Dr Anan Shetty, an Indian-origin orthopaedic surgeon has bagged the prestigious Hunterian Professorship and the Medal for 2017 by UK’s Royal College of Surgeons for his research on stem cells in articular cartilage repair.
The Hunterian Professorship award is named after ace surgeon and scientist John Hunter, and is one of the most highly-regarded annual awards in the field of surgery.
As per the citation, "The Hunterian Professorship is considered one of the proudest traditional honours of the college bestowed on surgeons of eminence who have richly contributed to the field of surgery by original research or innovations. The honour of delivering the Hunterian lecture is regarded by surgeons around the world as a great privilege and high accolade awarded to recognise their work."
Dr Shetty is largely looked upon as a top knee surgeon and orthopaedic teacher by surgeons and patients from all over the world. Apart from training orthopaedic surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Dr Shetty is also leading world class research in knee surgery.
He is the first surgeon ever to use robotics in arthroscopic knee surgery, and gel-based cartilage repair surgery in the UK.
In 2008, he was bestowed with the silver medal in recognition of his teaching and research.
Dr Shetty, founder and director of Kent Knee Unit based in south-east England, has also authored many books of which he has won the Fred Heatley Prize for Research and Elsevier Prize for Best Publication.