Rami Abboud

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Head of Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery & Director of Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR)
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Biography

Professor Rami Abboud has been actively involved and played an instrumental role in the development, progress and resulting successes of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the University of Dundee since joining the department in 1988.

As a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1988, Professor Abboud continued his postgraduate studies and obtained an MSc and PhD in Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics and motion analysis at the University of Dundee in 1989 and 1995 respectively.

Professor Abboud has progressed from being a Postgraduate Student to Research Assistant (1993) to Lecturer and Director of the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) Course (1996) to Senior Lecturer (2002) and subsequently to a Professor and Head of Department (2007). His roles as Finance Manager (since 1998), Deputy Head of Department (2001-2003), Acting Head of Department (2003-2007), and Head of Department (2007-present) allowed him to strategically develop and invest in the main core of the department’s activities namely taught courses (in-house and distance learning), and in research in founding, developing and leading the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) (2003 - present) that has evolved to become one of the leading facilities in the world for motion analysis and biomechanical research. IMAR’s facilities have allowed him and his team the opportunity to expand their activities into a multidisciplinary portfolio of teaching and research, collaborating with a diverse range of disciplines from medicine and allied health professionals to science and engineering as well as art and choreography. His research portfolio focusses on alleviating pain, enhancing quality of life and performance.

Professor Abboud served as the 1st College Lead for International Affairs (2008 - 2010) and Chairman of the School of Medicine Undergraduate Intercalated BMSc Honours Degree between 2002 and 2015, and demit post when appointed Associated Dean for Learning & Teaching. The intercalated degree flourished under his leadership and has seen an increase in courses on offer from 7 to 14 associated with an increase of medical students intercalating from 15 to 100 students. Professor Abboud was appointed the Deputy Director of the Medical Education Institute (MEI) and the Director of its Postgraduate Education (2011-2014). In 2014, Professor Abboud was appointed Head of the Postgraduate Division. Professor Abboud was the first Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching at the School of Medicine under the University of Dundee’s most recent reorganisation structure in 2015, a post he held until 15 January 2019.

Professor Abboud has been an elected member of the University Senate since 1996 and was elected by the Academic Council to the University governing body, Court, in 2004 and 2007 respectively, and in 2011 for a further 4 years by the University Senate, serving a record 11 years as an elected member of Court. Professor Abboud serves on numerous other committees within the University and respective Societies.

Professor Abboud has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Foot Journal since 1998 and the Foot and Ankle Surgery (2009-2013). In January 2007, he was invited by the China Instrument and Control Society to be the foreign member for the Editorial Committee of the Chinese Journal of Scientific Instrument and was promoted to Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Professor Abboud is a regular reviewer to over 15 peer-review journals. In January 2013, Professor was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Foot for a period of 5 years, and has been renewed for a further 5 years starting January 2018.

Professor Abboud qualified as a certified accredited mediator, trained by Catalyst Mediation, in 2008, and was a member of the Scottish Mediation Network until 2015.

Professor Abboud’s dedication towards teaching, research and training was recognised in 2011 by the award of a rare accolade, Honorary Fellow, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England which was formally recognised at the College’s Awards Ceremony on 18th January 2012. The number of living non-medically qualified Honorary Fellows shall not exceed 30 at any one time; a rare accolade that is usually awarded to internationally recognised figures in their particular speciality. 

In June 2017, Professor Abboud received the University of Dundee most prestigious award, The Chancellor's Award, for his outstanding contributions to teaching at the University with a unanimous decision. Nominations are evaluated by a panel of peers drawn from senior colleagues from every school across the institution, professional services and DUSA. Successful nominees represent the very best teaching practice at the University, which is not only excellent but deemed to be outstanding in five categories: impact, sustainable change, enhancement to practice, support for transformational learning and the establishment of a legacy for practice.

In February 2018, Professor Abboud was awarded Honorary Professor of Orthopaedics from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, India, for his outstanding contribution to orthopaedics and educational opportunities offered to surgeons from India through the MCh (Orth) and other degrees. 

In March 2018, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh awarded Professor Abboud an Honorary Fellowship ad hominem. A quote from the College website: The Honorary Fellowship is given to a limited number of individuals of outstanding academic merit, or other outstanding contributions to the profession. Those who receive this accolade are deemed by the College to be figures recognized worldwide in their particular specialty and have achieved distinction in their professional field and rendered special service to the “art and science of surgery”. It is extremely rare for such an accolade to be presented to a non-surgeon and it is extraordinarily rare to be presented to a non-medically qualified individual. This award will most likely make Professor Abboud the only non-medically qualified individual to have received both colleges of surgeons’ most prestigious awards worldwide.

Research

The research programme that Professor Abboud established on Biomechanics and Motion Analysis in the late 1980s led in 1993 to the foundation of the Foot Pressure Analysis Lab/Clinic and subsequently in 2003 to IMAR taking the leading role as founder, director and honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at NHS Tayside. IMAR's main goal is to promote excellence in teaching and research and to provide a comprehensive clinical service in the fields of Motion Analysis and Biomechanics. The research focuses on important aspects of daily activities in relation to posture, movement and ergonomics, with emphasis placed on sports and disability. The overall aim is to alleviate pain, correct deformity and enhance performance. Professor Abboud supervised over 250 students in all degrees (21 MBChB 4th-year, 82 BMSc, 120 MCh Orth, 18 MSc, 4 MD, 13 PhD) which have yielded over 400 academic disseminations in the form of peer‐reviewed articles, conference presentations, keynote lectures, educational modules and book chapters. This has been possible through the focussed management of a dedicated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, engineers, and allied health professionals (nurses, podiatrists, orthotists, prosthetists, physiotherapists) consisting of over 20 academic (most on honorary unpaid contracts) and professional staff at the Department and IMAR.

