, he has been President of NOF (Nordic Orthopaedic Federation), Vice-President of the Indo-European Arthroscopy/Arthroplasty Foundation, Board Member of ISAKOS (International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine), and Chairman of the Dutch Orthopaedic Association, the Dutch Arthroscopy Association, the Arthroscopy Committee of ESSKA, and the Arthroscopy Committee of ISAKOS.

He is a member of several editorial boards, corresponding member of the Deutschprachige Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arthroskopie (AGA), and honorary member of the Greek Arthroscopy Association (HAA). He is also a corresponding member of the Chilean Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and the Colombian Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.

The research lines of Niek van Dijk focus on ankle and hind foot pathology, arthroscopy and sports traumatology. The title of his thesis is “On diagnostic strategies in patients with severe ankle sprain” (24 March 1994).

Concerning long-term results, several aspects are under research, such as prevention of residual ankle complaints. Diagnostic and therapeutic strategies on chronic ankle injuries have been the focus of research. New minimal invasive operative techniques were developed for treatment of chronic articular and periarticular ankle pathology. In collaboration with the Technical University in Delft, new instruments are being developed and current operative techniques are under research. International collaboration has been institutionalised with Harvard University Boston, MA, United States (Prof Dr J. Jupiter and Dr D. Ring), Duke University, Durham, NC, United States (Prof Dr J. Nunley), Kantonsspital Liestal University of Basel, Switzerland (Prof Dr B. Hintermann), the University of Pittsburgh, KS, United States (Prof Dr S.L-Y. Woo, Prof Dr F.H. Fu), the University of Barcelona, Spain (Prof Dr P. Golanó) and the Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India (Prof Dr S. Arumugam). In all of these collaborations PhD students are involved in the research projects.

Niek van Dijk has published over 250 scientific indexed publications and chapters and presents on average 25 international invited lectures a year. Overall, current research projects involve 25 PhD students.