If you’re new to our blog and would like to see the posts in chronological order, use this post as your guide. 

  1. Arriving in the UK (8/29/2016) - It has been almost 30 years since I have been to the United Kingdom. My family took a trip here in 1988. Margaret Thatcher was the British Prime Minister. The Chunnel had not yet been finished. Harry Potter didn’t exist (at least not in published form). Elizabeth II was the Queen (and still is). We…
  2. First Day (8/29/2016) - After taking a moment to refresh myself in the hotel, I headed down to the lobby to meet with Michael Blankstein, the other fellow, and Professor Richard Field, a consultant from SWLEOC. Mr. Field is an exceptionally charming man with a characteristically dry, British sense of humor. His first task was to take us to…
  3. Day 2: (un)Cemented Total Hip and on to London (8/30/2016) - The day started off with a traditional English Breakfast at the hotel (which was delicious), followed by an escorted walk to SWLEOC by Tom, a fellow from Croatia. At SWLEOC we were introduced to Mr. Simon Bridle, the consultant we would be working with that day. Mr. Field had planned for us to see a…
  4. Day 3: Stanmore (8/31/2016) - Wednesday morning we were met for breakfast at our hotel by Professor Haddad. We ate and chatted briefly before being shown to a car that would take us to Stanmore.  About 30 minutes outside of London (by car at 7am), Stanmore is one of the most unique hospitals I have ever seen. It was apparently…
  5. Day 4: Oxford and Derby (9/1/2016) - We awoke early Thursday morning to check out of our London hotel, and take a car to Oxford, about an hour and a half north of London. We took the car with Professor Haddad who was scheduled to talk later that morning at the European Bone and Joint Infection Society annual meeting. In Oxford, we…
  6. Day 5: Finally a real English Cemented Total Hip! (9/2/2016) - Mr. Peter Howard joined us for breakfast at the Boot Inn on Friday morning, and then drove us to Derby Hospital in his 2013 Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport for a busy day in the operating theatres. Much to our delight, his first scheduled case of the day was a traditional English cemented total hip arthroplasty using an Exeter…
  7. Day 6: Journey to “Jiseki” (9/3/2016) - Michael and I slept in a little bit on Saturday morning which was a welcome respite from the highly scheduled visit. We grabbed breakfast at 8:30am and were met outside by Peter Howard at 9:30. Though the weather was supposed to be nice in the morning, and turn to rain in the afternoon it looked…
  8. Day 7: Derby to Glasgow (9/4/2016) - On Sunday morning we woke up, had our traditional English Breakfast, and met Peter Howard one last time while he insured we got safely in our hired car to go to the train station in Crewe. From there we boarded a train that would land us in Glasgow, Scotland in a little over three hours.…
  9. Day 8: Kilts, Haggis, and Cèilidh (9/5/2016) - Mr. Sanjeev Patil picked us up on Monday morning to take us for a social tour. The rest of the faculty are busy with the British Orthopedic Research Society (BORS) meeting, and today was the basic science portion. They decided today would be a social day, and have us visit the meeting during the more clinical research…
  10. Day 9: BORS and a (wee) Break (9/6/2016) - On Tuesday morning we awoke, had breakfast, and met Dominic in the lobby to take us to the morning session of the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) meeting. This meeting was being held at the University Of Glasgow and Dominic was one of this year’s organizers.  At the session we heard short scientific presentations on…
  11. Day 10: Glasgow to Norwich (9/7/2016) - Our last morning in Glasgow started early so we could catch our 6:45 am flight to Norwich through Manchester. The taxi arrived at 5:15 am and we got to Glasgow airport with enough time to grab a small breakfast. Thankfully our flights were uneventful and we touched down in Norwich a little after 10:00 in…
  12. Day 11: Norfolk Enchants (and it’s on to Manchester) (9/8/2016) - Norwich has an important part in the history of orthopaedics and, particularly, hip replacements. The McKee-Farrar metal-on-metal prosthesis was developed there in the 1960s. Mr George Michael McKee was a giant in the treatment of hip disease, and was a close friend ofSir John Charnley who is credited with popularizing the modern total hip replacement.…
  13. Day 12: Wrightington and Charnley (9/9/2016) - On Friday morning Nikhil picked up Michael and I to take us to Wrightington Hospital. The plan for the day was to start with a conference, then go to the operating theatres, tour the Charnley museum at the hospital, and then go out for dinner.  For a hip surgeon, Wrightington Hospital holds a special place…
  14. Day 13: Football Hooligans (9/10/2016) - On Saturday morning Michael and I were invited to attend an introductory meeting for a new group that is forming in the Northwest UK to support Orthopaedic training in Africa. Having some experience with medical mission work in Nicaragua, it was comforting to hear that this group was already anticipating some of the pitfalls of…
  15. Day 14: Scaling the Holcombe Moor (9/11/2016) - On Sunday morning we had a little leisure time before John Hodgkinson picked us up to take us to his house. The plan was to get in a little physical activity, have a nice lunch, and then John would drive us to Manchester airport to fly down to Exeter. Tim Board met us at John’s…
  16. Day 15: Exeter & the Pig (9/12/2016) - On Monday I rode with Mr. Hubble to the hospital to spend the day doing total hip replacements with Mr. Howell. Mr. Howell had three total hip replacements on that day. Gee took time before each case to show me the preoperative templates they had created. I was impressed by the careful consideration of details…
  17. Day 16: On To Belfast (9/13/2016) - On Tuesday morning we had two cases with Mr. Hubble. The first was a revision hip replacement with impaction bone grafting of the acetabulum and a cement-in-cement femoral revision. Mr Hubble was working with one of the fellows who was from Australia. On the second case the fellow went through a standard primary total hip…