One of the founding principles of the society is education. This committee's purpose is to support BOFAS in this.
BOFAS is of the view that education should be inclusive of trainees as well as established medical practitioners, our colleagues in podiatry, physiotherapy and in nursing.
We as health care professionals share a desire to bring about the best possible outcomes for the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems.
BOFAS considers that a unified educational framework is one way by which we can achieve this goal.
Our strategy for the future is:
- To strengthen our educational framework in conjunction with the BOA
- To provide comprehensive information to patients and GP's on foot and ankle problems
- To establish partnerships with countries outside the UK for education in foot and ankle surgery
- To develop and support training standards in foot and ankle surgery amongst all health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems so as to ensure the highest quality of care for such patients.
Membership of EdComm:
- Chair: Callum Clark
- Overseas Comm: Tim Williams
- Secretary: Anna Chapman
- Member: Graham Chuter
- Member: Howard Davies
- Member: Venu Kavarthapu
- Member: Nikki Kelsall
- Member: Krishna Vemulapalli
- Member: Verity Currall
- Member: Maneesh Bhatia
- Member: Vivek Dhukaram
- Co-opted: Yaser Ghani
Callum Clark - Chair
Callum Clark graduated from Cambridge and completed his orthopaedic training in the north west London training programme, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and Melbourne, Australia. He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals in 2004 and has a busy foot and ankle surgical practice. He has run an accredited postgraduate Foot and Ankle fellowship programme since 2007, regularly teaches at regional and national courses is co-convenor of a Foot and Ankle Trauma course for SpRs. Elected to EdComm 2013 and 2016.
Chair: March 2022
Tim Williams - Overseas Committee
Tim Williams graduated from Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical School in 1999, completed his surgical training in London and East Anglia before undertaking his fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He was appointed as Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Colchester in 2011. Here he has established a working and educational relationship with the British army garrison, supporting the Regional Rehabilitation Unit. His education interests include training junior doctors as well as allied healthcare practitioners and he has taught on the Oxbridge theatre personnel course. In 2015 he was invited faculty to the inaugural foot and ankle meeting in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Elected November 2015. Re-elected November 2018
Anna Chapman - Secretary
Anna Chapman is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwickshire with a specialist interest in Foot and Ankle surgery. She qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals School of Medicine in London, and completed her orthopaedic training on the Warwick rotation. She undertook Fellowship training in Bournemouth and Bristol, and was appointed as a Consultant in 2012. She completed a Masters Degree in Medical Education at the University of Warwick in 2010 and continues to pursue her interest in all things educational. Anna is currently the Training Programme Director for the Warwick Orthopaedic Specialist Training Programme.
Elected: November 2015 (deferred one year). Re-elected November 2019
Graham Chuter is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working in Darlington since 2012. He graduated from Dundee University, trained in the Northern Deanery and was selected for a specialist fellowship in Melbourne. One of three F&A surgeons in County Durham & Darlington Trust, he takes the lead in ankle arthroplasty and has been local PI for multicentre trials. His practice is elective adult foot & ankle and general and specialist trauma. He has been heavily involved in education and training throughout his medical career and is faculty on many national and international courses.
Elected November 2019
Howard Davies graduated from Manchester University and completed his Orthopaedic training in Leeds and the East of England. He undertook a Foot & Ankle Fellowship in Sheffield and joined the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit as a Consultant and honorary clinical lecturer in 2013. He is a regional clinical co-ordinator for the National joint registry and regularly teaches on regional and national courses.
Elected November 2018
Venu Kavarthapu graduated from India and completed his higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics from south-east Thames rotation before his appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in King's College Hospital, London in 2006. In addition to providing adult foot and ankle service, he established the functional limb salvage Charcot foot reconstruction service at King’s multi-disciplinary diabetic foot unit that is recognised nationally. He lectures nationally and internationally and established the ‘Multidisciplinary and Surgical Reconstruction of Charcot Foot’ symposium and ‘Charcot Foot Reconstruction Cadaver Workshop’ in London. He is actively involved in research and published several scientific articles in foot and ankle. His other responsibilities include regional orthopaedic training programme director and associate professor, University of Southern Denmark. He is also the current President elect of A-DFS.
Elected November 2019
Nikki Kelsall is a consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She has a specialist interest in Foot and ankle surgery and is the lead for Diabetic foot disease. She graduated from Bristol University in 2001 and completed her Orthopaedic training in Wessex. Her fellowship was in Bournemouth. She was appointed as a consultant in 2015. Nikki completed her Master of Arts in Medical Education in 2014 at Winchester University. She is the STC representative for Poole & Bournemouth Hospitals and regularly runs regional teaching and mock exams.
Elected November 2019
Krishna Vemulapalli graduated from India and completed his Higher Surgical Training from The Royal London Hospital and Percivall Potts Rotation before his appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedics Surgeon at Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust( BHRUT). He specialises in Foot and Ankle surgery and Orthopaedic surgery for Children. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University, London. He is passionate about teaching and was instrumental in getting the Queens Hospital 'Training Hospital of the Year 2014' and 2nd runner-up in 2020 for Orthopaedics. He also has won several awards for outstanding patient Care and Teaching including ‘Trainer of Year 2015’ and ‘Highly Commended Clinical Supervisor of the year-PGMDE-UCL partners 2016’. He is a Clinical Lead of the department and chief architect for BONES (BHRUT Orthopaedics NHS Elective Surgery) Project which is a pioneer NHS High Volume week performing 135 Hip & Knee arthoplasties and 85 day cases in a week.
Elected March 2021
Verity trained in Bristol as far as fellowships, which were in Windsor and King’s College Hospital. She has been a consultant in Luton and Dunstable Hospital since 2016. She is the Trust T&O Education Lead and also the Undergraduate Lead for Surgery. She was elected to EdComm in 2022.
Elected March 2022
Mr Maneesh Bhatia is a consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at University Hospitals Leicester since 2009. He is a member of the scientific committee of European Foot and Ankle Society. He is currently the link person between BOFAS and EFAS and is helping to organise educational events for young foot and ankle surgeons. His book on musculoskeletal injections won the BMA best book award in 2021 and his most recent book “Essentials of foot and ankle surgery “ has been nominated for BMA best book award for 2022 and is being translated in Chinese.
Elected March 2022
Vivek Dhukaram has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire since 2010. He qualified from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India and completed Orthopaedic higher surgical training on the Glasgow & South Trent rotation. He undertook foot and ankle fellowships from Nottingham and RNOH Stanmore and was awarded BOFAS & EFAS travelling fellowships. He established the foot and ankle unit in Coventry. His practice includes all aspects of foot & ankle surgery, with special interest in deformity correction. He regularly teaches on regional and national courses as well as being an examiner for FRCS Orth.
Elected March 2022
Yaser Ghani - Co-opted Member
Yaser Ghani graduated from University College London and completed his orthopaedic training on the Stanmore Rotation, London. He is undertaking The Windsor, Imperial and Oxford Foot & Ankle fellowships. He has a keen interest in education and research and has organised various medical and surgical revision courses. He was appointed as the Stanmore rotation teaching and education coordinator and was instrumental in reorganising the rotation teaching including the annual mock FRCS Viva days. He initiated the BOFAS ‘Lectures of Distinction’ Webinar series with the BOFAS Educational Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic and became the first non-consultant to become part of the BOFAS Education Committee in March 2021.
Co-opted March 2021