Dear Friends


Another year gone; and once again marked by an outstanding GOS annual meeting.  Huge thanks to Vasilis and Hennie for their hard work and kind, generous hospitality.  Each GOS meeting is unique, and they are always a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening occasion.  I strongly urge all of our members who (for whatever reason) have not yet attended a meeting to do so as soon as they can.

Our Society continues to flourish in a distinguished way.  It was good to see John and Sally Owen in Corfu.  They were able to come because John has just completed his year as President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.  Larry Marsh was unable to fit us into his busy schedule this year being President of the Mid-American Orthopaedic Association, and Jorge Mineiro was unable to attend due to commitments as advisor to the Portuguese Minister of Health.  There are many more examples around the world.

Memories of the Corfu meeting are sadly tinged by the untimely death, on his way home, of John Hart (another former President of the AOA); but John enjoyed the meeting, and everyone enjoyed seeing John and Jan.

To update (and slightly misquote) C J Rhodes “Wherever you go in the world (of orthopaedics) you will find an Oxford man (or woman) at the top of his/her tree.”  Certainly it is true that membership of the GOS remains a prized aspiration for our UK trainees and our overseas visiting fellows and scholars.  

We are a truly international society, bonded by mutual fond memories of, and appreciation for, time spent learning and acquiring skills and friends in Oxford.  It is very good news that, after faltering for a few years, the GOS drinks party at the AAOS was resurrected this year in New Orleans as a resounding success.  I believe it will now remain a valuable feature of that meeting and our sincere thanks go to Seth Greenwald, Marvin Steinberg and Alex Rosenstein for making that possible.  The GOS Reception in Las Vegas will be on Thursday 26th March (6 – 8 pm at the Wynn Hotel Casino).

Sincere thanks also to Simon Ostlere for his invaluable contribution as Honorary Secretary for two terms.  This baton is now taken up by Martin McNally who will, I am sure, play an increasingly important role in the life of the Society.  We all look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Oxford meeting in June next year (Sunday 21st – Thursday 25th).

And so, the future of our Society looks bright.  Amidst all the troubles of the world in general, I believe that our Society remains a haven for truth, dignity and friendship.

Seasonal Greetings to you all, 

from the GOS Executive Committee and all the Oxford Members



The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada,  March 24—28, 2015.  The GOS reception is scheduled for Thursday 26th March, 6:00-8:00 PM at the centrally located Wynn Hotel Casino. The specific room/salon has yet to be assigned but should be included in the official program of the Academy. The event is being sponsored by the US Girdlestone Contingent with support from the GOS.  Seth Greenwald has once again been in charge of local arrangements and we anticipate a very enjoyable and well attended event as per last year.  We invite you and your guests to join your colleagues for drinks and refreshments.  We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Seth Greenwald

Marvin Steinberg



Professor Josep Trueta and his colleagues founded this society in 1950. Membership is open to all those who have spent a significant part of their training in orthopaedics in Oxford. There is an annual three day scientific conference. At its founding the following paragraph was written which reflects the Society's 'mission statement', as it would now be defined:

'As the years go by most of us feel an increasing admiration and gratitude to those who are responsible for our upbringing and we feel an increasing appreciation for your friendship and understanding among people. Some of the men that owe their orthopaedic training to the school built by Girdlestone and who feel that it provided for them not only a school but in the intellectual sense a family as well, feel the need for an organisation that will keep alive the spirit of this family" [G.Mineiro 1958].

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