Ian Smillie MCh (Orth) Award 2014-2015

Dr Calvin Mathias was presented with the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery’s ‘Ian Smillie Class Award of Distinction’ from Professor Rami Abboud. This prestigious prize is awarded annually to the Master of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (MCh Orth) degree student who has attained the highest overall mark for the year.

The award is named after the late Professor Ian Smillie who gained a worldwide reputation in knee surgery and the role of the meniscus. In 2007 Professor Smillie was posthumously awarded the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) highest honour - entry to the ‘AOSSM Hall of Fame’ for his significant contributions to the specialty of Sports Medicine.

Professor Abboud, MCh (Orth) Course Director and Head of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, added:

"Calvin should be very proud of his achievements this year. He now belongs to a small select band of orthopaedic surgeons who have won this highly respected award, with many previous recipients going on to achieve highly successful clinical and academic careers. Not only did he win this year’s ‘Ian Smillie Award’ but he also won the ‘David Rowley Presentation Skills Award’ for 2014-2015. His work on all aspects of the MCh (Orth) course throughout the year has been exemplary and goes to show what hard work, application and dedication can achieve. The implant design that he developed as part of his degree is being submitted for a patent, indicating the high level of support we offer our MCh (Orth) candidates in their endeavour to achieve orthopaedic excellence. We all wish Calvin every success in his future career and genuinely hope that he stays in touch with us here at the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery.”