Wim SchreursLetter from the President, Dr B Willem Schreurs

Dear Members,

February has come and gone and our diaries as hip surgeons are filling up for the year ahead. As well as representing EHS at National Hip Meetings wherever possible, my focus with our various EHS committees is of course the continuation and constant improvement of the high quality scientific activities we can offer you from EHS.

Our SciCom had a brainstorm meeting in Milan recently, hosted by the new chairman and former EHS President, (as well as Nat Rep for Italy,) Dr Luigi Zagra, where we finalised our programme for the EHS Half Day Speciality Session on 1st June 2017 (from 8.15am-12.15pm) at the EFORT congress in Vienna. For example, one of the sessions named Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty will include presentations from Søren Overgaard on The Risk Of Revision In Specified Patient And Implant Groups, Thomas Ilchmann on The Work-Up For A Revision, our own Secretary General Eleftherios Tsiridis on Tricks To Remove The Acetabulum Component, our Treasurer Theofilos Karachalios on Tricks To Remove The Femur, and finally Past President and chairman of EduCom, Gösta Ullmark on The Approach In Dislocating Hips, to mention just a few.

Meanwhile the organisation of the EHS Congress in The Hague September 2018 is going very well, and we have already had discussions about the 2020 EHS meeting in Lille to be held be Dr Epinette.

Greetings from The Netherlands,

Your EHS President, B Willem Schreurs

Letter from the Secretary General, Associate Prof Eleftherios TsiridisTsiridis

Dear Members,

Thank you to the very many of you who have kindly paid your annual membership dues, starting at €100. Of course, Emeritus and Honorary Members are free of charge, and Young Members pay just half the fee.

Our diaries are filling up with scientific events for the year ahead. You had an email from me already this month about three meetings in the world of Hip Orthopaedics that EHS is a patron of:-

2nd and 3rd March 2017 
University Hospital Infanta Leonor 
Madrid, Spain
Including one live surgery of Total Hip Replacement through less invasive approach; plus different talks about multiple topics regarding total hip arthroplasty and hip preserving surgery in young adult.
13th and 14th April 2017
Lyon, France
The French Hip and Knee Society (SFHG) is an official partner 
The Hip Section of the Portuguese Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology’s 4th Meeting
4th and 5th May 2017
Braga, Portugal
The meeting includes a cadaver course and different sessions on hip preservation surgery and hip arthroplasty.

In addition to this of course we will see you at EFORT in Vienna at the end of May/beginning of June. EHS is very involved as always, not only with its Half Day Speciality Session on Thursday 1st June, but with very many moderators and speakers throughout the congress.

Meanwhile, we are now closing the application deadline for the EHS Visiting Fellowship 2017 today. Thanks to everyone who applied. The ExCom and EduCom will decide upon the two most suitable candidates and the results will be disclosed here soon.

EHS Secretary General, Associate Prof Eleftherios Tsiridis

I started my fantastic journey in Antwerp, Belgium. And I moved from there on to Durban. From Mainz over Melbourne to London,… Ontario. And from New York to Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr Kathleen Pittoors
EHS Member from Belgium

EHS Member from Belgium, Kathleen Pittoors

Are there many female orthopaedic surgeons in Belgium? Not really – between 1 or 2  – but you can definitely count the full-time female hip surgeons on the fingers of one hand. And I’m one of them – maybe the only finger? It surely is not an evidence: hip surgery needs passion, but also power. Male power.
However, I was 11 when I decided not to jump into the family business (tomato business) , but to become a doctor, an orthopaedic surgeon even. I started my fantastic journey in Antwerp, Belgium. And I moved from there on to Durban. From Mainz over Melbourne to London,… Ontario. And from New York to Groningen, The Netherlands.
It was in this country where I started my professional career – Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. After a great period of nine years it was time to go back to Belgium. To start a family life but also to be part of a fantastic group of qualified orthopaedic surgeons in the Algemeen Ziekenhuis in Turnhout. This is the place where I’d like to continue  being a specialist in 
adult hip surgery with the focus on hip arthroscopy, periarticular osteotomy (together with my hip unit partner Dr Roos).  Also we are a reference center for the AMIS technique for hip artrosis.   
Why I am telling this? Because hip surgery needs passion. But also power. Girl power!


Dr Kathleen Pittoors
Orthopedisch Centrum Turnhout, Antwerp