The Copeland Fellowship
9th May, 2018 Category: Latest News

Under the guidance of current BESS (British Elbow and Shoulder Society) Mr Peter Brownson, three Surgeon members and one AHP member will travel to India in the Spring of 2019 as part of the Copeland fellowship, an initiative set up in memory of a founding member of BESS, Mr Steve Copeland.

The inaugural visit took place in October 2016 to South Africa where President at the time Mr Michael Thomas was joined by Mr Chris Peach and Miss Val Jones.

In Delhi, the fellows will take part in a combined meeting with the International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty (ISKSAA). The theme of this meeting will be sports injuries and trauma of the shoulder and elbow. In Pune, the fellows will take part in a meeting organised by the Shoulder and Elbow Society of India (SESI). The theme will be arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow.

Successful applicants will act as ambassadors of BESS and it is expected that they will take an active part in both meetings in terms of giving presentations and participating in workshops. Some of the successful applicants may be asked to prepare a review article for publication based on their area of specialist interest.

BESS will provide each successful applicant with an award of £4000 towards costs. ISKSAA and SESI have kindly agreed to cover all costs relating to meeting registration and accommodation relevant to the courses listed.

The closing date for applications is 23:59, Saturday, 19 May 2018

Shoulder 2 Shoulder meeting
24th April, 2018 Category: Latest News

Delighted to be a guest speaker at the 6th Shoulder 2 Shoulder meeting to be held at the Millbank Tower in London.

The 2018 course, aimed at consultants and fellows with an interest in shoulder surgery, is based on shoulder pathology throughout the seven different stages of life. With presentations from a number of specialists from UK and International faculty, the Watanabe Club, organisers of the event, see the format as a great way to stimulate active participation from all delegates.

I will be discussing a case study on ‘Teenage Clavicle Fracture’ as part of a comprehensive day of education and interaction.

British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association Lecture
11th December, 2017 Category: Latest News

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Mr Brownson, as the President of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society was invited to give the guest lecture at the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA) Meeting held at the Institute of Sports Exercise and Health ,in London on the 6th December 2017.
Mr Brownson gave a 40 minute presentation on Rotator Cuff Injuries in Overhead Athletes. At the end of the lecture he was presented with a small gift by the President of BOSTAA, Mr Panos Thomas.

Arthroscopy Association of North America 2017
29th June, 2017 Category: Latest News

Peter Brownson has just returned from the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) meeting in Denver USA.
He was part of delegation of UK Orthopaedic surgeons invited to put forward a British perspective and provide a counterpoint to the North American view.
The delegation was led by British Orthopaedic Association President, Mr Ian Winson and comprised a group of key opinion leaders from the UK covering all orthopaedic subspecialities.
Mr Brownson was joined by his colleagues from the Bone and Joint Centre, Mrs Jo Gibson (Specialist Physiotherapist – BESS) and Mr Chris Walker ( British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society – BOFAS).


Other members of the delegation included Mr. Duncan Tennent (British Elbow and Shoulder Society – BESS), Mr. Bill Harries (President BOFAS), Mr. Andy Williams (British Association for Surgery of the Knee – BASK), Mr. Sanjeev Anand (BASK), Mr. Simon Roberts (President British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association – BOSTA), Mr. Sam Oussedik (BOSTA) and Mr. Matt Ravenscroft (BESS)
The UK delegates were invited to take part in the instructional course lectures, which form part of the meeting, as well as to take part in expert panel discussions. In addition, selected individuals were invited to give a “feature” lecture relating to their own area of subspeciality expertise.
The meeting proved to be highly successful. There were over 1000 attendees and the convention took place in an atmosphere where all participants felt full engaged and which, at the same time, conveyed a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that engendered excellent discussion.
The meeting commenced on Thursday May 18th with the opening ceremony during which, Dr Richmond (President AANA) introduced all of the visiting International Society Presidents attending, including Mr Brownson.


This was followed by a morning session of scientific papers relating to shoulder instability, after which there was a feature lecture on protecting the young athlete by Dr James Andrews, an American surgeon, who has extensive experience of managing young athletes, particularly those involved in baseball.