Teaching

Throughout his career and since his appointment in 1996 as an academic member of staff at the University of Dundee, Professor Abboud has taken a leading role in developing and sustaining successful undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has supervised over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. Some of his learning & teaching roles are:

  • Director of the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MChOrth) Course (accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England)
  • Co-Director of the
  • Co-Director of the MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation
  • Co-Director of the (accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England)
  • Co-Director of the Intercalated BMSc Honours Degree
  • Programme Lead for MBChB/MSc joint degree
  • Past Chairman Intercalated Undergraduate BMSc Honours Degree
  • Head of Postgraduate Division
  • Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching, School of Medicine

Publications

Establishing state of motion through two-dimensional foot and shoe print analysis: a pilot study
Forensic Science International (2018), Volume 284, March 2018, Pages 176-183 Neves FB, Arnold GP, Nasir S, Wang W, MacDonald C, Christie IS, Abboud RJ.

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A pilot biomechanical assessment of curling deliveries: is toe sliding more likely to cause knee injury than flatfoot sliding?
BMJ Open Sports medicine (2017), doi 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-00021 Robertson I, Arnold GP, Wang W, Drew TS, Nasir S, MacDonald C, Abboud RJ.

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The effect of perindopril on postural instability in older people with a history of falls: a randomised control trial
Age & Ageing (2017), (in press) Sumukadas D, Price RJG, McMurdo MET, Rauchhaus P, McSwiggan SJ, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Witham MD.

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A comparison of branded rugby head guards on their effectiveness in reducing impact on the head
University of Glasgow Medical Research Society (GMRS) 6th National Conference (2017), November 4th Frizzell E, Arnold GP, Wang W, Drew TS, Abboud RJ.

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Forensic gait analysis: A primer for courts
The Royal Society, ISBN 9781782523024 (2017), 1-33 Black, S., Wall, M., Abboud, R., Baker, R., Stebbins, J..

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Racquet string tension directly affects force experienced at the elbow: implications for the development of lateral epicondylitis in tennis players
Shoulder & Elbow (2016), 8(3): 184-191 Mohandhas BR, Makaram N, Drew TS, Wang W, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ.

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Effect of vitamin K on vascular health and physical function in older people with vascular disease-a randomised controlled trial
Journal of Nutrician, Health and Aging (2016), Volume 20, Issue 3, 1 March, 325-333 Fulton RL, McMurdo MET, Aill A, Abboud RJ, Arnold GP, Struthers AD, Khan F, Vermeer C, Knapen MHJ, Drummen NEA, Witham MD.

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Investigation into the effect of ankle braces on range of motion and peroneus longus activity
INSPIRE National Intercaltors Research Conference (2016), Cullen F, Arnold GP, Wang W, Abboud RJ.

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Analysis of hand pressure in different crutch lengths and upper-limb movements during crutch walking
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. (2016), 53C, 59-66. Sherif S, Hasan S, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Wang W.

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Does the ankle-foot orthosis improve the vertical forces during gait in children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy? A retrospective 3-D gait analysis of 19 children
Bone & Joint (2016), Orthopaedic Proceedings 8 June Makaram N, Arnold G, Wang W, Campbell D, Gibbs S, Abboud R .

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Assessment of the impact of loading pressure on endothelial function in diabetic foot
Postgraduate Research Symposium, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, UK (2016), Third place awarded for non-lab based research poster. Edris RG, Khan F, Abboud RJ.

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Comparison of plantar pressure distribution between hallux valgus and normal feet using foot pressure platform
Postgraduate Research Symposium, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, UK (2016), First Prize for non-lab based research poster. Alzahrani RE, Wilkinson T, Harrold F, Abboud RJ.

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Kinematical analysis of the trunk, upper limbs and fingers during minimal access surgery when using an armrest
Taylor & Francis Online (2015), DOI:10.1080/00140139.2015.1039603 Jafri M, Brown S, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Wang W.

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Analysis of hand pressures related to wheelchair rim sizes and upper-limb movement
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. (2015), 47, 45-52 Kabra C, Jaiswal R, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Wang W..

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A lower limb biomechanical model without using wand-markers for motion analysis during walking and running
Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering (2015), 13(5): 383-390. Ghaffar M, Raza S, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Wang W.

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Does the ankle-foot orthosis improve the vertical forces during gait in children with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy? A retrospective 3-D gait analysis
Tayside Orthopaedic Research Club (TORC) Meeting, University of Dundee, UK (2015), Makaram N, Gibbs S, Campbell D, Abboud R.

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Analysis of hand pressures related to wheelchair rim sizes and upper limb movement
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (2015), 45-52 Kabra C, Jaiswal R, Arnold GP, Abboud RJ, Wang W.

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Footwear in rock climbing: current practice
The Foot (2015), Volume 25, Issue 3, 1 September, 152-158 McHenry RD, Arnold GP, Wang W, Abboud RJ.

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The effect of knee pads on volleyball athletes
Tayside Orthopaedic Research Club (TORC) Meeting, University of Dundee, UK (2015), Lawrie H, Arnold GP, Nasir S, Wang W, Abboud RJ.

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Gait value: A numerical measure for comparison of gait parameters between cerebral palsy patients and normal children
Gait & Psoture (2014), 39: S134 Radhakrishnan V, Gibbs S, Abboud R, Wang W.

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