What is BOTA?


The Belgian Orthopaedic Trauma Association (BOTA) is the national lead partner for medical doctors with a special interest in the musculoskeletal trauma-care.

The Belgian Orthopaedic Trauma Association has been founded in the summer of 1990. The founders were René Verdonk (Gent), Peter Reynders (Leuven) and Jan Vanmelkebeek (Antwerpen). During the next years our organisation enlarged under the presidency of Pierre Opdecam (Brussel), William de Groote (Brugge) , René Verdonk (Gent), Piet Reynders (Leuven-Bruxelles) and Guy Putzeys (Kortrijk).

The current president is Prof. Dr. Olivier Cornu and vice-president is Dr. O. De Valkeneer.

Our purpose is still promotion of an evidenced based treatment plan for orthopaedic trauma. Every year we organise a national congres but we also organise casuistic meeting where every-one can present there ‘case-reports’ with a peer review. These case-reports can be very interesting, also for residents.

The need to position the orthopaedic trauma surgeon as a major partner of the trauma care has pushed our Society to become in 2016 an institutional member of the European Society of Trauma and Emergency (ESTES).

President and vice-president

PRESIDENT: Prof. Dr. O. Cornu

BOTA board

President: O. Cornu
Vice-president: G. De Wachter
Secretary: E. De Groof
Treasurer: C. Marchal
Past-president: G. Putzeys
Joint meeting coordinator: D. Putineau
Communication officer: W. De Weerdt
ESTES liason: G. Putzeys

Board members

I. Caracudovici
O. De Valkeneer
H. Hulsmans
M. Jayankura
P. Reynders
F. Schuind
C.-A. Valcu
M. Vandesande
M. Van Lieshout
A. Van Tongel
P. Yde

Registered Office

B.O.T.A. vzw
Edgar Tinellaan 18
2900 Schoten

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