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Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowships

Approved Fellowships and Fellows’ Gallery

This page includes a list of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, and a gallery of recent T&O Fellows.

Applying to be a fellow

If you would like to be an RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, you will need to contact the supervisor/lead consultant of the fellowship programme you are interested in. Ask the supervisor/lead consultant if or when there is a vacancy for a fellow. They will tell you how to apply, if appropriate. Please go to the appropriate fellowship programme listed below for more information.

Fellows appointed to RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships will be expected to be ambassadors for the RCS England and meet the requirements of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot and Ankle Fellowships

Fortius Clinical Sports Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship

Based at: The Fortius Clinic, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: March 2020 – May 2023

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Professor James Calder, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and of the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, London, with Mr Andy Roche, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the management of F&A conditions with particular reference to the evaluation of the most appropriate treatment options that may be considered for elite level athletes.
  • Critically evaluate these options and discuss clearly with the supervisor and athlete/physiotherapist.
  • Understand the different approaches that may be considered for elite athletes when compared to the general population.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the most appropriate investigations for specific F&A conditions.
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the anatomy and radiological features of the F&A and common conditions encountered in sports.
  • Understand the principles of rehabilitation following F&A injuries, particularly in the athlete.
  • Understand the ethical principles underlying patient care and the relevance of legal aspects that are specific to managing professional athletes.
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical examination of F&A conditions.
  • Understand the principles of arthroscopic procedures, specific ligament and tendon repairs.
  • Able to critically review research and initiate / participate in research projects.
  • Communicate clearly with patients and their medical teams regarding injuries, treatment and their rehabilitation.
  • Lead the clinical audit and monthly MDT meeting.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • The Fellow is expected to participate in 250-300 surgical procedures during the 6 months. The majority (90%) will be as the sole assistant as they are private patients and elite athletes.
  • There is an opportunity to lead on surgery under direct supervision of the Lead Supervisor as first assistant at the Hampshire Clinic where NHS patients are treated. There is not the opportunity to undertake surgery unsupervised.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

During 6 months:

  • Ankle arthroscopy - 50
  • Ankle ligament reconstruction - 30
  • Achilles tendon repair - 30
  • Other Achilles surgery - 20
  • Syndesmosis stabilisation - 20
  • Hindfoot fusions - 12
  • Hindfoot/midfoot osteotomies - 12
  • ORIF ankle - 20Forefoot procedures - 60

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of fellowship):

  • Stefan Wever (Feb - Jul 21)
  •  Andrew Hong (Apr 22 - Oct 22)

Hip Surgery Fellowships

Frimley Park Hip Fellowship

Based at: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved October 2013; reapproved April 2017; reapproved February 2021 - January 2024

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sebastian Sturridge, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrates the skills necessary to confidently assess hip pathology and plan treatment.
  • Produces surgical plans for complex hip reconstruction.
  • Demonstrates the surgical skills necessary to be able to run a complex hip surgery practice independently.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge, leadership qualities, attitudes and communication skills necessary to run a consultant practice.
  • Evidences an interest in audit, research and service development.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • The ability to take a detailed history and demonstrate examination findings relevant to a young adult hip presentation.
  • The ability to take a detailed history and demonstrate examination findings relevant to a patient with a failing implant.
  • The ability to safely execute a diagnostic hip arthroscopy with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to safely remove a failed femoral stem and any surrounding cement with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to safely remove a failed acetabular shell and any surrounding cement with minimal supervision.

Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

Supervisor (2018): “The last surgeon in post for 12 months performed 570 operations:

  • 9 periprosthetic hip fractures - revision or fixation as first surgeon
  • 202 primary hip replacements, 175 first surgeon
  • 91 hip arthroscopies, 68 as first surgeon
  • 19 revision hip replacements, 14 as first surgeon”

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Azal Jalgaonkar (Apr 14 - Jan 15)
  • Rasheed Afinowi (Sept 17 - Mar 18)
  • Hayat Khan (Aug 18 - Aug 19)
  • Sherif Hosny (Sept 19 - Sept 20)
  • Daniel Wilson (Oct 20 - Sept 21)
  • James Nutt (Oct 21 - Oct 22)
  • Michael Field (Oct 22 - Sep23)

Hip and Knee Surgery Fellowships

Ashford & St Peter’s Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, London

Based at: Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved February 2014; reapproved July 2018; reapproved October 2021 - September 2024

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Paul Trikha, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Mr Dean Michael, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Be able to see patients in clinic and comprehensively manage the presenting conditions, including management plan explanations and counselling of patients.
  • Demonstrate to the supervising consultants that the fellow is able to perform and deal with possible complications of surgery (Arthroscopic Knee surgery: microfracture, meniscal repair, ACL reconstruction including graft harvest techniques, Hip Arthroscopy and FAI Debridement, Hip and Knee arthroplasty, revision hip and knee arthroplasty, foot and ankle surgery).
  • Fellows are encouraged to undertake an audit/research activity and present this at academic meetings, publish in relevant journals.
  • Fellows are encouraged to take part in teaching and training other junior staff members.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • Achieve independent practice level surgical skills in soft tissue knee surgery and knee arthroscopy including ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, microfracture and chondroplasty.
  • Achieve independent level surgical skills in primary hip and knee replacement, including complex primary procedures.
  • Independent surgical skill level to carry out revision hip and knee arthroplasty.
  • Competent skills in outpatient clinics and managing trauma and elective inpatient care as part of a team.

Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • ACL reconstruction: 75-100
  • meniscal repair: 100
  • arthroscopy knee: 100
  • arthroscopy hip: 25
  • primary hip replacement: 100
  • primary knee replacement: 75
  • revision hip/knee replacement: 25

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Hazem Hassouna (Jan - Jul 15)
  • Evangelos Tsialogiannis (Sept 16 - Jul 17)
  • Chris Gee (Jan 18 - Oct 18)
  • Anshul Sobti (Oct 18 - Oct 19)
  • Nivraj Bhamber (Oct 19 - Jan 20)
  • Mohammed Kamran Shahid (Aug 20 - Jan 21)
  • Vineet Trivedi (Jan 21 - Apr 22)

Knee Surgery Fellowships

Bridgend Knee Fellowship

*** January 2023: this Fellowship programme is not recruiting Fellows until 2024 due to financial constraints ***

Based at: Princess of Wales Hospital, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: February 2021 - February 2025

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Amit Chandratreya, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Mr Rahul Kotwal, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

The Supervisor says: "The Fellow should become competent to perform elective knee surgery supervised or unsupervised depending upon his / her progress through the Fellowship. Fellows will be encouraged to undertake an audit research activity and present in national / international meetings. They will also be encouraged to publish in relevant journals. The Fellow will be able to see patients in the elective clinics and discuss their management with the supervising Consultant. Over time the Fellow should be able to take independent management decisions."

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

The Supervisor says: "The surgeries will include broadly reconstructive surgery around the knee, meniscal treatment including repairs, debridement and meniscal transplant; unicompartmental replacement including medial and lateral and patellofemoral arthroplasty. The unit performs a high number of partial knee replacements. Management of patellar instability including non operative treatment, surgical treatment including tibial tubercle osteotomies, MPFL reconstructions and trochleoplasty. Depending upon the NHS model from now on, there will be opportunity to take part in revision arthroplasty cases."

Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

Approx 300 per year. TKR: 50; UKR / PFR: 30; ACL: 60; Arthroscopy: 120; Patellar realignment procedures: 30; HTO/SCO: 10; Meniscal and Cartilage procedures: 40; Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: 5; PCL / other ligaments: 10; Combined Cell Therapy treatment: 15.

