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Jeremy Fairbank has had a major interest in the spine since he did a fellowship in Oswestry with John O’Brien for 2 years in the late seventies. During this time, amongst other things, he brought the Oswestry Disability Index to publication. This has become a worldwide standard in assessing low back pain.
After Oswestry he did a training programme based in St Bartholemew’s Hospital in London, which included time in Dallas, Texas and in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. He worked for 4 years as a Consultant in Birmingham, before moving to Oxford in 1989. There he developed the spine service to one of the leading centres in the UK.
None of this would have been possible without major contributions from his colleagues James Wilson MacDonald and Gavin Bowden. Jeremy is a long standing council member for the BSRF.