Dr John William White

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS(Tr&Orth), PhD(Orthopaedics), Bachelor of Music (Hons 1st class)

Personal profile

Dr John White is an upper-limb orthopaedic surgeon (shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist). His NHS post is at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.  He launched the Musician’s Clinic specialising in orthopaedic problems of musicians at 9 Harley Street and BMI The Hendon Hospital, London.

His orthopaedic training was as a senior registrar at University College London from 1994 to 1999. He undertook fellowships in upper limb surgery in 1999 during his final year as a trainee. He started his first consultant post at Romford in 2000 where he also developed a shoulder, elbow and hand service.  He was appointed an honorary hand surgeon to the St Andrew’s Hand Unit tertiary referral centre, Chelmsford, in 2001.

His special interests within upper limb surgery include rheumatoid disease; severe Dupuytren’s disease; upper-limb arthroscopy including elbow and wrist; shoulder, elbow and finger joint replacements and scaphoid non-union. In addition to this, he has a special interest in the orthopaedic problems of musicians having worked as a professional musician prior to his medical studies and subsequently having completed a PhD thesis on the musculo-skeletal problems of musicians.

Prior to his medical studies he completed an honours degree in music performance majoring in percussion and computer music.  In 1981 he won the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s young musicians award with a performance of the Creston Marimba Concerto.  He undertook a year of advanced studies in 1983 between the Royal College of Music, London studying timpani with Alan Cumberland and orchestral percussion with Michael Skinner and Ithaca College, New York, studying marimba and vibraphone with Gordon Stout.  From 1988 to 1992 he was a part-time lecturer in percussion at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University, South Australia.

His professional music career included playing percussion with various orchestras in Australia including the Australian Opera, the South Australian Opera, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He still plays on an amateur basis with local London orchestras including the Barnet Symphony Orchestra, the Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Orchestral Society.

Clinical Interests

  • Musculo-skeletal problems of Musicians
  • Severe Dupuytrens disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Small joint arthroscopy
  • Joint replacement in the upper limb including hand joints, Scaphoid non-union, peripheral nerve entrapement
  • Outcome measures in orthopaedics, clinical IT systems

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society

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