Welsh Orthopaedic Society.

Meet our Executive Officers, keep up to date with our Annual Meeting Programs & view Our History.

WOS 2019 Annual Meeting Program

Welcome to the Welsh Orthopaedic Society

The Welsh Orthopaedic Society was formed in 1987 and is an important forum for Welsh Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As the number of Orthopaedic Surgeons continues to increase, the Welsh Orthopaedic Society will remain a focus for the discussion of orthopaedic research and teaching issues in the Principality. The Society facilitates communication between North and South Wales and our colleagues working in other parts of the United Kingdom. We have strong links with our colleagues in England, Ireland and Scotland.

Annual Meeting 2019

Event Information for the 2019 Welsh Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting. 

Role Of Society

The aims of the Welsh Orthopaedic Society are to promote and direct the development of orthopaedic surgery, to foster and co-ordinate education, study and research in orthopaedic surgery, and to disseminate knowledge of orthopaedic surgery among members of the Medical and allied health professions.

Executive Officers

View the current list of Executive Officers.


There is a remarkable link between the origins of modern orthopaedics in the UK (and subsequently in North America) and what happened in Anglesey in the 18th century. The north Anglesey coastline is treacherous. A shipwreck occurred one stormy night between 1730 and 1745. There were only 2 survivors – 2 young boys.

Latest News

Welsh Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, 10th May 2019

The Annual Meeting on the 10th May is fast approaching. We are pleased to announce that the Bob Owen memorial lecture will be given by Dr Dom Hurford, clinical lead for the Welsh Fragility Fracture Network and the Rowland Hughes memorial lecture by Mr Phillip Thomas, Comsultant Paediatric and Young Adult Hip Surgeon at Cardiff and Vale UHB. We are also pleased to welcome Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director for Hywel Dda UHB who will provide some insights into the challenges currently facing the NHS in Wales.
The scientific program has also been finalised, and can be viewed here.

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Professor Robert Owen (1921-2018)

OBE, MB.BS., FRCS, M.Ch.(Orth), DL

Bob Owen was a farmer’s son, born in Chwilog in the Lleyn peninsula, North Wales and a monoglot Welsh speaker until the age of eight. From local Primary and Grammar schools he studied Medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London, followed by three years in the Royal Air Force, where he met Meg, his wife. They had two children and five grandchildren.
Following orthopaedic training, latterly in Liverpool, in which he was outstanding and included an ABC Fellowship, he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and North Wales Hospitals at Rhyl and Abergele. He gave sterling service to these institutions, including the introduction of the Charnley arthroplasty, complete with ‘greenhouse enclosure’ to the first centre (Abergele) outside Wrightington.

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