Inaugural David Rowley memorial lecture

Mr David Finlayson was invited to present the inaugural 'Professor David Rowley memorial lecture' on the MCh (Orth) course at the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery on 25th April 2019.

This memorial lecture was organised by Professor Rami Abboud to honour the memory of Professor David Rowley who sadly passed away on Friday 22 February 2019, aged 67.

Mr Finlayson is a graduate of Aberdeen University and trained in orthopaedics in Scotland, New Zealand, Switzerland and France before becoming a consultant in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, specialising in trauma and hip and knee surgery for 25 years. He was BOA European travelling fellow 1992 and British Orthopaedic Trainees Association Trainer of the Year in 2001. Mr Finlayson initiated, then ran, Inverness ATLS courses for 8 years and was an AO instructor. He was secretary, then chairman of the Scottish Committee for Orthopaedics and Trauma, member of the SAC in T&O for four years and represented UK T&O on the Union Europeane des Medicins Specialists for 8 years. He is now retired from clinical practice but continue to teach, supervise research and review for several journals. He has a major interest in the benefits of exercise and cultural activity on the physical and mental health of the community.

Professor Abboud presented Mr Finlayson with a set of MCh (Orth) engraved crystal whisky glasses and a commemorative framed certificate as a memento of the occasion.

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Left: Professor Abboud presenting Mr Finlayson a token of thanks; Right: Professor David Rowley Memorial Lecture certificate.

Mr Finlayson stated:

“I would like to express my thanks to Professor Abboud for doing me the honour of the invitation to give the first David Rowley memorial lecture. I have much to be grateful to David for since if we had not arrived in our respective posts at about the same time then we'd not have had the rotating registrars and Inverness orthopaedics would not have developed the way it did.”

Professor Abboud, Head of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, added:

“I decided to instigate this annual lecture in memory of my predecessor, colleague, mentor and friend, Professor David I. Rowley who sadly passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. David gave so much to the world of orthopaedics and especially to the Dundee MCh (Orth) course and it is only fitting that we invite a respected academic from the world of orthopaedics each year.”

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Mr Finlayson and Professor Abboud (centre) with Consultants, Trainees and MCh (Orth) candidates.