Prof Mason delivers prestigious lecture

Professor Lyndon Mason, Consultant Surgeon in the Liverpool Orthopaedic and Trauma Service, recently gave his Hunterian lecture to the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Conference in Aberdeen.

He had presented it virtually in 2020, however he was given the opportunity to present the lecture live in 2021, wearing the Royal College of Surgeons regalia. The Hunterian lecture is a requirement of the Hunterian Professorship, a prestigious award given by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Named after John Hunter, the pioneering surgeon scientist, the Hunterian Professorship has been awarded annually by the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 1810. The Hunterian Lectureship is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to surgical or dental science.

The work of candidates is carefully considered by an expert committee and Prof Mason received the accolade for his pioneering work on ankle fractures, specifically posterior malleolar fractures, at the Aintree University Hospital and the University of Liverpool.

Prof Mason said: “It was an incredible experience to give my Hunterian lecture at the BOA, to have my work recognised at the highest level. I was delighted to be able to share the work we’ve been doing at Aintree and the University of Liverpool, and our learning, with peers from across the UK. The Hunterian Professorship is a great honour for myself but also our foot and ankle and University team. This award would not have been possible without my colleague Mr Andy Molloy, staff at the University of Liverpool and numerous junior members.”

Prof Mason's ground-breaking research has become nationally and internationally recognised, winning 15 national and international prizes in the last eight years. These include the Robert Jones gold medal and Association prize in 2017, for his work on the evolution of the foot, and the Jaques Duparc prize in 2018 from the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, for his work on the discovery of a new foot ligament.

The Hunterian Professorship is considered one of the proudest honours of the college, given to surgeons of eminence who have contributed to the field of surgery by original research or innovations. Since its creation, some of the most famous names in British surgery have given a Hunterian Lecture.

For more information about the Hunterian Professorship visit the Royal College of Surgeons website at www.rcseng.ac.uk.

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