There was a second morning session, focusing on shoulder surgery relating to the management of massive rotator cuff tears, including a discussion on superior capsular reconstruction (SCR), a relatively new technique which is currently being evaluated by Mr Brownson for the management of large or massive irreparable rotator cuff tears in individuals without significant arthritis. There was a subsequent symposium, during which Mr Matt Ravenscroft (UK) presented his experience of the In Space balloon a novel device being evaluated in the UK for similar indications as the SCR.

In the afternoon there was a feature lecture by Mr Andy Williams (BASK) who is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Fortius Clinic and who has huge experience in the management of knee injuries, particularly in Premiership Footballers and elite athletes.

The Friday programme included a scientific session focussing on the management of biceps tendon problems. It was followed, at lunchtime, by the Presidential Guest Speaker, Major Dan Rooney.
Major Rooney gave a tremendous presentation highlighting his life’s work. He is a remarkable individual. He is a fighter pilot with three combat tours in Iraq. He is also a PGA Golf professional and the founder of the Folds of Honour, a charity based in the USA which provides educational funding for the families of bereaved servicemen. He has served as the motivational speaker for two US Rider Cup teams and is a Fox news contributor. He is a decorated military aviator and is currently stationed at Tyndall Airforce Base in Florida as a member of the 301 st fighter squadron. He is a two times recipient of the Top Gun award. His inspirational talk emphasised the importance of ‘volition’ and the need to believe in one’s ability to effect change. After the presentation, he kindly met some of the delegates including the visiting members from BESS.


The Friday afternoon session included a symposium on shoulder rehabilitation. During this session, Jo Gibson, gave a presentation on ‘Rehabilitation Tips from the United Kingdom’, focusing on her huge experience of rehabilitation of elite athletes after shoulder trauma.

On Friday evening, Dr Richmond invited the UK delegation to a private dinner. At the dinner, he thanked the UK delegation for attending and contributing to the meeting. His kind invitation, was acknowledged by Ian Winson (President BOA) who presented Dr Richmond with a signed picture from the British delegates.


The Saturday session stated with a set of instructional course lectures. During this session, Mr Brownson gave a presentation on the “Management of Posterior Shoulder Instability”.
Later, in the same morning, he and Jo Gibson gave the feature lecture of the day on the ‘Management of Instability in Elite Athletes’. This was a 25 minute joint presentation during which Mr Brownson and Mrs Gibson explained their philosophy for the management of shoulder instability as a whole, giving a particularly UK perspective, as well as explaining their philosophy for patient rehabilitation and assessment for return to play in elite athletes.
The presentation appeared to be very well received as it particularly emphasised the close working relationship between surgeon and physiotherapist and the advantages this has for the patient. Such a close working relationship is unusual in the US due to different patterns of working but is an approach very much promoted by the British Elbow and Shoulder Society.


The Friday session was completed by Mr Brownson, taking part in an expert panel discussion on ‘The Management of SLAP injuries’. He was joined on the panel, by Mr Mat Provencher, Shoulder Surgeon at the Steadman Hawkins clinic in Vail, Mr Steven Snyder, Consultant Surgeon (and the surgeon who defined the term ‘SLAP lesion’) and Mr Matt Ravenscroft (UK)


The meeting concluded with a barbeque reception hosted by Dr Richmond, during which the British delegates were introduced to ‘beanbag throwing’.aa7

Simon Roberts, Bill Harries, Jo Gibson, Ian Winson, Terry Byca (Arthrex UK) Georgina Brownson PB (left to right)

28th June, 2017 Category: Latest News

Mr Brownson was honoured this week to become President of BESS (British Elbow and Shoulder Society).

As part of the BESS conference held in Coventry this week The Ricoh Arena was the host venue for the Conference Dinner on Wednesday 21st June. Mr Brownson was joined at the dinner by his colleagues from Liverpool and all previous shoulder fellows.


The Presidents dinner was held at Warwick Castle on Thursday 22 June.

