About this event

  • Date and time Tue 21 Feb 2023 from 8:30am to 23 Feb 2023 at 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Orthopaedics

The popular annual RSM Orthopaedic trauma symposium is back in a face-to-face format. The well-established symposium provides a comprehensive update on evidence-based management and operative techniques in orthopaedic trauma for practising surgeons and a concurrent basic science primer for surgeons in training. Also, don't forget to join us for the event's dinner right after the lectures on Day 1. Book your place for it by clicking here.

The successful interactive format includes short lectures, case-based discussions and demonstrative surgical masterclasses over a 3-day programme where the distinguished faculty will share their knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of clinically relevant topics. Days 1 and 2 consist of two streams: The first stream focuses on the main program of relevant, common topics delivered by opinion leaders and experts, whereas the second one will focus on a concurrent didactic program aimed at middle-grade attendees preparing for their examination as well as established surgeons looking to refresh their knowledge. Participants from both streams will be able to attend the main keynote lectures. Day 3 is a single-stream event.

Get 30% OFF when booking for two days or 40% OFF for three days.

Upon completion of this year's programme, participants can expect:

  • An update on the evidence-based use of bone substitutes in acute & reconstructive fracture surgery
  • Learn how to avoid iatrogenic nerve injury in upper limb trauma & understand the principles of nerve repair
  • Learn new principles for young adult proximal femoral fractures
  • Take-away algorithm for paediatric femoral shaft fractures  
  • Apply new anatomical & mechanical concepts for the fixation of tibial plateau fractures  
  • Understand recent biochemical & clinical advances in polytrauma care  
  • Appreciate management strategies for elderly ankle fracture-dislocations 
  • Identify indications for conservative or surgical management of common hand fractures, including scaphoid 
  • Critical condition updates: compartment syndrome, neurovascular injury, necrotising fasciitis 
  • Spinal trauma overview for the non-spinal surgeon including cauda equina & metastatic compression 

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We would like to thank our sponsors Acumed, BONESUPPORT and Smith+Nephew for their support of this meeting. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.



Early bird pricing available until 03 February 2023.

30% OFF for 2 days and 40% OFF for 3 days

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RSM Fellow
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£77.00 Day 1
£77.00 Day 2
£77.00 Day 3
RSM Associate
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£46.00 Day 1
£46.00 Day 2
£46.00 Day 3
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£46.00 Day 1
£46.00 Day 2
£46.00 Day 3
RSM Trainee
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£46.00 Day 1
£46.00 Day 2
£46.00 Day 3
RSM Student
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£24.00 Day 1
£24.00 Day 2
£24.00 Day 3

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£141.00 Day 1
£141.00 Day 2
£141.00 Day 3
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£84.00 Day 1
£84.00 Day 2
£84.00 Day 3
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£84.00 Day 1
£84.00 Day 2
£84.00 Day 3
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
£44.00 Day 1
£44.00 Day 2
£44.00 Day 3

Key speakers

Professor Heather Vallier

Professor Heather Vallier

Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Speaker's biography

Dr Heather A Vallier is a native of Wisconsin. She graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University in 1989, receiving a BA in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she received Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Research. She completed her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

She was recruited to the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland in 2001. She is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. In 2007 she was awarded the inaugural C. L. Nash M.D. Professorship in Orthopaedic Education.

Dr Vallier has lectured nationally and internationally on her research and on fracture techniques on hundreds of occasions. She has published over 200 journal articles and 23 book chapters. She has also been awarded for teaching at both basic and advanced fracture courses, and as Educator of the Year in 2020 by the residents of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Vallier has received many research grants over the past several years, including an award from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association to study the effects of surgical timing in multiply-injured patients, and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, involved in numerous multicenter trials evaluating injury treatment and outcomes.

