Dr Alan Bass, 1929–2020

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62, No. 7, September 2020, Pages 252-253 Obituaries

Dr Alan Bass

Dr Alan Bass (22 March 1929–12 February 2020) was a renowned and internationally respected specialist and pioneer in sports medicine and arthroscopy. 

He was a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission and head of the Medical Committee for FIFA (the world’s governing body for football). He was a founding board member of the International Arthroscopy Association and founding secretary of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). His specialist qualifications were in physical medicine, and I believe he was the only nonsurgeon to become an active member of AANA. During his career he treated many national and international athletes, celebrities, and movie stars, including Sean Connery.

Alan’s career highlights included being the team doctor (in the dugout with manager Sir Alfred Ramsey) for England’s victory over West Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final. That win is considered the greatest sports achievement in British history. Alan is credited with keeping the team at an optimal level of health and fitness during the marathon journey to winning the trophy. 

Alan is survived by his wife, Nesta; five children; three grandchildren; and two sisters. He was a great leader in our field, and his contributions will always be remembered.
—Brian Day, MB

Brian Day, MB. Dr Alan Bass, 1929–2020. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 7, September, 2020, Page(s) 252-253 - Obituaries.

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