SASES AJ LAMBRECHTS EPONYMOUS LECTURE
After more than 30 years in private practice, specialising in shoulder and knee surgery, Dr AJ Lambrechts retired from active surgery in 2017 but still consults and assists other colleagues with difficult shoulder cases. He obtained his MB. Ch. B degree from the University of Pretoria in 1972 on a military bursary and did his housemanship year at 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town after completing his degree. For the next three years he rotated between various medical departments before transferring to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. Here he worked specifically with war trauma cases, but also did a lot of sports medicine.
After completing his orthopaedics degree at the University of Pretoria in 1982 he became the first full-time orthopaedic surgeon at 2 Military Hospital. He re-organised the department, handling mostly sports medicine cases and treating war casualties. He went into private practice in 1987 after completing his military contract. Dr Lambrechts became a member of the International Arthroscopy Association (now the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine) in 1988.
He was organising chairperson for the International Shoulder Congress which was held in Cape Town in 2001. The following year he was invited by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons to become a corresponding member and later became a member of the International Board. He was first a secretary and later the president of the SASES. In 2018 he was honoured with a life membership by the SASES.
Dr Lambrechts was an accredited lecturer for both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town – senior registrars were sent to work with him for a period of four months before their final exams. He acted as chairperson of sessions at both local and international orthopaedic congresses and was a South African delegate at four international congresses.
On turning 70 he retired from active surgery and aside from assisting colleagues on shoulder cases he does specialist medico legal reports and is involved as a panel member at the Arbitration Court for the Road Accident Fund Tribunals. He has also done outreach work in Limpopo.
- The AJ Lambrechts Eponymous Lecture eponymous lecture will be held annually or biennially at a national meeting of the SASES.
- The lecture is named the AJ Lambrechts Eponymous Lecture in recognition of Abe Lambrechts as an individual who has made an outstanding and special contribution to shoulder and elbow surgery in South Africa and to the Society of South African Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
- The lecturer is to be nominated and invited by the President of SASES at the time of the meeting.
- The AJ Lambrechts Eponymous Lecture should be an individual – clinician, scientist, academic or societal – preeminent in their field and considered to be, broadly, of relevance to shoulder and elbow surgery.
- The lecturer will be presented with a certificate in recognition of her/his lecture and an honorarium as decided by the EXCO of the SASES.
(Proposed by SASES EXCO and voted for unanimously by the 2022 SASES AGM)