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Scientific Committee

The aim of the Scientific Committee is to advance study & research in Foot & Ankle surgery.

Key activities of this committee include:

  • Supporting research through the awarding of grants.
  • Facilitating surveys of the BOFAS membership.
  • Abstract reviews for both the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and BOFAS annual scientific meetings.
  • Award of prizes for the best podium and poster presentations at the annual scientific meeting.
  • Support in finishing scientific papers for publication.
  • Development of national practice guidelines.
  • Development of commissioning pathways.
  • Guidance in HRG coding.

Mr Chris Blundell President

Chris Blundell specialises only in adult foot and ankle conditions. He is a consultant in Sheffield. He carried out two fellowships in foot and ankle surgery  in  Melbourne,  Australia  in  2001/2.   He was  awarded  an  MD  for research  into  foot  pressures.    He is a Sheffield graduate  whose  higher surgical training was in Cambridge and Norwich.  He is Clinical Lead for the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit, and Chairman of Sheffield Orthopaedics Limited.

Mr Dave Townshend

David Townshend specialises in foot and ankle surgery in which he has experience in all aspects including bunion surgery, minimally invasive foot surgery, arthritis, ankle replacement and revision ankle replacement, sports injuries and ankle arthroscopy.  Mr Townshend is the trust’s lead clinician for foot and ankle surgery.  He is actively involved in research including ankle arthritis, arthroscopic ankle fusion, ankle replacement, and achilles tendon disorders.

Elected: 11/16

Matt Solan (Chairman SciComm)

Matthew Solan graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1992 and completed his training in Oxford, Guildford and London. He has worked overseas in South Africa and at the Universities of Johns Hopkins and Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

His NHS post is at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. He has Research links with the University of Surrey.

Matt has published extensively on foot and ankle surgery. He teaches on National and International Course. His training commitments include being Program Director for both Orthopaedic Surgery and Core Surgical Training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Examining for the Intercollegiate Board FRCS(Tr&Orth). 

Guildford. Elected 11/09 & 11/12

Roland Russell (Secretary SciComm)

Roland Russell is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford where he heads the foot and ankle unit and is clinical lead in orthopaedic research. He has established strong links with The Anglia Ruskin University where he is involved in ongoing foot and ankle research. Roland qualified at The London Hospital and trained on the North West Thames Rotation. He has undertaken both national and international foot and ankle fellowships and is a reviewer of the European Journal, Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Broomfield. Elected 11/12

Robert Clayton

Robert Clayton moved to Edinburgh in 1994 and graduated in 2000. He undertook Basic and Higher Surgical training in the South East Scotland region. He undertook fellowship training in Foot & Ankle surgery in Glasgow in 2009 before taking up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Fife in 2010. He has a highly specialised elective and trauma foot and ankle practice. He has an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and orthopaedic research. He is a committee member of the Foot and Ankle Scotland group and has served on faculty at numerous courses and conferences in the region.

Elected: 11/14

Tim Clough

Tim Clough graduated from St Andrews, Scotland and Manchester in 1992, gained specialist training in Manchester before completing his Fellowship training in Canada.  He was appointed Consultant F+A surgeon at Wrightington Hospital in 2003.   He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford and is committed to both research and medical education, sitting on the R+D Committee of his NHS Trust, is regular Faculty member to Courses and Conferences, runs a F+A Cadaver workshop, lectures on the Biomechanics programme at the University of Dundee, is a member of the International Advisory Board for ‘The Foot’ and is a reviewer for the journal.   

Wrightington. Elected: 11/14

Anthony Perera

Anthony Perera trained in orthopaedics on the Birmingham and Warwick programmes. He received a BOFAS fellowship award for full fellowships undertaken in Baltimore with Mark Myerson and Dublin with Michael Stephens during 2008. He was appointed to a highly specialised foot and ankle practice at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.  He has a keen interest in research and has completed a number of studies as well as supervising an NIHSCR MD and a number of other on-going studies. He teaches on a number of national and international courses. 

Elected: 11/14

Heath Taylor - Treasurer

Heath Taylor graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1994 and completed his Orthopaedic training on the North West Thames training rotation. He carried out his fellowship in complex foot and ankle surgery at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He is currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Foot & Ankle surgery at The Royal Bournemouth & Poole Hospitals. He takes a particular interest in training the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons and in 2012 was voted the Wessex Region Trainer of the Year.

Elected Treasurer: Nov 2015

Edward V Wood - IT Committee

Mr Edward V Wood is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon working in Chester and was appointed in 2009.  He trained in Mersey Region and has undertaken a Specialist Foot & Ankle Fellowship.  He is involved in SpR training and has an interest in Postgraduate Medical Education.

Re-elected: 11/14

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