This oration provides an opportunity for us to pay respect to a great man whom the College is honouring. What can I say of this great man? Tan Sri Abdul Majid Ismail was one hundred percent a Liverpool man steeped in the traditions of Robert Jones, Hugh Owen Thomas, Bryan McFarland, Robert Roaf and many others. Dr AM Ismail was the first Malaysian orthopaedic surgeon. He not only practised but also built-up orthopaedics in Malaysia in the Liverpool tradition. His registrars were trained well by him and sent for further training to Liverpool. After their return, they manned orthopaedic services in various parts of the country. This was a sound system through which Dr AM Ismail ensured quality and standards at a very early stage in the development of orthopaedics in the country. This strong foundation for the development of orthopaedics in Malaysia was possible because of Tan Sri Abdul Majid Ismail’s vision and effort. We therefore fondly call him the father of orthopaedics in Malaysia.
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