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British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)

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The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK.

The BOA provide national leadership, a unifying focus, and charitable endeavour by:

  • Caring for Patients; Supporting Surgeons; Transforming Lives

As a membership organisation, the BOA care for patients and support surgeons by focusing on excellence in:

  • Professional Practice; Training and Education; Research

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery is a highly cost effective form of treatment which aims to restore pain free mobility for patients. By restoring mobility, Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery can not only help people stay active for longer, but deliver major economic savings; enabling people to return to work, or live more independently.

Given the growing musculoskeletal disease burden, and the transformative impact surgery can have for the right patients, the BOA believe surgeons, commissioners and colleagues across the NHS should work together to increase surgical capacity.

Mark Bowditch, Vice-President Elect, BOA

Mark is a Consultant and Divisional Clinical Director MSK & surgical specialties at ESNEFT (Ipswich & Colchester Hospitals) since 2000. Mark’s specialist interests are in surgery of the knee and all levels of surgical education.

He was Chair of the SAC 2017-2020 leading the new curriculum changes, East of England Training Programme Director for 11 years, and is currently Head of School of Surgery.  Following three years on BOA Council and one year on the Orthopaedic Committee he joined the Executive as Honorary Treasurer in 2020/21.

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