Executive Committee

President – Robert Ashford

Professor Robert Ashford MD FRCS(Tr & Orth) is a Consultant Orthopaedic & Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester and an Honorary Consultant Sarcoma Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals. He is an Honorary Professor at the Leicester Cancer Research Centre. He was elected President of BOOS in 2019.

He has research interests in palliative orthopaedic surgery, genetics of soft tissue sarcoma and clinical outcomes of musculoskeletal tumours.

Honorary Secretary – Tom Cosker

Tom Cosker MB BCh MSc (Tr Surg) FRCS (Tr & Orth) FAS is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who gained his Completion of Specialist Training in 2011. He works at the Tumour Oncology Unit in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford and has a specialist interest in Upper Limb Surgery and Reconstruction. He is Upper Limb Fellowship trained and completed a Fellowship at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter under the mentorship of Professor Tim Bunker.

Tom Cosker was delighted to take up his position as Director of Human Anatomy at Oxford University in January 2014, having succeeded Professor John Morris. Tom has an interest in bringing modern technology to Anatomy and is currently exploring projects in 3D TV, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Treasurer – Rob Pollock

Rob Pollock MBBS BSc FRCS (Orth) is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore (RNOH). He qualified at University College London, School of Medicine in 1993 before embarking on a career in surgery.

His orthopaedic training took place in various London teaching hospitals including the RNOH. He undertook fellowships in Sydney, Australia and Denver, USA where he gained experience in hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, trauma and the management of bone tumours.

Past President – Paul Cool

Professor Paul Cool MD MMedSc (Res) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Orth) is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry. After qualifying in 1988, he completed basic surgical rotation  in Birmingham, subsequently specialist orthopaedic training in Oswestry and then appointed consultant orthopaedic & oncological surgeon at RJAH in 2000. He was elected President of BOOS in 2015.

Audit Committee Chair – Kenny Rankin

Kenny Rankin MBChB MD FRCS graduated in 1999 from the University of Dundee. Basic surgical training was in Newcastle followed by an MD investigating the cellular biology of bone metastases. Higher specialist training was in Perth and Dundee followed by a return to the North East as NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer.

Honorary Consultant in Orthopaedic Oncology with special interests in the basic science of musculoskeletal oncology, in particular osteosarcoma. Research activities include basic science projects modelling bone cancer, translational studies involving the assessment of biomarkers of joint replacement infection, and bone sarcoma circulating tumour cells.