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.
Membership of SciComm:
- Chair: Roland Russell
- Secretary: Tim Clough
- Member: Raman Dega
- Member: Rajesh Kakwani
- Member: Jitendra Mangwani
- Member: Dave Townshend
- Co-opted: James Ritchie
Roland Russell - Chair Scientific Committee
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.
Elected November 2017
Tim Clough - Scientific Committee Secretary
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.
Elected: November 2014. Re-elected November 2017
Raman Dega is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wexham Park and Heatherwood Hospitals NHS Trust (now part of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust). He trained on the Royal London Hospital Orthopaedic rotation which included working at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore. During his training he worked for two past presidents of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle society. This influenced Mr Dega to specialize in foot and ankle surgery when he was appointed as consultant in 1998. He is a reviewer for the Foot Journal and for the Journal of Bone and Joint. He is a Trainer for Orthopaedics and was a member of the Regional Oxford Orthopaedic Training Committee for ten years.
Elected November 2018
Rajesh Kakwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust where he leads the Foot and Ankle unit. He completed his Higher Surgical Training at the Northern Deanery, gaining the FRCS (Orth) accreditation in 2012. He undertook fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Bristol and Sheffield. Mr Kakwani completed the AO Trauma Fellowship in Hannover, Germany & was awarded BOFAS Travelling fellowship to the Sigvard Hansen Foot and Ankle Unit, Seattle. He is and has been a Clinical and Educational Supervisor for the Orthopaedic Specialty Trainees and teaches in a variety of regional and national courses including the BOFAS Principles Course.
Elected November 2019
Jitendra Mangwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester. He graduated in India and completed his higher surgical training in trauma and orthopaedics in London with a specialist fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. He has a keen research interest. He is committed to medical education and is regularly invited as a faculty to courses and conferences. He runs both national and international foot and ankle surgery courses. He is a member of the Scientific Committee and in this role is co-opted on the Outcomes Committee.
Elected November 2017
David Townshend graduated from Newcastle University and completed his surgical training in the Northern Region. He undertook a research fellowship in New Zealand and Foot and Ankle fellowship in Vancouver, Canada before taking a consultant post with the Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust in 2010. Dave leads an active foot and ankle research team in Northumbria and is an MSc Supervisor for Bath and Dundee Universities.
Elected November 2016. Re-elected November 2019
Mr James Ritchie - Co-opted Scientific Committee
James Ritchie is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon based in Tunbridge Wells and was appointed in 2005. He trained in the SE Thames Region and has undertaken a Specialist Foot & Ankle Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore. He is committed to medical education and runs the South East Thames Foot and Ankle training programme and the Guy's Hospital Foot and Ankle Course .