BOA Travelling Fellowship Award 2014

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, TORT Centre, was honoured to be the recipient of the highly prestigious British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Travelling Fellowship Award for 2014.

This award offered Mr Jariwala the opportunity to visit three prominent orthopaedic centres in North America over a continuous three-week period between 2-18 September 2014. The centres visited were The Mayo Clinic, McMaster University and St Joseph’s Healthcare Centre (SJHC).

This was a fantastic and rare opportunity to meet with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the orthopaedic world, including:

  • Professor Mohit Bhandari - Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma and Surgical Outcomes (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

  • Professor Graham King - Chief of Orthopaedics (SJHC, Ontario, Canada)

  • Dr Ken Faber - Associate Professor and Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon (SJHC, Ontario, Canada).

  • Dr George Athwal - Assistant Professor and Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon (SJHC, Ontario, Canada)

  • Professor Scott Steinmann - Professor of Orthopaedics (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA)

  • Professor Kai-Nan An - Head of Orthopaedic Clinical Research (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA)

  • Professor Kenton Kaufman - Head of Biomechanical Studies (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA)

  • Professor Shawn O’Driscoll - Professor of Orthopaedics (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA)

Mr Jariwala attended orthopaedic theatre days covering many procedures including radial shortening for Keinbock’s disease, ulnar osteotomy for impingement, arthroscopic elbow debridement, in-situ ulnar release for elbow arthritis, radial head replacement with Evolve prosthesis, lateral ligament reconstruction, forearm compartment decompression, radial head fixation, coronoid fixation and medial and lateral collateral ligament fixation.


Left: Mr Jariwala and Professor Steinmann pre-theatre at St Marys Hospital

Mr Jariwala was also invited to present his own research at the Mayo Clinic; ‘Clinical Applications of Musculoskeletal Biomechanical Assessment’ at the monthly research meeting and ‘Kinematic analysis of humeral head resurfacing’ during the monthly orthopaedic meeting. Both presentations were recieved extremely well and generated a lot of interest and discussion ... even though it was a slightly unnerving experience for Arpit as the audience consisted of many of the world’s most renowned and highly distinguished orthopaedic surgeons and scientists. 


Left: Mr Jariwala presenting his research at the Mayo Clinic; Right: a Who's Who of orthopaedics

Mr Jariwala was invited to attend several highly prominent ‘invitation-only’ orthopaedic courses during his visit including ‘Research for Surgeons Course’ in September 2014 at McMaster University. He was also invited to the well-known ‘Mayo Elbow Course: Teach the Trainers’ event held annually. This course is by invitation only with a maximum of 48 emerging elbow surgeons from around the world being invited to attend. Mr Jariwala also discussed the very real possibility of potential collaborations with the University of Dundee and the Institutions he visited including the joint running of courses in the future.

Mr Jariwala stated, “Lucas Neff once said that a perfect honeymoon is one where you meet someone new, fall in love, have fun and move into ultimate togetherness. My BOA Travelling Fellowship was a perfect professional honeymoon, where I met new people exploring new frontiers, falling in love with my speciality all over again and collaborating together with a who’s who of the orthopaedic world in the future”.

Mr Jariwala is an outstanding surgeon, scholar and colleague who has been committed to Orthopaedics in Tayside since 2003. He started with us as far back as 2003 as an MCh (Orth) student and won the Ian Smillie Class Award of Distinction (top MCh award), before progressing to become a Clinical Fellow, then a Clinical Lecturer within our department and most recently appointed in 2013 as Consultant Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon in Tayside. We are fortunate that Arpit decided to return to Tayside after his previous prestigious fellowship at Wrightington Hospital”, stated Professor Rami Abboud. 

Mr Jariwala’s full BOA Report can be viewed HERE.