I qualified in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1994 and worked in teaching hospitals in Glasgow while preparing for my first postgraduate surgical exams. Once complete I moved to London and successfully gained a place on the highly competitive surgical training rotation at University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. During this time I passed the second postgraduate surgical exams and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
I decided on a career in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and moved to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore for my final junior doctor job. Subsequently I won a place on the North Thames Higher Surgical Training Rotation to subspecialise in Trauma and Orthopaedics. This is a 6 year program culminating in qualification as a fully trained Consultant Surgeon. During this time I was privileged to work in a number of fantastic institutions including a return to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore as a Registrar, The Royal London Hospital and several hospitals in the East of England including Southend Hospital.
As part of this Higher Surgical Training we have an opportunity to travel to other hospitals worldwide to gain as broad a range of experience as possible, exchange ideas and bring new techniques back to the UK. Many orthopaedic developments have originated in the UK so trainee Consultants are welcomed worldwide by the community. Having enjoyed my time at the Royal London Hospital I won a fellowship sponsored by the Australian Orthopaedic Association at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia where I worked in the State Regional Trauma Centre, furthering my experience in trauma, hip and knee surgery.
During my final placement at the Royal London Hospital a Consultant job became available at Southend Hospital where I had enjoyed a rewarding year as a registrar (and happened to be where I lived with my now wife who originates from the area). As a water and windsport enthusiast it offered a happy combination of professional and personal interests as well as pleasing my wife immensely.
Following a successful interview I was appointed a Consultant Surgeon in Southend in 2005 with a special interest in sports injuries, hip and knee problems, arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery and hip and knee replacement.
I have been instrumental in developing services at Southend and introducing new techniques such as minimally invasive ligment repairs and reconstruction, joint replacements in younger patients, hip resurfacing, customised knee replacements and hip arthroscopy. In the last year I have become Clinical Lead which is a role where I hope to act as a voice for my colleagues to continue to meet the ongoing challenges of the NHS while keeping our patients as the first priority.