Colloquium for the retirement of Professor David Marsh

Professor David Marsh

A Who’s Who in academia, politics and orthopaedics have gathered at the Royal College of Surgeons to celebrate the retirement of Professor David Marsh.

At the meeting, entitled, “Academic orthopaedic surgery and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital: the future”, 15 esteemed speakers addressed the audience of more than 150 guests covering science and the orthopaedic surgeon, national trauma and fragility fracture issues; internationalism and training and the future for the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH), in the context of a world leading musculoskeletal programme for UCL Partners.

The UCLP programme has the capability of addressing musculoskeletal care across primary to secondary and tertiary care for a population of up to nine million people in North Central London.

Chris Moran, Professor of Orthopaedics from Nottingham, said: “Changing the NHS is not easy. It takes a man with a vision, to build a network, attract political will and find the money to change process.

“Professor Marsh did this with the National Hip Fracture Database, which subsequently informed the Best Practice Tariff at the Department of Health."

National Trauma Tzar for the Department of Health, Professor Keith Willett, continued: “Professor Marsh’s actions have driven one of the most successful cost saving initiatives in the NHS to date and has led to vast improvements to patient care and saved thousands of patient’s lives."

Professor Karsten Dreinhöfer, from Berlin said: “Professor Marsh’s international ambassadorship for the Bone and Joint Decade has made an immense contribution to global orthopaedics."

The event was summarised by Rob Hurd, Chief Executive at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, who formally thanked Professor Marsh for his contribution: “Professor Marsh, has brought to the RNOH research infrastructure, research governance, translational teams and helped to establish wide networks across UCL and afar."

He continued, “David has made an outstanding contribution to both UCL and the RNOH and has taken us from an era of major uncertainty five years ago, to one of clear vision, direction and a bright future.”

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