With sadness we record the passing of Spine Society of Australia member ANDREW FAGAN on 20 June 2010, aged 50 years after a long illness.
In addition to his private practice, Andrew worked a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide and was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, University of Adelaide.
After graduating MBBS from the University of Adelaide Andrew undertook basic surgical training at Flinders Medical Centre before heading to the UK where he gained his FRCS (Glas). He spent two years in India as a general surgeon before returning through the subcontinent, Africa and Europe to various positions at FMC, Royal Adelaide Hospital and the QEH, eventually qualifying FRACS (Orth) in 2000. The highlights of his academic career were the ISSLS Prize (2003) for a meticulous study on innervation of the intervertebral disc, and the SSE Clinical Science Award (2004) for a study of the Jigsaw sign as an indicator of congenital aetiology of os Odontoideum. He also had a keen interest in the etiology of scoliosis.
Andrew is survived by his wife Suzie and children Mairead, Joey, Bea and Mungo.