I strive to remain a safe, competent, knowledgeable and skilled orthopaedic consultant who is respected and liked by my peers, colleagues and patients. I am passionate about regular patient involvement while making important decisions about the treatment that they receive. My clinical judgments are based on years of experience, published clinical literature and latest research and are highly personalised to the needs of the individual.
I am a substantive Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and have a vast experience of treating various orthopaedic problems in all age groups of patients; from high performance elite athletes to elderly patients with arthritis, at both national and international levels.
I have been regularly performing hip and knee replacement procedures, adult ligament reconstruction and foot and ankle surgery including management of sports injuries. In addition, I have a very good trauma management portfolio along with a vast experience of using specialist techniques and managing multiple-injured patients. I have also been exposed to advanced techniques such as the use of endoprosthetic replacements for salvage procedures in revision arthroplasty. I specialise in treating refractory and difficult tendon problems with novel therapies such as dry needling, autologous blood injections, high volume injections and platelet rich plasma injections. I can also perform visco-supplementation injections and prolotherapy injections for other appropriate conditions.
I completed my basic surgical training from Cambridge, Glasgow and Preston. My specialist orthopaedic training was on the prestigious Oxford Orthopaedic Training Programme, which included training at the world famous, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospitals. I successfully passed the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) exam for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery on my first attempt, while training in Leicester.
I pursued my fellowship at the prestigious arthroplasty unit in Nottingham where I learnt how to manage complex hip and knee problems. I also did travelling fellowships at the Endoclinik, Hamburg and Lyon Orthopaedic Centre, learning how to improve satisfaction levels in patients and dealing with difficult problems. I then moved to Toronto, Canada to take up a place at the Sunnybrook Hospital, concentrating on managing sports injuries and complex trauma. This is where I developed an interest in optimising the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. I have subsequently been able to assess and treat a variety of sport, exercise related and musculoskeletal problems.
I have a very strong interest in research as evidenced by my PhD from the University of Oxford. I have over five book chapters, 25 original papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 40 academic presentations at national and international conferences. I am particularly interested in implant design, biomechanics and the application of mechanical engineering principles to the field of orthopaedics. Consequently, I have established strong links with the Universities of Oxford and Leeds, which allow me to be part of several collaborative projects.
I have a significant interest in teaching and training. I am an ATLS Instructor and have been formally teaching students from the Universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Bristol, Toronto, Glasgow and Nottingham. I particularly enjoy preparing registrars for the FRCS (Tr. & Orth.) examination. I have organised various academic events and have been a faculty on number of educational courses.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young daughters. I regularly participate in sports, playing badminton, squash and cricket. My other hobbies include cooking and “attempting” to play the acoustic guitar. I enjoy hiking and trekking and foremost amongst my experiences are the trips to the Himalayan mountain range, the highest mountain being 20,000 feet above the sea level.
I am a medical volunteer for various charitable organisations, which undertake several free annual medical camps.