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Release: Aug. 7, 2000

Buckwalter becomes a member of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., head of the department of orthopaedic surgery with University of Iowa Health Care, recently accepted an invitation to become a member of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Since its foundation in 1505, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has continuously promoted the raising of standards in surgical practice through education, training and examination.
It is one of the oldest surgical organizations in the world.

Buckwalter was awarded fellowship ad hominem in the college. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has nearly 13,000 fellows. All are distinguished surgeons who are devoted to the maintenance and promotion of the highest standards of surgical practice and surgical training.

"I am honored to receive this opportunity," Buckwalter said. "It is humbling to think about all of the outstanding physicians who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and to be included in their number is very gratifying."

Buckwalter attended the UI College of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He became head of the UI department of orthopaedic surgery in 1999.