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We have world-class guests.

 Prof. Dr. Denise Eygendaal 

 Head of the Department of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 

Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

Professor Dr. Denise Eygendaal is a leading figure in the field of orthopedic surgery, recognized for her specialized focus on disorders of the upper extremity, particularly those related to the elbow. With more than 290 publications to her credit, her career is marked by clinical excellence, innovation and a deep commitment to education and injury prevention. 


Dr. Eygendaal served as a consultant orthopedic surgeon at Amphia Hospital in Breda. Her passion for the field extends beyond the operating room, being a high-level sports consultant for several sports associations. In collaboration with the tennis and gymnastics association, she has developed guidelines for maximal strain in young athletes, underlining her commitment to injury prevention. 


Currently, Dr. Eygendaal holds the position of Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This prestigious position reflects her status as a leader in her field and her dedication to continuous improvement of patient care. 


Dr. Eygendaal is a dedicated educator, providing national and international elbow training. She is one of the initiators of the educational platform, an initiative aimed at improving the treatment of elbow disorders in the Netherlands.


A member of the board of directors of the European Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, she plays a key role in promoting best practices in orthopedics. In recognition of her contributions and commitment to excellence, Dr. Eygendaal was named Top Physician in 2014 in a national election for and by medical specialists. 


Her specialized knowledge of elbow-related sports disorders, and her dedication to injury prevention and treatment, make her participation in our convention an honor and a great addition to our attendees. We look forward to learning from her experience and leadership in the field.

Joaquin Sanchez - Sotelo, MD, PhD 

Chair, Division of shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Professor of Orthopedics Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA 

Chair, Division of shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Professor of Orthopedics Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. 


Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo is a leading figure in the research and practice of orthopedics, currently serving as Professor of Orthopedics and Chair of the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. As a physician-scientist, his work is diverse and valuable, with research interests focused on surgical conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow joints, the application of artificial intelligence to shoulder and elbow surgery, and strategies in individualized medicine. 


His innovative contributions in shoulder and elbow replacement surgery have driven significant advances in patient care. This includes the development of innovative implants, advanced surgical technologies such as mixed reality and robotics, and strategies to improve implant durability. 


Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo also uses artificial intelligence in his research, applying machine learning and deep learning to understand and improve shoulder and elbow surgery. His work in individualized medicine seeks to identify individuals at risk for suboptimal outcomes after orthopedic surgery and develop adjuvant therapies to improve these outcomes. 


Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo's work has been recognized in a variety of ways. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to orthopedics, and currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. In addition, he has been chairman of the Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Research Review Committee since 2006. In addition, he is vice president of the American Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (ASES). His risk profiling studies and development of adjuvant therapies will have a major impact on optimizing rotator cuff healing and decreasing the risk of stiffness after injury or surgery. With his remarkable experience and accomplishments, we are delighted to have Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo as one of our speakers at the convention.

Prof. Dr. Graham King, MD, Msc 

Director Roth McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Center 

University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 

Director Roth McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Center University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 


Professor Dr. Graham King, MD, MSc, is a recognized specialist and leader in the field of elbow, wrist and hand surgery. From his current position as Director of the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Extremity Centre at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, Dr. King is at the forefront of orthopedic surgery practice and research. 


After gaining valuable clinical and research experience at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. King joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in 1992. There he established the Bioengineering Laboratory at St. Joseph's Health Care Hand and Upper Extremity Center, creating a platform for exploration and innovation in the field of wrist and elbow biomechanics, as well as computer- and imaging-assisted orthopedic surgery. 


The accomplishments of Dr. King and his collaborators in this laboratory are remarkable. They have attracted considerable peer review funding and initiated numerous industrial collaborations. Dr. King's work has been recognized with the Premier's Award for Excellence in Research from the Ontario Government and the J. Edouard Samson Research Award from the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. 


In his role as an educator, Dr. King has had a significant impact on the training of the next generation of orthopedic surgeons, serving as a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he leads the Department of Surgery at St. Joseph's Health Centre, demonstrating exceptional leadership and management skills. 


Dr. King has been honored with the Dean's Award for Excellence in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021, both awarded by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, reflecting his dedication and significant contribution to his field. His tireless focus on improving orthopedics practice and research ensures that he continues to be a key influencer in his specialty.

Prof. Dr Roger Van Riet, MD, PhD 

Orthopedic Surgeon, Elbow Surgeon 

AZ Monica Deurne. Antwerpen, Belgium 

Professor Dr. Roger Van Riet, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned elbow surgeon and a leading figure in arthroscopic elbow surgery. His remarkable career has been marked by significant innovations and contributions to the field of orthopedics. 


Dr. Van Riet has pioneered the treatment of elbow injuries in numerous international athletes, including Olympic and world champions. He has gained recognition for the development of his technique for the repair and reconstruction of the unstable elbow, as well as tendon repairs around the elbow. 


In his role as Visiting Professor at Antwerp University Hospital, Dr. Van Riet has contributed to numerous publications and is currently involved in the development of a new elbow prosthesis. 


As director of the fellowship program at AZ Monica in Antwerp, he has participated in the training of many young colleagues. Dr. Van Riet also holds prominent positions in various orthopedic societies. He is Chairman of the Healthcare Delivery Committee of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (SECEC), a member of the SECEC executive committee, and a board member of the Belgian Elbow and Shoulder Society (BELSS) and the Belgian Orthopaedic Society (BVOT). 


With his vision focused on the future of orthopedics, Professor Dr. Roger Van Riet continues to be a decisive influence and a source of inspiration in the field, and his contribution to the Patagonia Elbow Meeting will be invaluable. 

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