3D Kinematic Analysis of Copeland Shoulder Arthroplasty

Mr Arpit Jariwala undertook a challenging postgraduate MD research at the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research investigating the 3D kinematic analysis of Copeland Shoulder prosthesis in patients suffering from arthritis in the shoulder. What was even more challenging for Mr Jariwala however was the surprise that his supervisors, Mr Wigderowitz and Professor Abboud, planned for him in asking Professor Steve Copeland, the actual inventor of the shoulder, to be the external examiner! Arpit rose to the challenge and submitted a faultless and excellent presentation and dissertation that merited a straight pass with no changes and a commendation from Professor Copeland.

Professor Abboud took this opportunity to show Professor Copeland around IMAR’s facilities.

“I wish I had some of these outstanding facilities when I was younger pursuing my research and design”, commented Professor Copeland.

Professor Abboud subsequently introduced him to our current batch of MCh (Orth) candidates, who had the opportunity to chat and discuss their course and aspirations.

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One of this year's MCh (Orth) candidates, Pradyumna Rava, wrote to say:

“It was 3rd November, my 34th birthday and what better a birthday present could I get than meeting the legendary Orthopaedic surgeon Professor Copeland in person! This man quite literally has changed the face of Orthopaedics. The Copeland shoulder re-surfacing implant is by far a path-breaking invention in the field of Orthopaedics and Professor Copeland will be known for his work for many generations to come. I was so elated by meeting him that I immediately called my teacher back in India to tell him my experience. Interestingly enough, it turned out that my teacher who himself was trained in the UK, had met Professor Copeland in 1992-93 and had been a registrar assisting him in shoulder resurfacing surgeries then! Oh isn't it a small world. Personally for me, it was a memorable 34th birthday”.