Depending upon experience, the Fellow can be Lead surgeon in half of these.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Chaitanya Vyawahare (Feb 20 - Oct 21)
  • Abdullah Hanoun (Feb 22 - Feb 23)

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowships

South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Based at: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

This fellowship scheme is accredited under RSC - BESS Partnership

Approval period: Initially approved November 2012; reapproved December 2015; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022; reapproved June 2023 - May 2026

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Amar Rangan, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Mr Philip Holland, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning aims:

Structure of learning aims and outcomes are based on the ISCP model. The aims will map with the following criteria defined by the BESS / RCS panel:

 

1. Professional behaviour and leadership skills

2. Surgical competencies:

  • Core
  • Applied: number of procedures

3. Completion of research project 

4. Completion of audit / practice development project 

5. Engagement with BESS, with evidence of: 

  • Submission of scientific abstracts to BESS Annual Congress or Shoulder & Elbow Journal
  • Annual scientific congress attendance
  • Instructional courses attendance

Stated learning outcomes:

The outcomes will be assessed based on whether the aims set out in the learning agreement have been achieved. 

Stated clinical competencies:

  • Ability to clinically assess and take appropriate management decisions for common and complex disorders of the shoulder and elbow.
  • Achieve proficiency in common surgical procedures for shoulder and elbow disorders and trauma.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in peri-operative care, post-operative follow up and in principles of managing surgical complications.

Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

A Post-CCT fellow who is confident with independent operating may expect to perform the following operations (unit volumes in brackets):

  • Primary and revision shoulder and elbow arthroplasty (typically 80 per year).
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder (typically 250 per year) e.g.: instability repair, cuff repair, subacromial surgery and distal clavicular excision.
  • Rheumatoid disease procedures (typically 40 per year).
  • Complex tertiary shoulder and elbow trauma at the MTC (typically 50 per year).

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Naghman Choudhry (Feb 18 - Feb 19)
  • Ahmed Nagi (Feb 19 - Feb 20)
  •  Shashi Kumar (Aug 19 - Feb 21)
  • John Adam (Aug 20 - Aug 22)
  • Gurvinder Kainth (Aug 22 - Aug 23)

Spinal Surgery Fellowships

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship

Based at: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved February 2013; reapproved January 2018; reapproved December 2021 - November 2024

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Khalid Salem, Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, with Mr Daniel D'Aquino, Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months at the level of Senior Fellow

Stated learning outcomes:

To be able to independently:

  • Evaluate and formulate a management plan for degenerative spinal conditions in the outpatient setting and be competent in the surgical aspects of the management of such conditions.
  • Assess and manage a wide spectrum of traumatic spinal conditions in the emergency setting (including the initial resuscitation and spinal immobilisation when clinically indicated) and be competent in the surgical management of such conditions.
  • Have an evidence-based approach to the management of neoplastic spinal pathology (primary and metastatic) and to have a clear understanding of the role of surgery and an understanding of patient selection for surgery. Additionally, be competent in the surgical management of metastatic spinal column pathology.
  • Have a clear understanding of various types of spinal deformity (adult and paediatric) and a good command of the basic and some of the advanced techniques in the management of such conditions and be able to perform a well-planned surgical intervention under supervision where indicated.
  • Critically read and appraise the literature.

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

By the end of the fellowship, it is expected that the senior fellow has the competency to:

  • Be able to independently assess and formulate a management plan for patients presenting with common spinal conditions in the outpatient setting.
  • Be able to independently assess patients presenting with complex spinal conditions in the outpatient setting these complex cases coherently to colleagues in an MDT setting.
  • Be able to independently perform standard emergency and elective surgical procedures for common spinal pathologies.
  • Be able to perform complex emergency and elective surgical procedures under direct supervision.

Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

Supervisor: 'Our senior fellows are expected to have been in at least 120 spinal operations per year (those are mostly deformity surgeries, tumour and trauma surgeries) and the number DOES NOT include spinal injections.'

