A medical revolutionary whose contribution has changed much of what we do
Gordon Waddell was born in Scotland, and qualified in medicine at Glasgow in 1967. Orthopaedics then beckoned and he was appointed to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1977. Thus began his special interest in understanding spinal problems, back pain, and their resultant disability. Gordon was an extraordinary scientist and communicator, with an uncanny ability to synthesise complex information and present it in a way that changed how people did things. His impact has been worldwide.