Awarwick castle

At the dinner Mr Brownson was received into the position of President by outgoing President and renowned surgeon, Mike Thomas. He was joined at the dinner by 7 of the past 14 BESS presidents including Prof Angus Wallace and Mr Mike Watson who are not only past Presidents but also represent two of the original 4 founding members of the Society.

Mr Brownson said,
“To follow in the footsteps of such outsanding surgeons who have been my mentors and teachers is both an honour and a humbling experience.

BESS are instrumental in educating and developing new innovative techniques in the UK. Their research is key to continued excellence in the field and I look forward to participating fully in my role as new President.”

Mr Brownson to present at The Arthroscopy Association of North America in Denver
12th May, 2017 Category: Latest News

Delighted to be travelling to Denver, USA this month to present at The Arthroscopy Association of North America.

As guest speakers at the annual convention I will be joined as part of the British Orthopaedic Associations delegation by the President of the BOA, Ian Winson with further representation from BESS (British Elbow and Shoulder Society), BASK (British Association for surgery of the knee), BOSTA (British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association) and BOFAS (British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society). Also joining us will be Jo Gibson, prominent sports injury physiotherapist in the North West.

The convention for orthopaedic surgeons across North America will include presentations, discussion groups and workshops across a 3 day period. I have been invited by Dr John Richmond, President of the association to lecture on The management of shoulder instability in elite athletes (a joint presentation with my physiotherapy colleague Jo Gibson),,the management of posterior shoulder instability problems and finally, SLAP tears.

Mr Brownson to host BESS event at the Ricoh Arena
7th March, 2017 Category: Latest News

Mr Browson will be hosting a BESS event at the Ricoh Arena on June 21st alongside Mr Tytherleigh-Strong.
Showcasing live demonstrations direct from the Arthrex mobile lab , delegates will be able to observe superior capsular demonstrations, knotless instability and revers arthroplasty techniques in the 250 seat auditorium.
Mr Brownson explains of the event, “We are delighted to be able to welcome renowned surgeons from across the UK and Europe to this event kindly hosted by Arthrex. Events such as this are both educational and informative and are essential to the continued development of surgical techniques in our specialist area.”

Liverpool Upper Limb Group masterclass
7th March, 2017 Category: Latest News

Hosted by Mr Peter Brownson and the team at the Liverpool Upper Limb Group, The Hilton Hotel in Liverpool will be the venue for the next masterclass in the shoulder series focussed on tendons, nerves and pain.
With consultants joining as part of the educational team from around the UK including Mr Nigel Jones, doctor to the England Rugby team amongst others the event will feature an in-depth approach on advances, techniques and controversies associated with tendinopathy of the shoulder and elbow, covering areas including therapy, biologics and surgery. The modern management, diagnosis and difficulties associated with the neurological conditions of the shoulder and elbow will be covered, incorporating the surgeons and therapists role in managing the outcomes of chronic pain patients.
To book your place please go to

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Technology and Innovation Forum
7th February, 2017 Category: Latest News

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Technology and Innovation Forum
Bonita Springs, Florida USA

Mr Browson has recently returned from the United States where he was invited to attend the Arthrex Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Technology and Innovation Forum. This is an invitation only meeting to key opinion leaders, mainly based in the United States but including surgeons from European Countries. Mr Brownson was one of four UK surgeons invited to the forum.

All aspects of shoulder surgery were discussed on the first day whilst the second day focused on knee surgery.

It was interesting to note that there was rising concern over the role of Proprionibacterium Acnes infection and how this relates to potential poor outcomes following surgery and the difficulties of diagnosing this low grade infection, which has only reached prominence in orthopaedic literature in the last few years.

Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
9th August, 2016 Category: Latest News

The arthroscopy association of North America is one of the largest orthopaedic specialty societies in the world and focuses on arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. The society holds an annual meeting in the United States where typically there will be 10,000 delegates in attendance. Each morning of the meeting there are a series of instructional course lectures covering all of the major joints in the body. In the last two years AANA has invited speakers from a guest nation to attend with a delegation of leading surgeons who might present at these instructional course lectures. Professor John Richmond, the current president of ANNA, has invited Mr Brownson to form a UK delegation to attend the 2017 AANA meeting in Denver.