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Professor Simon P Frostick
1955 - 2020

Professor Simon Frostick was appointed Professor of Orthopaedics in Liverpool from the 1st October 1995 having been previously trained in Oxford and Nottingham.  He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1978 having gained a BA in Physiological Science (1975) and BM, BCh (1978). Following basic surgical training in Oxford he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1989 for work on the Clinical and Experimental aspects of denervation and reinnervation.

Simon next moved to Nottingham where he became Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery under the tutelage of Professor Angus Wallace. During this time he completed his training in Trauma and Orthopaedics and developed his interest in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Simon was appointed Professor of Orthopaedics in Liverpool in 1995.  Since then he set up an upper limb unit that now has 14 consultants.  He was a catalyst in the promotion of the multidisciplinary team with development in Advanced Practice in physiotherapy and other allied professions working along side orthopaedic surgeons.

Simon was a keen educator and has been the Training Programme Director for Orthopaedics for Merseyside; the Director of The Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) for the University of Liverpool; he has served on, and been vice-chair of, the Specialist Advisory Committee for Trauma & Orthopaedics and has been Chair of the British Orthopaedic Association Training Standards Committee and the Curriculum Development Group.  He was also Chair of the Trauma & Orthopaedic CESR Committee and devised the criteria by which those trainees who were not able to gain a training post could acquire competencies that would allow them to enter the Specialist Register.  Simon  was working with the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur to design and implement a programme of post-graduate training for Malaysia

Professor Frostick was awarded many honours and titles including Hunterian Professor of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1992; being made a corresponding member (invitation only) of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2008) and created as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (ad hominem) for his substantial contribution to the education of surgeons.  He was also  a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2014; and an elected member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2014-2019.  He was elected to a number of other international societies including Shoulder and Elbow Association of Australia (Corresponding Member); Life member Indian Orthopaedic Association (Honorary Member); Life member of the Greek Shoulder and Elbow Association; Life Member of the Macedonian and Thrace Orthopaedic Society; and Life Member Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society (Oxford Alumni).

Simon finally lost his long fight with cancer in 2020; he will be greatly missed.  Through The Frostick Foundation we will continue both his work and his legacy.

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