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Ipswich Hospital surgeon Mark Bowditch named vice president elect of British Orthopaedic Association

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A surgeon based in Suffolk has been selected to take on a prestigious national role in the world of specialist musculoskeletal surgery.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mark Bowditch, who works at the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, has been named vice president-elect by the British Orthopaedic Association and will take on the presidency in 2023.

The role will see Mr Bowditch oversee a drive to improve patient care and uphold professional standards.

Mark Bowditch will take on his new role later this year. Picture: Warren Page
Mark Bowditch will take on his new role later this year. Picture: Warren Page

He is the second consultant from Ipswich Hospital to take on the role following Dame Clare Marx's appointment in 2009.

Dame Clare was one of the the people who nominated Mr Bowditch to take on the role.

He said: “It’s an honour to be asked by my peers to lead the association, and I’m delighted and humbled to have been elected to this national role.

“The scale and importance of the role, representing both the profession and the patients we serve, excites me and it’s an extremely important time with so many people waiting for treatment and living with pain and disability.

“I’m really looking forward to representing and supporting my fellow trauma and orthopaedic surgeons to deliver high standards of care.”

Mr Bowditch has been a consultant for 22 years, and is the head of surgical training in the East of England.

He will take up the role as vice president elect this September before becoming president.