Professor Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Imperial College London. He trained in orthopaedics at The Middlesex and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals in London and undertook research at the Mayo Clinic. He was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Edinburgh and later at Imperial College London where he was also head of the division of Surgery Anaesthetics and Intensive Care. He has been Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society and has lectured extensively around the world. He continues as a reviewer for several journals notably the Bone and Joint Journal, for which he is also a primary editor. His clinical practice was in spinal surgery and musculoskeletal infections. His research interests were in the microcirculation of bone, fluid transfer and the pathogenesis of disc disease. He has been visiting professor to various countries including the Mayo Clinic and has published several books and over 230 articles. Since retirement from clinical practice he has pursued his interest in history, obtaining diplomas in the History of Medicine as well as in the Philosophy of Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London and he currently lectures on the DHMSA course. Recently he obtained a Masters in History of Science Technology and Medicine at Kings College London. He has also been able to develop his interest in John Keats, delivering the Keats Memorial Lecture in 2017.