Past International Phillip Zorab Symposia

16th International Phillip Zorab symposium 2019

Date: 20th - 21st June 2019

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Keynote speakers 2019


Baron S. Lonner MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City

Pat Kiely FRCSI
Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Dublin, Ireland

Peter Millner FRCS
Consultant orthopaedic & spinal surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Greg Reading MD
Division Chief, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine ;Project Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Training Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Amer Samdani MD
Chief of Surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children

James Sanders MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Paediatrics, Rochester Hospital NY

Brian Ciruna PhD
Professor of Molecular Genetics Department, University of Toronto

René Castelein MD
PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Utrecht University

Emma Clark FRCP
PhD, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, University of Bristol

David Marks FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, The royal Orthopaedic Hospital and The Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Ashley Cole FRCS
Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Sheffield Children’s and Northern General Hospitals


15th International Phillip Zorab symposium 2017

“The Phillip Zorab conference was one of the finest educational events I have attended. Even after practising children’s spine surgery for 40 years, I came away from the conference with note pad filled with ideas for research projects stimulated by the conference presentation and many clinical concepts that I will consider adding to my practice.” Professor Stuart Weinstein

Venue: One Great George Street, London

Keynote Speakers

Baron S. Lonner MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City

Robert Dunn FCS (SA) Orth, MMed, MBChB
Professor and Head of Division of Orthopaedic Surgery , University of Cape Town. Pieter Moll and Nuffield Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cape Town. Head of Orthopaedic Spinal Services, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town

Stuart L. Weinstein MD
Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor of Paediatrics, University of Iowa

Michael John Gibson MB, BS, FRCS
Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Newcastle upon Tyne

Raphaël Vialle MD, PhD
Professor of Infantile Surgery, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. Head of Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Armand Trousseau Hospital, Paris, France.

Behrooz A. Akbarnia MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego. Medical Director Emeritus, San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders. Director Emeritus of the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program.

Brian Ciruna PhD
Senior Scientist and Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Programme, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Professor of the Molecular Genetics Department, University of Toronto.

Emma Clark FRCP, PhD
Consultant Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, University of Bristol

Cody Bünger MD, DMSc
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Keyvan Mazda MD
Chief of Department of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Debré Hospital, Paris. University Professor (Tenured Hospital Practitioner), University of Paris.


14th International Phillip Zorab symposium 2015

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. 

Keynote Speakers

Michael J McMaster MB BCh MD DSc FRCS
Michael J McMaster MB BCh MD DSc FRCS was the founding surgeon for the Scottish National Spine Deformity Service.

Oliver Pourquié PhD

Olivier Pourquié, PhD, is currently Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was the Director of the Institute for Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg from 2009 to 2012

Dr Lawrence G Lenke

Dr Lawrence G Lenke is the Jerome J Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurological Surgery. He is also Chief of Spinal Surgery and the Director of the Advanced Deformity Fellowship at Washington University School of
Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Claudio Lamartina PhD

Prof Lamartina has been chief of the II Department of Spine Surgery in IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi since 2000 and professor of the specialisation school in orthopaedics and traumatology in Milan University since 2003.

Prof René Castelein MD, PhD

Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedics in 2002 at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, and, soon after, Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2007, he was appointed as Chairman of the Surgical Division by the Board of Directors, but at the end of 2011 he gave up this responsibility to remain close to his core interest as Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professor Keyvan Mazda

Professor Keyvan Mazda is Chief of Department of Paediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Robert Debré Hospital, University Paris and University Professor-Tenured Hospital Practitioner University Paris.

Geoffrey Askin

Dr Geoffrey Askin is a spinal orthopaedic surgeon in Brisbane, Australia. He is the Director of the Spinal Disorders Unit at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and has a private practice at the Mater Private Hospital.

13th International Phillip Zorab symposium 2013

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK

Dr Alain Dimeglio is professor at the Medical School University of Montpellier and Chairman of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Department.

Professor Gérard Bollini was born in 1947 in Constantine, Algeria. He is professor and head of the department of paediatric orthopaedics in La Timone Children’s Hospital and dean of the Physiotherapist School in Marseille, France.

Mr Hilali Noordeen was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in 1995, as well as at the Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

Dr John Lonstein is  staff surgeon at Twin Cities Spine Center and Clinical (Adjunct) Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Dr Kenneth MC Cheung is the Jessie Ho Professor in Spine Surgery and the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University of Hong Kong. He is also President of the Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mr Francis E Dowling is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Blackrock Clinic, Northern Ireland.  His research thesis defended “rheology of canine intervertebral discs”. Mr Dowling is a primary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Dr Bob Campbell is director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (CTIS) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an attending physician in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is best known as the inventor of the VEPTR (Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib) device, which is used to treat rare diseases of the spine and chest wall through surgical expansion of the chest and correction of spinal deformity, without inhibiting children’s growth.

Dr Carol Wise is director of molecular genetics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. . Dr Wise is associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and holds a secondary appointment in the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Dr Wise’s research focuses on identifying genetic causes of paediatric musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Gregory Redding is a professor of paediatrics and has served as Chief of the Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Division at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 32 years. He is a national clinical leader and
established investigator who has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Piers Mitchell teaches in the Division of Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, where he specialises in health and disease in the past (palaeopathology). He also works part of the week as a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon in the NHS, at Peterborough City Hospital.

Dr Emma Clark is a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Bristol.  Her main area of interest is musculoskeletal epidemiology.

Dr Jing Yu obtained her PhD Degree from the Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde in 1993. Her research interest has been focused on the investigation of the functional roles of the elastic fibre network.


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