She is the Past-President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and has served for several years within the OTA, on the Board of Directors and as the inaugural Chair of the Publications Committee. She is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. She also enjoys mentoring and advising students and residents and served as the Director of Education in Orthopaedic Surgery at MetroHealth from 2002-2009 and 2012-2015. In 2013 she founded the Trauma Recovery Services program at MetroHealth and served as the Medical Director through 2022.

Dr Vallier lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband, Jeffrey Simske. They have two adult children. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, gardening, cooking, and playing the piano.

Professor Peter Giannoudis

Professor Peter V Giannoudis

Professor and Chairman, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Leeds

Speaker's biography

Professor Peter Giannoudis is the Professor and Chairman of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery (tenured post) at the Medical School of the University of Leeds, UK.  He has served in positions of responsibility including, President of the British Trauma Society (2003-2007), President of the European Society of Pelvis and Acetabulum (2007-2012), President of the European Society Tissue Regeneration in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (2018-onwards), Chair of the International Committee of Orthopaedic Trauma Association (USA) (2012-2019), Trustee of the British Orthopaedic Association (2017-2020), and Editor in Chief of Injury Journal (2010- onwards). He has been awarded research grants in the sum  of over £12,000,000. He has published 750 peer review publications and 14 Orthopaedic and Trauma textbooks. His H-index is 121 with 54,004 citations. Professor Giannoudis is a regular international keynote speaker having delivered over 400 lectures around the world.

Professor Joseph Dias

Consultant Hand Surgeon and Professor Orthopaedics, Leicester University

Mr Fergal Monsell

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children


View the programme 21 February 2023

Registration, tea and coffee

Stream 1: Young adult proximal femoral fractures

Chair: Mr Michael Pearse, President, Orthopaedics Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Senior Lecturer and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare London

Stream 2: Basic science of orthopaedic trauma I

Chair: Mr Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare London

9:00am: Debate: Open or closed reduction of neck of femur fractures

Get it perfect-open and plate the neck if necessary - Professor Heather Vallier, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Perfect is the enemy of good - keep the neck fracture closed - Mr Michael Pearse

9:00am: How bones break - the mechanics of skeletal trauma

Dr Spyros Masouros, Reader in Injury Biomechanics, Imperial College London

9:20am: Discussion and voting
9:25am: Radiology of orthopaedic trauma

Dr Dimitri Amiras, Musculoskeletal Consultant Radiologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


9:30am: Subtrochanteric fractures – predicting problems

Professor Peter V Giannoudis, Professor and Chairman, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Leeds

9:35am: Fracture healing

Ms Jayne Ward, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital Coventry

9:45am: Neck and shaft fractures - my way

Professor Heather Vallier

9:45am: Principles of plate fixation

Mr Ash Vasireddy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kings College Hospital

10:00am: Discussion and cases

Mr Michael Pearse

10:00am: Principles of nailing

Mr Rajarshi Bhattacharya

10:15am Principles of external fixation

Mr Ash Vasireddy     

Tea and coffee break

Stream 1: Plateau fractures

Chair: To be confirmed

Stream 2: Basic science of orthopaedic trauma II and paediatrics femoral shaft fractures I

Chair: Mr Fergal Monsell, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

11:00am: Knee dislocations - not to be missed

Professor Heather Vallier

11:00am: The case for non-operative management

Mr Martin F Gargan, Clinical Chair and Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

11:10am: New anatomical and mechanical concepts in plateau fixation

Professor Peter V Giannoudis

11:10am: The case for elastic nailing

Mr Matthew Barry, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southampton General Hospital

11:25am: Nail and plate fixation - planning is key

Ms Jayne Ward

11:20am: The case for plating

Mr Khaled Sarraf, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare Trust


11:35am When all else fails - circular frame and plateau fractures

Mr Michael Pearse

11:30am Case discussion and consensus
11:45am Cases and discussion

Keynote lecture: Bone grafting and beyond

Chair: Mr Michael Pearse

The induced membrane technique

Professor Peter V Giannoudis

Lunch and masterclasses
1:15pm: Masterclass 1 - Elastic nailing of paediatric long bone fractures

Mr Matthew Barry and Mr Khaled Sarraf

Stream 1: New techniques and technologies

Chair: Mr Michael Pearse

Stream 2: Basic science of orthopaedic trauma III and paediatric II

Chair: Mr Martin Gargan

2:00pm: What's new in orthopaedic trauma? The view from across the pond

Professor Heather Vallier

2:00pm: If blood has got out, germs have got in - the management of paediatric open fractures

Mr Matthew Barry

2:15pm: Orthobiologics in 2023 - what works?