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):
  • Andrew Young (Aug 14 - Aug 15)
  • Arion Kapinas (Nov 13 - May 16)
  • Marcin Czyz (Oct 14 - Aug 16)
  • Dritan Pasku (Feb 15 - Feb 17)
  • Giuseppe Morassi (Feb 16 - Jan 17)
  • Muhammad Mansha (Aug 16 - Aug 17)
  • Sleiman Haddad (Feb 16 - Oct 17)
  • Malik Ahmed (Sept 16 - Jan 18)
  • Edward Bayley (Aug 17 - Aug 18)
  • Dan D'Aquino (Aug 17 - Feb 19)
  • Oded Hershkovich (Feb 18 - Feb 19)
  • Saurabh Kapoor (Feb 18 - Feb 19)
  • Ahmed Aly (Feb 18 - Jul 19)
  • Darko Stipić (Feb 19 - Feb 20)
  • Galateia Katzouraki (Nov 18 - Feb 20)
  • Olakunle Badmus (Aug 18 - Oct 20)
  • Akshay Gadiya (Feb 19 - Jan 21)
  • Rakesh Dhake (Feb 19 - Feb 21)
  • Ahmad Tarawneh (Feb 19 - Mar 21)
  • Siddharth Shah (Feb 20 - Apr 21)
  • Jonathan Koch (Feb 20 - Jul 21)
  • Nigil Palliyil (Aug 20 - Aug 21)
  • Ali Shetaiwi (Aug 20 - Aug 21)
  • Martin Estefan (Feb 21 - Feb 22)
  • Ali Hussain Mohammad   (Feb 21 - Feb 22)
  • Elie Najjar (Feb 21 - Feb 23) 
  • Arvind Janardhan Vatkar (Aug 21 - Aug 22)
  • Ankur Goswami (Aug 21 - Jan 23)
  • Alan Maximiliano Gessara (Aug 21 - Jul 22)
  • Rishi Rampersad (Aug 22 - Aug 23)
  • Ma'en Mohammad Tarawneh (Aug 22 - Aug 23)
  • Naveen Pandita (Aug 22 - Jul 23)

Comments from recent Fellows

Gurvinder Singh Kainth

South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery,

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, August 2022 – August 2023.

Current post: Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester.

“During my "Post CCT Shoulder and Elbow" Fellowship at James Cook University Hospital, I gained expertise in advanced arthroscopic techniques and achieved proficiency in shoulder and elbow reconstruction surgeries. Collaborating with esteemed surgeons like Prof Rangan and Mr Holland, I enhanced my operative skills through diverse learning opportunities. Working in a regional major trauma centre exposed me to complex shoulder and elbow trauma cases, providing hands-on experience in managing severe injuries. Actively participating in multidisciplinary collaboration, I contributed to improved patient outcomes in both trauma and elective scenarios. Additionally, my involvement in research initiatives resulted in publications that advanced the academic and clinical landscape of shoulder and elbow orthopaedics.”

Rishi Rampersad

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2021 - August 2023.

Current post: Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, EWMSC, Trinidad and Tobago. 
  
"The Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship has indeed been quite a learning experience. Coming from a relatively small island in the Caribbean with a small population to this major centre has significantly broadened my exposure to a diverse array of Spinal pathology. Nottingham manages a large volume of patients; this allowed me to be exposed to and participate in a wide variety of surgical cases. Daily surgical MDTs facilitated the discussion of "on call" and theatre cases by team members, from this I have been able to develop a clear algorithm of how to assess, investigate and manage patients, whether simple or complex. The surgical team's primary training comprises of a good mix between Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. This allowed for healthy discussion and a bit of varying perspective in cases where multiple management options are suitable for a particular problem. Likewise dedicated anaesthetist, spinal practitioners, physiotherapist and specialist nurses have reinforced for me the requirements for a successful Spinal Unit. It is my expectation to take my knowledge and surgical expertise to my local setting with the ultimate goal of improving Spinal Surgical care."

Choon Chiet Andrew Hong

Andrew Chiet

Fortius Clinical Sports Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship, The Fortius Clinic, London, April 2022 to October 2022.

Current post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University Hospital of Singapore, Singapore.

