My warmest congratulations to all members of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
We have witnessed enormous changes in the science and technology of medical care over the past six decades, and this has certainly been true for the different fields of orthopaedics as well. Indeed, since its beginnings in 1961, the Department has shown its commitment to introducing innovations to improve the care of orthopaedic patients, which at the time included minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, novel joint replacement materials and various imaging capabilities.
Today, the Department remains at the forefront of developments in orthopaedics and traumatology, making pioneering contributions to musculoskeletal biology and genetics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, 3D printing and new implant designs, regenerative medicine, robotic surgery and powered exoskeletons. These developments have brought opportunities for the Department to develop and explore new sub-specialisations, research initiatives and international institutional collaborations.
As scholars and practitioners making the best use of these technologies and pushing the boundaries of medical knowledge, at the heart of the endeavours of our colleagues is a belief in the importance of being and nurturing wise and compassionate medical professionals who hold themselves to the highest degree of professionalism and who always have the best interests of their patients at heart.
My best wishes to the Department, and may its achievements and international renown continue to grow from strength to strength.
Professor Xiang Zhang, JP
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong