Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Royal Infirmary, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital (Edinburgh)
William Souter, a highly accomplished hand surgeon from Edinburgh, has made significant contributions to the field through his expertise, leadership, and dedication to patient care. He completed his education at George Watson's Boy's College in Edinburgh and went on to earn his MB ChB degree with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1957. Souter furthered his qualifications by obtaining F.R.C.S. (Ed) in 1960. Souter's pursuit of excellence led him to undergo orthopaedic training in Edinburgh, Derby, and Seattle, where he honed his surgical skills and expanded his knowledge. He became a Consultant to the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital in Edinburgh. Additionally, he served as the Clinical Director in the Surgical Arthritis Unit at the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital.
His academic contributions included serving as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Orthopaedic Department at Edinburgh University and a Visiting Professor in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Souter's impact extended beyond his clinical and academic roles. He was a founding member and first Honorary Secretary of the European Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society in 1978, driving advancements in surgical treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. In 1988, he became the founding member and first President of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, further showcasing his leadership and dedication to these specialties. Recognized as an esteemed speaker, Souter delivered notable lectures such as the Eric Moberg Memorial Lecture, the Carl Hirsch Lectureship, the Sir Ernest Finch Memorial Lecture, the Pulvertaft Memorial Lecture, and the Sir John Charley Memorial Lecture. These lectures solidified his reputation as a respected authority in hand surgery.
In 1993, Souter's peers elected him as the President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, a prestigious position that highlighted his leadership and influence in the field. William Souter's extensive contributions to hand surgery, his dedication to patient care, and his leadership have left an indelible mark. His expertise and numerous accolades have shaped the field of orthopaedic surgery, inspiring future generations of medical professionals … thus warranting the prestigious award of IFFSH Pioneer in 2010.