Schoen Clinic London Consultant elected as President of The British Association of Spine Surgeons
Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital London is delighted to announce that Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr David Cumming, has been appointed as President of The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS).
BASS is one of several national spinal societies that form the United Kingdom Spine Societies Board (UKSSB) and is a specialist society of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA). It is the only specialist society that represents spinal surgeons from orthopaedic & neurosurgery in the UK, resulting in great opportunities for shared learning between specialties.
David has been active within the society for many years, having served on the Executive Committee as secretary until his election to President in March 2021. “It's an honour to be appointed as President of BASS at this stage of my career”, says David, who has worked at Schoen Clinic London since its opening in 2018.
“In my new role, it is my aim to not only support my fellow spinal surgeons in their careers but it is just as important to ensure that we set the highest standards of care for our patients”.
BASS operates as a charity, and all money is put back into the Society in order to fund essential research and education into spinal conditions and treatments. The Society is able to produce the most up to date patient information on various conditions, ensuring that it remains free to the user, and easily available online.
“We signpost patients to this information because it's the most comprehensive and informative for our patients”, continues David. “As president, I will help oversee this important work and, together with the rest of the Executive Committee, continue to push hard to achieve the highest standards in all that we do.”
At Schoen Clinic London, David is an integral member of the spinal team, having helped set up the service when the hospital opened.
“A lot of my patients suffer from degenerative disorders and conditions like sciatica, and it helps to be at the forefront of research to know how best to treat them as medicine advances. As not all spinal patients require surgery, I work closely with other specialists such as physiotherapists and pain services both at Schoen and in the NHS. This enables us to deliver a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach for my patients. This really ensures we're delivering the best possible care to our patients, whilst ensuring excellent outcomes.”
As well as his work within Schoen Clinic London and BASS, David is also Clinical Chair of Specialist Spinal Services for NHS England, where he looks at developing specifications and policy to ensure the NHS is providing the best quality care for patients across England.
In his spare time, David spends time with his family and enjoys keeping fit with his daughter, a keen gymnast, as well as with his wife, who is a personal trainer that works primarily with women over 40 to optimise their health.
“I truly believe that I can utilise my experience from each of my different roles, and provide a unique perspective as President of BASS, ensuring we continue to provide the best guidance and advice for health care professionals and our patients.”