Abboud, Rami

Professor, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching, Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, Director, Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR)

  • United Kingdom

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Professor Rami Abboud has been actively involved and played an instrumental role in the development, progress and resulting successes of the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery at the University of Dundee since joining the department in 1988.

As a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1988, Professor Abboud continued his postgraduate studies and obtained an MSc and PhD in Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics and motion analysis at the University of Dundee in 1989 and 1995 respectively.

Professor Abboud has progressed from being a Postgraduate Student to Research Assistant (1993) to Lecturer and Director of the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) Course (1996) to Senior Lecturer (2002) and subsequently to a Professor and Head of Department (2007). His roles as Finance Manager (since 1998), Deputy Head of Department (2001-2003), Acting Head of Department (2003-2007), and Head of Department (2007-present) allowed him to strategically develop and invest in the main core of the department’s activities namely taught courses (in-house and distance learning), and in research in founding, developing and leading the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) (2003 - present) that has evolved to become one of the leading facilities in the world for motion analysis and biomechanical research. IMAR’s facilities have allowed him and his team the opportunity to expand their activities into a multidisciplinary portfolio of teaching and research, collaborating with a diverse range of disciplines from medicine and allied health professionals to science and engineering as well as art and choreography. His research portfolio focusses on alleviating pain, enhancing quality of life and performance.

Professor Abboud served as the 1st College Lead for International Affairs (2008 - 2010) and Chairman of the School of Medcine Undergraduate Intercalated BMSc Honours Degree between 2002 and 2015, and demit post when appointed Associated Dean for Learning & Teaching. The intercalated degree flourished under his leadership and has seen an increase in courses on offer from 7 to 14 associated with an increase of medical students intercalating from 15 to 100 students. Professor Abboud was appointed the Deputy Director of the Medical Education Institute (MEI) and the Director of its Postgraduate Education (2011-2015). In 2015, Professor Abboud was appointed Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching and Head of Postgraduate Division at the School of Medicine.

Professor Abboud has been an elected member of the University Senate since 1996 and was elected by the Academic Council to the University governing body, Court, in 2004 and 2007 respectively, and in 2011 for a further 4 years by the University Senate, serving a record 11 years as an elected member of Court. Professor Abboud serves on numerous other committees within the University and respective Societies.

Professor Abboud has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Foot Journal since 1998 and the Foot and Ankle Surgery (2009-2013). In January 2007, he was invited by the China Instrument and Control Society to be the foreign member for the Editorial Committee of the Chinese Journal of Scientific Instrument and was promoted to Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Professor Abboud is a regular reviewer to over 15 peer-review journals. In January 2013, Professor was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Foot for a period of 5 years, and has been renewed for a further 5 years starting January 2018.

Professor Abboud qualified as a certified accredited mediator, trained by Catalyst Mediation, in 2008, and was a member of the Scottish Mediation Network until 2015.

Professor Abboud’s dedication towards teaching, research and training was recognised in 2011 by the award of a rare accolade, Honorary Fellow, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England which was formally recognised at the College’s Awards Ceremony on 18th January 2012. The number of living non-medically qualified Honorary Fellows shall not exceed 30 at any one time; a rare accolade that is usually awarded to internationally recognised figures in their particular speciality. 

In June 2017, Professor Abboud received the University of Dundee most prestigious award, The Chancellor's Award, for his outstanding contributions to teaching at the University with a unanimous decision. Nominations are evaluated by a panel of peers drawn from senior colleagues from every school across the institution, professional services and DUSA. Successful nominees represent the very best teaching practice at the University, which is not only excellent but deemed to be outstanding in five categories: impact, sustainable change, enhancement to practice, support for transformational learning and the establishment of a legacy for practice.

In February 2018, Professor Abboud was awarded Honorary Professor of Orthopaedics from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, India, for his outstanding contribution to orthopaedics and educational opportunities offered to surgeons from India through the MCh (Orth) and other degrees. 

in March 2018, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh awarded Professor Abboud an Honorary Fellowship ad hominem. A quote from the College website: The Honorary Fellowship is given to a limited number of individuals of outstanding academic merit, or other outstanding contributions to the profession. Those who receive this accolade are deemed by the College to be figures recognized worldwide in their particular specialty and have achieved distinction in their professional field and rendered special service to the “art and science of surgery”. It is extremely rare for such an accolade to be presented to a non-surgeon and it is extraordinarily rare to be presented to a non-medically qualified individual. This award will most likely make Professor Abboud the only non-medically qualified individual to have received both colleges of surgeons’ most prestigious awards worldwide.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Master of Science, University of Dundee

Bachelor of Engineering, American University of Beirut

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 1994 2019

Accuracy and repeatability of a semi-quantitative barefoot pressure measurement method for clinical use: The Derks Calculation Method

Maetzler, M., Bochdansky, T. & Abboud, R. J., 28 Mar 2019, In : Foot. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Confidence Intervals

Comparison of 3 ankle braces in reducing ankle inversion in a basketball rebounding task

Dewar, R. A., Arnold, G. P., Wang, W., Drew, T. S. & Abboud, R. J., 27 May 2019, In : Foot. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ankle Injuries
1 Citation (Scopus)

The effects of wearing an Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis (ASO) Ankle Brace on ankle joints kinetics and kinematics during a basketball rebounding task

Dewar, R. A., Arnold, G. P., Wang, W., Drew, T. S. & Abboud, R. J., 7 May 2019, In : Foot. 40, p. 34-38 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Orthotic Devices
Ankle Joint
Biomechanical Phenomena
31 Downloads (Pure)

Comparison of branded rugby headguards on their effectiveness in reducing impact on the head

Frizzell, E. R. A., Arnold, G. P., Wang, W., Abboud, R. J. & Drew, T. S., 25 Oct 2018, In : BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. 4, 1, p. 1-7 7 p., e000361.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mechanical Ventilators
1 Citation (Scopus)
28 Downloads (Pure)

Comparison of gait kinetics in total and unicondylar knee replacement surgery

Miller, S., Agarwal, A., Haddon, W. B., Johnston, L., Arnold, G., Wang, W. & Abboud, R. J., 4 Apr 2018, In : Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 100, 4, p. 267-274 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Knee Replacement Arthroplasties
Knee Prosthesis
Prostheses and Implants

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Participation in conference

33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Rami J. Abboud (Participant)
30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Alterations in Shoulder Motion Following Copeland® Shoulder Resurfacing Arthroplasty

Author: Jariwala, A., 2014

Supervisor: Wigderowitz, C. (Supervisor) & Abboud, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine

Biomechanical investigation of the hallux metatarsophalangeal joint

Author: Ramanathan, A. K., 2014

Supervisor: Abboud, R. (Supervisor) & Drew, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine

Can Hippotherapy Improve Gait in Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Author: Giraudon, J., 2017

Supervisor: Abboud, R. (Supervisor) & Arnold, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science

Development of a tri-axial (vertical and shear) force measurement foot platform

Author: Arnold, G. P., 2010

Supervisor: Abboud, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Healing of Bone Fracture in Type 1 Diabetic Rat Models: a Potential Gene Therapy Using Bone Morphogenetic Protein

Author: Guo, Q., 2015

Supervisor: Wang, W. (Supervisor) & Abboud, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy