The Bone and Joint Decade Ambassador programme honours outstanding service and achievement by leaders in the musculoskeletal community. Comprising both health-care professionals and patient advocates, BJD Ambassadors promote the mission of the Decade internationally and within their countries, assist National Action Network development, facilitate strategic contacts and work with the International Coordinating Council to achieve the goals of the Decade.
The following outstanding members have been awarded the title of BJD Ambassador :
Please see Professor Sahap Atik’s CV here
Scott Haldeman DC, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FCCS(C), FAAN holds faculty positions in the Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine, the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles and the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, and the Orange County Neurological Society. He served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is the founder and currently serves as President of World Spine Care, a non-profit organization endorsed by the Decade of the Bone and Joint. He currently chairs the Global Spine Care Initiative to develop evidence-informed, practical, and sustainable, spine health care models for communities around the world. He has been on the editorial boards of eight professional and scientific journals. He has published over 200 articles or book chapters and over 70 scientific abstracts, and has authored or edited 8 text books. He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the United States National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. In 2016 he received the Bone and Joint Decade Global Alliance Distinguished Service Award.
Ghazala Hameed has served in the field of musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation for over two decades. A major focus of her efforts has been towards promoting access to affordable healthcare for people with musculoskeletal health conditions coming from the low income sector and prevention of disabilities by raising awareness of osteoporosis, arthritis, rickets and other debilitating musculoskeletal health conditions. She has served as the National Action Network Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone & Joint Decade since 2010 and was appointed Ambassador in 2014.
She represents Rehabilitation International in Pakistan and is the National Secretary. She is also Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled.
Toby King, Executive Director of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), has worked for trade and professional associations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. As Executive Director of the USBJI, which is the U.S. arm of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade, he has overseen the development of programs designed to lower the burden of musculoskeletal disease and to foster collaboration among the broad spectrum of healthcare professionals concerned with these diseases, as well as researchers, patient advocates, and industry.
A certified association executive, King is a graduate of the IPADE business school. He began his career working in the field of foreign trade and investment, first as a trainee at the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, affiliated with the Confederation of British Industry, becoming its General Manager. He went on to become the first General Manager of the British-Florida Chamber of Commerce. He then joined the Montreal Board of Trade, which was followed by many years with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, before joining the USBJI.
Prof. Omondi Oyoo FACR; FRCP(Edin); FIPH; MMed ;MB Ch B; Cert Trop Med; Clin Rheum; Cert Clin Epid.
Prof. Omondi Oyoo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics , School of Medicine , University of Nairobi, Head of rheumatology unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya and a Honorary Research Fellow in the department of musculoskeletal Biology, University of Liverpool.
Presently pursuing a PhD at Kenyatta University, Prof.Oyoo received his medical degree from the University of Nairobi and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Nairobi.
He obtained his fellowships and gained experience in rheumatology variously from Tel Aviv University in Israel, University of Cape town in the Republic of south Africa, Tulane University in USA and Louisiana state university in USA . He is particularly proud of having attended The Alliance High School in Kenya that instilled in him the value of serving others and the confidence to know that he could attain a professional career.
Prof. Oyoo has studied international health as a Humphrey fellowship scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans and epidemiology at Aberdeen University in United Kingdom.
Prof.Oyoo is a practicing Rheumatologist in Nairobi and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and is the author of the well regarded book, understanding arthritis. An avid lecturer, his CV lists over 100 presentations to audiences of all types on a wide variety of topics. He has served as the secretary and later President of Kenya Association of Physicians .He is a Past President of African League of associations for rheumatology (AFLAR) , Past chairman and member of the Executive committee of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology(ILAR), Chairman, Kenya society for rheumatology, chairman, association for arthritis and rheumatic diseases of Kenya, Founder and Chairman of Uwezo rheumatology foundation and the WHO bone and joint decade National action network coordinator for Kenya.
In the year 2010, Prof. Oyoo was appointed the bone and joint decade ambassador by the international steering committee , The bone and joint Decade in appreciation of his role in promoting the goals of the bone and joint decade and in recognition of distinguished professional excellence and service to colleagues and people affected by musculoskeletal disorders; and in the same year he was also proclaimed as a great mind of the 21st century by the governing board of the American Biographical institute due to significant accomplishment within , and mastery of Rheumatology.
Kimberly Templeton, MD is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. She is a past president of the US Bone and Joint Initiative and represents the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on the USBJI Board. Dr. Templeton has been involved with the development of the various public education projects and Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative of the USBJI. She also sits on the steering committee for the Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the US, a USBJI publication, and authored the recent chapter on sex and gender differences in musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Templeton is the current president of the American Medical Women’s Association.