Prestigious Anna prize for pioneering research awarded to Job Doornberg

Orthopaedic surgeon Job Doornberg has been awarded the prestigious Anna Prize for his pioneering research in the field of orthopaedic-traumatology. The award, presented by the Anna Fund, recognises Doornberg's exceptional international work, which focuses on data-driven research and the exploration of the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in optimising surgical approaches and post-operative care for patients with bone fractures.

Inspired by the inconsistencies in surgical practices in different countries, Doornberg has established an international research programme called "AI in Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery", involving a consortium of orthopaedic and trauma surgeons and data scientists across three continents. Using digital imaging technologies, such as X-rays and CT scans, combined with patient demographics and underlying health status, this collaboration aims to develop decision-support tools that can lead to better and faster recoveries, ultimately reducing the need for additional surgeries. 

In addition to his role as an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Medical Center Groningen, Doornberg is also associated with the Data Science Center in Health (DASH) as an expert Clinical Application of AI and is a professor of Orthopaedic Trauma at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. The Anna Prize, which encourages exceptional research in the field of orthopaedics, has been awarded biennially since 1993.

To add to this news, Doornberg's inaugural lecture will take place on the 23rd of June. To celebrate, he is organising several events during this week, including the Orthopaedic Trauma Innovation Symposium in Groningen on the 22nd of June. Registration for this is open.