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Professor Gordon wins record-breaking BGS presidential vote

A UHDB Consultant has been elected as the President Elect of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) after winning a record-breaking number of votes.

Professor Adam Gordon, an Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Royal Derby Hospital, won the election with 25% of the votes, in a ballot that saw the highest turnout in BGS history.

In addition to being a practicing consultant at UHDB for the last five years, Prof Gordon is also Professor of the Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham, with his academic interests lying predominantly in how healthcare is delivered in care homes.

Prof Gordon will succeed Dr Jennifer Burns, the current President Elect, when she assumes the President’s mantle at the BGS Annual General Meeting in November 2020, before in turn then becoming President of the BGS himself in November 2022.

He said: “I’m truly humbled to have been voted into this role by my colleagues. The British Geriatrics Society campaigns tirelessly to advance care for older people across the UK, so it’ll be a privilege to continue to play a leading role in this vital work.

“This role will provide further opportunities to share the excellent work we’re doing at UHDB to provide quality care for older people, and to also bring best practice from across the country back to Derby and Burton, for the benefit of the communities we serve.”

Prof Gordon has held a variety of senior positions within the BGS for a number of years, serving as Honorary Secretary from 2013-2015, Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2018, and Chair of the Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group until January 2019.  

Professor Tahir Masud, who will be handing the Presidential chain of office to Dr Burns in November, said: “I am delighted to announce that Professor Adam Gordon has been elected. Prof Gordon is a highly esteemed member of both the BGS and the wider medical community.

“He will bring considerable experience and expertise to the post, as well as an innate understanding and respect for the mission of the Society and the core values of its members.”