New Year’s Honours for RNOH consultant
A consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to medicine.
Mr Andy Goldberg, a specialist in the foot and ankle reconstruction unit, said he is honoured to have received Royal recognition.
"I feel strongly that it belongs to all the brilliant teams of people I have worked with over the last ten years; such recognition makes all the hard work worthwhile,” he said.
“I feel that the achievements to date are really only just the beginning and I am honoured to have joined the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at a very important time in its development, with a new hospital on the horizon and a very exciting future."
Mr Goldberg OBE’s recognition comes after suffering an injury in 2001, which could have ended his career. During his absence of more than two years from work, he set up Medical Futures, which aims to help healthcare professionals to turn their innovative ideas into reality.
Mr Goldberg OBE said he is passionate about helping others and he is acutely aware that many healthcare professionals have great ideas but they invariably lack time, knowledge and guidance to turn them into reality.
“I recruited a team of people to help run Medical Futures, while I concentrated on clinical commitments,” he said.
“Over the last ten years, Medical Futures has gone from strength to strength and has run events that have enabled thousands of clinicians to learn the steps necessary to progress their ideas.
“We work closely with many of the forward thinking royal colleges and associations such as the British Orthopaedic Association, as well as with the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health.
“The Medical Futures Innovation Awards has bestowed more than 40 awards since it began and more than £80 million has been raised as investment or grants by the winners.
“Several have gone on to become very successful businesses or products that are now on the market and are changing patients' lives.
“At the end of the day, while I am passionate about helping enable others’ ideas, I remain dedicated to patient care and since getting back to clinical work I have always strived to achieve clinical excellence.”
Speaking of when he will collect his award, Mr Goldberg OBE, said: “It will be exciting and an immense honour to collect an award from the Queen and hopefully provide some kudos to my family who have supported me in all I have ever tried to do.”