Mr Michael Thomas

Personal profile

Mr Thomas qualified MB BS from Kings College Hospital, London in 1980.  Subsequently he obtained the FRCS(Edinburgh) in l984, FRCS(England) in 1986 and FRCS(Orth) in 1993. After completing general surgical training in 1984 he embarked on specialist orthopaedic training initially in the University of Cape Town, South Africa returning to England in 1986. Mr Thomas then completed Registrar and Senior Registrar rotations at Charing Cross and St Marys hospitals in London which involved Senior Registrar posts in shoulder surgery at Reading and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore. 

He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Berkshire in 1994 with an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. As the first consultant to be appointed with this interest in East Berkshire, he then established and developed this service both within the NHS and the private sector. This surgery involves both arthroscopic (keyhole surgery) and open procedures such as shoulder and elbow joint replacement working with specialist anaesthetists (performing specialised regional nerve blockade for post-operative pain relief) and physiotherapists (specialising in this area to give the best post-operative rehabilitation). He also served as clinical director of his NHS department for 7 years, over twice the normal time spent in this role.

Since 2008 in addition to his work in East Berkshire Mr Thomas has been elected to serve in various roles on the council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) as well as being a member of the BESS Research Committee. He was most recently elected by the membership to the position of Vice President (President Elect) in 2013 and has now taken over as President of the society from June 2015 to serve for the next 2 years. He is also an Associate Editor of Shoulder and Elbow, the official journal of BESS, reviews articles for a number of other orthopaedic journals and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Joint Registry.

Mr Thomas has written a number of articles and book chapters on shoulder and elbow problems as well as contributing to a number of published guidelines on patient care pathways produced by the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) to advise healthcare professionals treating these conditions. He has also been invited to lecture and teach on shoulder and elbow surgery to many countries around the world and as a visiting surgeon to a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. 

Professional Membership

• Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)                                    
• Current President and Member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) 
• Member European Shoulder and Elbow Society (SECEC)
• Current Secretary and Member of Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (RASS)
• Member European Rheumatism Arthritis Surgical Society (ERASS)
• Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed)
• Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS)



Clinical Interests

  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff / impingement
  • Tennis elbow
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Shoulder and elbow injury/fracture

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedics, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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