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Swiss Orthopaedic Surgeon to receive RCSEd Honour

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14 Nov 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is to recognise the achievements of one of the world's leading orthopaedic surgeons from the University of Bern, Switzerland at a diploma ceremony being held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 16 November 2012.


Professor Reinhold Ganz is to be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) in recognition of his work and pioneering surgical techniques in the field of hip surgery.


As Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Bern, Switzerland, Professor Ganz is well-known internationally for first developing and performing periacetabular osteotomy (now known as Ganz osteotomy), in 1984 in Bern, and many surgeons from the UK and elsewhere have travelled to Bern to learn from him. He is also currently President of the International Hip Society.


Explaining more about Professor Ganz's nomination to receive the RCSEd Honorary Fellowship, RCSEd Vice President and member of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgical Specialty Group, Professor James Hutchison said:


"Professor Ganz is an international leader in his field, well known amongst his peers for his work on childhood and adult hip disorders. His development of new procedures, such as the Ganz osteotomy, and his involvement in a range of research activities have provided the foundation for ongoing worldwide advancements in hip preservation surgery. I am delighted to welcome Professor Ganz to receive his well-deserved Fellowship of the College." 


At the diploma ceremony, Professor Ganz will join surgeons from around the globe who have travelled to Edinburgh to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of their success in achieving the required standards of the rigorous surgical examinations.


Commenting on receiving his Honorary Fellowship from the College, Professor Ganz said:


"I feel very much honoured to be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It should not go unmentioned that the efforts for joint preserving surgery of the hip would not have become successful without the consistent support of a team of coworkers and I am convinced that the award will further stimulate our endeavour."


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