Professor Peter V Giannoudis

2:15pm: The boy who stopped growing - physeal, femoral neck and fractures

Mr Khaled Sarraf

2:30pm: Below knee or foot amputation after severe foot trauma? Lessons from the OUTLET study

Dr Wade Gordon, Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery, Las Vegas VA Medical Center

2:30pm: A badly behaved monteggia - tips and tricks for difficult elbow injuries

Mr Martin Gargan

2:45pm: Osseointegration for transfemoral amputation - ready for mainstream?

Dr Kevin Tetsworth, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital

2:45pm: Cast wedging of paediatric fractures: A lost art?

Mr Khaled Sarraf

3:00pm Direct anterior approach for hip hemiarthroplasty: Training and results

Mr Kartik Logishetty, National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Imperial College London

3:00pm: Cases and discussion

Mr Martin Gargan

3:20pm Case based discussion
Tea and coffee break

Keynote lecture: Managing polytrauma in 2023

From basic science to clinical care

Professor Heather Vallier

Close of main meeting

5:00pm - 5:45pm How to succeed at the 2023 ST3 T and O interviews

Session aims to maximise performance at the online interviews (portfolio, clinical and prioritisation). With top tips, analysis of common questions and video examples of good and poor performances.

Ms Jayne Ward and Mr Martin Taylor, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Leeds Royal Infirmary

View the programme 22 February 2023

Registration, tea and coffee

Stream 1: Elbow trauma

Chair: Mr Sanjeeve Sabharwal, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Imperial College NHS Trust

Stream 2: Basic science of orthopaedic trauma IV

Chair: Mr Michael Pearse, President, Orthopaedics Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Senior Lecturer and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare London

9:00am: Radial head fractures – when and how to fix

Mr Lee Van Rensburg, Orthopaedic Consultant, Cambridge University Hospital

9:00am: Priorities in polytrauma

Ms Jayne Ward, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital Coventry

9:15am: Radial head fractures - when and how to replace

Mr Abbas Rashid, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College Hopsital

9:15am: Pathological fractures

Mr Ash Vasireddy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kings College Hospital

9:30am: Debate: Optimal fixation of elderly olecranon fractures

Tension band wiring - Mr Lee Van Rensburg

Suture fixation - Mr Abbas Rashid

9:30am: Bone loss, non-union and malunion

Mr Enis Guryel, Consultant Trauma Surgeon, Royal Sussex County Hospital

9:50am: Discussion and voting
9:45am: Fracture related infection

Mr Martin Taylor, Orthopaedic Consultant, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

10:00am: Cases and discussion

Mr Sanjeeve Sabharwal

10:15am: Case based discussion
Tea and coffee break

Stream 1: Wrist and hand - what's new?

Chair: Miss Lily Li, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare


Stream 2: Basic science of orthopaedic trauma V

Chair: Mr Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare London

11:00am: Malunion elderly wrist fractures: Much ado about nothing

Mr Michael Pearse

11:00am: Orthoplastic management of open fractures: Meeting the NICE guidance

Ms Jayne Ward and Ms Katy Wallis, Consultant Plastic and Breast Oncology Microsurgeon, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

11:10am: Current concepts: Common hand fractures - conservative management fractures

Mr Grey Giddins, Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon, Royal United Hospitals Bath

