Well-known orthopaedic surgeon retires

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A NINEWELLS consultant orthopaedic surgeon has bade farewell to colleagues after a career spanning more than 40 years.

Professor David Rowley began his medical studies at Aberdeen University in 1969 and was lecturer at University of Sheffield and senior lecturer at University of Manchester before coming to Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in 1988 as Professor of the University Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of Tayside NHS Board.

In 2004, Professor Rowley was appointed Director of Education for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was also Visiting Professor of Surgical Education at the University of Edinburgh until 2009. He became Emeritus Professor at the University of Dundee in 2008.

Professor Rowley has gained many distinctions during his career including the Gold College Medal and Syme’s Medal, both awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He also served abroad as a war surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Sudan and Afghanistan.

NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson met with Professor Rowley to congratulate him on his career and his many achievements in NHS Tayside, and to wish him well in his retirement.

Mr Watson said: “Professor Rowley will be sadly missed both professionally and personally by all those that have worked with him over the years in NHS Tayside.

“He has always gone that extra mile in providing an exceptionally high standard of orthopaedic care, as well as excellent support and encouragement to all his colleagues, and particularly to junior staff and students.

“Professor Rowley has been kind enough to share with me the wisdom of his experiences of working in the NHS and I personally wish him the very best for the future.”

Professor Rowley currently lives in Arbroath with his wife Ingrid and has two grown-up children, Kristina and Andrew. In his retirement he is looking forward to spending time in France, visiting his three grandchildren and continuing his interest in 20th century history.