Top surgeons visit Murdoch

Image: Piers Yates, John Fogarty, Rajiv Gandi, Sanjeev Kakar and Allen Wang.

Image: Piers Yates, John Fogarty, Rajiv Gandi, Sanjeev Kakar and Allen Wang.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital was one of a few destinations for two visiting North American Orthopaedic Fellows, Rajiv Gandhi from Toronto Western Hospital and Sanjeev Kakar from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Their visit was part of the prestigious American-British-Canadian (ABC) travelling Fellowship which has been running since 1948. Every year, selected consultant surgeons visit the best orthopaedic facilities in the world to gain and share further insight into their field with their global counterparts.

Professor Piers Yates from Orthopaedics WA, who hosted the Fellows in Perth and was a Fellow himself in 2012, says the visits are an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas about surgical techniques and promote leadership within the countries.

“The Fellowship brings the best surgeons in the world together to discuss and share ideas about procedures, technology and mentoring,” Professor Yates says.

“We all have strengths in different areas so by working together we can contribute to improving and maintaining a high global standard for orthopaedics.”

CEO St John of God Murdoch Hospital John Fogarty says the Fellowship is an important way for surgeons to collaborate and keep abreast of developments in the field.

“We were honoured to have Doctors Gandhi and Kakar visit our hospital,” Mr Fogarty says.

“The Fellowship promotes communication between orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe that assists us in the provision of high quality care for our patients.”

Seven surgeons in total were in Perth for 24 hours as part of a six week tour of Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The surgeons gave lectures at Fiona Stanley Hospital, visited a number of hospitals, and for some Australian culture, enjoyed surf boats at North Cottesloe beach.


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