11:45am: Compartment syndrome: A practical guide

Ms Jayne Ward and Ms Katy Wallis

11:25am: Current concepts: Common hand fractures - operative management

Mr Maxim Horwitz, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

11:45am Necrotising fasciitis: What orthopds need to know

Ms Katy Wallis

11:40am: Cases and discussion
12:00pm: Cases and discussion

Keynote lecture

A swift tour of scaphoid trauma

Professor Joseph Diaz, Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, University Leicester

Lunch and masterclasses
1:15pm: Masterclass 1: Retrograde femoral nailing

Professor Heather Vallier, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

1:15pm: Masterclass 2: Circular external fixation with Smart TSF

Mr Edward Matthews

Stream 1: Nerve injury in upper limb trauma

Chair: Mr Tom Quick, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Peripheral Nerve Injury Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital    

Stream 2: Basic science orthopaedic trauma VI: Spinal injury

Chair: Mr Kevin Tsang, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

2:00pm: Neurological examination of the upper limb

Mr Tom Quick

2:00pm: Clinical assessment of the injured spine

Mr Kevin Tsang

2:15pm: Principles of acute nerve injury and repair

Mr Graham Lawton, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare

2:15pm: Radiological assessment of the injured spine

Professor Elizabeth Dick, Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Imperial College Healthcare London

2:30pm: Shoulder - delta-pectoral or deltoid split - what’s at risk?

Mr Lee Van Rensburg

2:25pm: Cauda equina syndrome - national guidelines

Mr Kevin Tsang

2:45pm: Radial nerve and humeral shaft fractures

Professor Heather Vallier

2:35pm: New concepts in spinal stability

Mr Cheong Hung Lee, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Imperial Healthcare Trust

3:00pm: Avoiding nerve injury in elbow and forearm trauma

Mr Lee Van Rensburg

2:45pm: Operative principles spinal fixation

Mr Cheong Hung Lee

3:15pm: Complex regional pain syndrome after upper limb trauma

Mr Carlos Heras-Palou, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pulvertaft Hand Centre Derby          

3:00pm: Cases and discussion
3:25pm: Cases and discussion

Mr Michael Pearse

Keynote lecture

Building resilience and transforming recovery after trauma

Professor Heather Vallier

Close of day
View the programme 23 February 2023

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Foot and ankle trauma: Open ankle fracture-dislocations in the elderly - a perfect storm

Mr Michael Pearse, President, Orthopaedics Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Senior Lecturer and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare London

Soft-tissue options

Mr Arvind Mohan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare

External fixation and staged internal fixation

Mr Raju Ahluwalia, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kings College Hospital    

Single stage surgery

Mr Enis Gruyel, Consultant Trauma Surgeon, Royal Sussex County Hospital

Use a nail

Professor Nima Heidari, Consultant Foot, Ankle and Limb Reconstruction Surgeon, Chief, Bone Infection and Limb Reconstruction Unit, Royal London Hospital, Bartshealth NHS Trust

Case based discussion and consensus
Tea and coffee break

Gunshot fractures: Problems and solutions

Chair: Mr Enis Guryel

Ballistic injury principles and practise

Mr Graham Lawton, Consultant Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The US experience

Professor Heather Vallier, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Cases and discussion

Compartment syndrome

Making the diagnosis

Mr Graham Lawton

Debate: One or two incision fasciotomy

One incision is all you need - Professor Heather Vallier

Two incisions are safer - Ms Jayne Ward

Voting, cases and discussion
Lunch and masterclass

1:20pm: Tibial plateau fractures

Mr Enis Gruyel

Limb reconstruction strategies for acute lower limb trauma

Chair: Mr Michael Pearse

Get it straight first time: Deformity analysis in pre-op planning

Mr Enis Gruyel

Assessing rotation in segmental and bilateral fractures

Mrs Jayne Ward

New technologies for critical defects

Mr Enis Gruyel

The floating knee - how I do it

Professor Heather Vallier

Cases and discussion
Close of meeting



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