The TORT Centre is a modern, purpose-built unit, which incorporates the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) and the Tayside Rehabilitation & Engineering Services where there is a unique blend of surgeons, bioengineers and allied healthcare professionals, providing trauma surgery and specialised clinics on the premises.
The department has a tradition of teaching and research in the field of mechanisms of disease, treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, biomechanics, biomedical engineering and rehabilitation engineering. The founder, Professor Ian Smillie, gained a worldwide reputation in knee surgery and the role of the meniscus. His successor, Professor George Murdoch, founded and developed the Dundee Limb Fitting Centre and the Tayside Rehabilitation Engineering Services, which have acquired an international reputation for the treatment of the amputee and assessment of gait analysis. His successor, Professor David Rowley, sustained the department’s international reputation and innovation in the area of joints replacement complemented by a worldwide service in Clinical Audit Outcomes. The current Professor and Head of Department, Rami J Abboud is the Director of the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) Course, the founder and current Director of IMAR and has developed a number of ground-breaking initiatives originating with the establishment of the Foot Pressure Analysis Clinic and Laboratory in 1993 and subsequently IMAR in 2003, and most recently the accreditation of the MCh Orth Course by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in July 2013.
In 1990 the Distance Learning Section was established and now has over 150 students from all over the world studying its programmes. Furthermore the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) Course and the Intercalated BMSc Honours Degree in Applied Orthopaedic Technology have been added to complete a comprehensive portfolio of research and taught courses designed to meet the growing demand for education in the rapidly developing field of musculoskeletal medicine, biomechanics and surgery. The Clinical Audit Services coordinate several important clinical audit studies, in association with various companies and health boards. The department holds major UK and European grants concerned with motion analysis and clinical audit in a range of different orthopaedic and biomechanical related pathologies.