About this event

  • Date and time Wed 25 May 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This live stream focuses on informing healthcare practitioners and clinicians about the importance of musculoskeletal tumour management and orthopaedic surgery. Join us to explore the factors in which these developments emerge as well as to evaluate how technology increasingly has an impact on surgical developments.

In the first session, delve into a historical review of the contribution by clinicians to the treatment of musculoskeletal tumours, exploring what factors influenced these developments.

The second session will explore the changing role of the surgeon from the 18th century to contemporary practice and will examine those factors which influenced the changes. The lecture will also evaluate the historical influence of individuals in this period.

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During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how contemporary cancer surgery has developed in relation to varying contexts
  • Identify ways in which technological advances have led to increasingly complex surgical treatment
  • Discuss potential issues relating to ethical considerations
  • Evaluate the extent to which innovations permitted further intervention
  • Appreciate how these specialisms have informed surgical knowledge
  • Assess the factors which have promoted this level of innovation

This live stream is available for on-demand viewing. The recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the meeting takes place. 

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Key speakers

Dr Patrick Boland

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Speaker's biography

Dr Patrick Boland is a full-time, Senior Member of the Orthopaedic Service, Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and is Professor (clinical) of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weil Cornell Medical School New York. He specialises in the management of malignant and benign tumours of bones, including those of the spine and pelvis, and in soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities. Dr Boland’s lecture on The evolution of Musculoskeletal Oncology will be based on a historical analysis of how these tumours were treated.

Professor Sean Hughes

President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Imperial College London

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe

President Elect, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine 


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe, President Elect, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine 

The evolution of musculoskeletal oncology

Dr Patrick Boland, Senior Member of the Orthopaedic Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weil Cornell Medical School

Presidential address 2021-2022: In what way has the function of the surgeon changed since the 18th century

Immediate Past President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Imperial College London

Panel discussion

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe

Close of meeting

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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