Professor Anan Shetty, an NRI orthopedic knee surgeon has been awarded the Hunterian Professorship and the Medal for 2017, by UK’s Royal College of Surgeons for his research on stem cells in articular cartilage repair. Apart from his surgical innovations, he is the first surgeon to use robotics in arthroscopic knee surgery in the world and gel-based cartilage repair surgery in the UK.
"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," the citation reads.
Professor Shetty was working with the KIMS Hospital in Maidstone and a Chair of Orthopaedics and Director of stem cell research at Canterbury Christ Church University, in the UK. The NRI orthopaedic knee surgeon is also the founder and director of the Kent Knee Unit based at the Spire Alexandra Hospital in south-east England, established in response to the requirement and management of knee disorders. He has authored several books and is the winner of the Fred Heatley Prize for Research and the Elsevier Prize for Best Publication.
Named after the pioneering surgeon John Hunter and dating back to over two centuries, the Hunterian Professorship award is among the most reputed annual awards in the field of surgery.