Welcome Message from the Co-Chairmen

Dear guests and colleagues,

This is our great honour and pleasure to introduce the 38
th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association. The theme of this year is “Build and Brighten – Child and Adolescent Orthopaedics in the next decade”. The Chinese title for the Congress is 匡本亮途.

We all know that the Latin origin of the word Orthopaedics means “to correct a child’s deformity”. That’s why the logo of our Association depicts a young tree being staked by 2 angels.
We believe that the practice and development of Paediatric Orthopaedics is in the crossroad in Hong Kong. We face a decreasing birth rate in the city as well as influx of young immigrants from Mainland China. The opening of the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital offers both opportunities and challenges. Who knows what changes the Belt and Road Initiatives and Greater Bay Area development will bring upon the medical service provision and research model of Hong Kong in the future. It is a good time for us to consolidate the success and experience attained in the past and look forward to building a brighter future for our next generation of patients and surgeons alike.  

With the unswerving support from both University Orthopaedics and Traumatology Departments and the Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, we invited 12 renowned speakers from all over the world. Our Scientific subcommittee worked closely with our speakers and different chapters, sister associations and interest groups to formulate a program that is not only interested to Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons but also appeals to orthopaedic community and allied health at large. We hope that to build a platform to facilitate discussion on orthopaedic issues in the transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood.

In the process in organizing this Congress, while we did come up with a few challenges, we are particularly in debt to the tremendous support from the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association and the selfless efforts paid by all organizing committee members. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our local speakers, moderators, and adjudicators in perfecting the content of the congress. We also witness a thriving orthopaedic community with remarkable interest in scientific research. There was an impressive 13% increase in abstract submission from last year. Last but not least, the generous sponsorship from our industry partners is indispensable in making the Congress successful. Please enjoy the Congress and got brightened.

Dr Alexander Kai Yiu CHOI, Dr Koon Man SIEH
Co-Chairmen, Organising Committee