"This is an excellent fellowship! Clinically, I have assisted and performed more surgeries than I expected to do initially while learning useful skills with many smart tips and tricks in foot and ankle surgery. The exposure to perioperative management of high level elite athletes locally and internationally was outstanding as I was able to learn more about postoperative rehabilitation process in these elite athletes. My time was fully optimized even when my main supervisor was on leave as I was rotated to his colleagues seeing patients/performing surgeries. In this fellowship, I was also given the support and time to attend 2 cadaveric courses and 2 conferences where I gained new insights and knowledge. From a research perspective, I was supported by Prof James Calder to complete the BJJ Research Methods & Paper Review Course and was able to capitalize on the excellent resources with a strong focus in evidence based medicine practices in the Fortius Clinic to complete 7 research papers (4 published, 2 accepted pending revisions and 1 under review).

Personally, it has been an enriching experience to learn about the cultural differences, contrasting healthcare practices and patient expectations. I had the chance to network and create friendships with many Orthopaedic surgeons in the UK and internationally, especially from the Foot and Ankle community. From Prof James Calder and all the lovely people in Fortius Clinic, I have learnt ample soft skills and broadened my perspectives in treating a multitude of patients with differing requirements/expectations. It has definitely improved my decision making skills, especially when working with high performing elite athletes and challenging revision cases. This fellowship have enriched my experience and helped me to be a better Foot and Ankle Surgeon."

Dr Chaitanya Vyawahare

Bridgend Knee Fellowship, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, February - October 2021

Current post (January 2022): Consultant, Dept of Joint Replacement, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Institute, Pune, India

"Bridgend Knee Fellowship has benefited my skills in treating complex knee arthroplasty and arthroscopy cases. This Fellowship has provided me with a holistic approach, emphasizing thorough examination with precise techniques in order to conclude the correct diagnosis and thereby provide apt treatment. This really has been beneficial for me and all my patients. I am grateful to my mentor Mr Amit Chandratreya for supervising me to make me a better surgeon."

Ali Shetaiwi

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2020 - August 2021

Current post (December 2021): Associate Spinal Consultant, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham

"This fellowship was a great opportunity to learn about high standards of spine care. The multidisciplinary meetings every morning allowed me to gain different perspectives with regard to surgical decision-making, in addition to the technical skills necessary for delivering high-quality care. Also, this fellowship has definitely enriched my knowledge in the specialty field of spine surgery, and I believe that the entire experience will have a positive impact on my career and hence deliver the best care to my patients. I strongly recommend this fellowship to all spine fellows who wish to learn and gain complex skills exposure in spine surgery."

Nigil Palliyil

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2019 - April 2021

Current Post (December 2021): Associate Consultant Spinal Surgery at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham

"The Spinal fellowship programme at Nottingham was an excellent opportunity for me to work with a group of world-renowned spinal surgeons. The fellowship was well structured, and it provided an excellent blend of academics, research activities and surgical training. The fellowship was crucial in helping me transition from a surgical trainee to a well-rounded spinal surgeon. After having successfully completed the fellowship, I was fortunate enough to be promoted to the role of an Associate Consultant in the same department. The training and experience that I have gained from the fellowship would be invaluable in my future spinal surgical practice."

Farid Ud Din

Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, August 2020 - August 2021

Current post (October 2021): Senior Sarcoma, Revision Hip & Pelvic Reconstruction Fellow, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

"This Fellowship in Harrogate was a great opportunity to improve my operative revision hip, hip arthroscopy and primary knee arthroplasty skills. Both trainers were excellent and supportive. I was able to do independent operative lists. This was my second Fellowship, so my focus was primarily on revision hips and hip arthroscopy, and I am glad that I was able to achieve that aim. This Fellowship does have trauma on calls and one trauma list per week and that helped in keeping my trauma skills alive and I was able to do Periprosthetic Fractures on that list. I had the opportunity to join my supervisor for robotic hip and knee cases. This Fellowship is certainly a smooth transition from Fellow to Consultant post."

Stefan Wever

Fortius Clinical Sports Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship, The Fortius Clinic, London, February - July 2021

Current post (October 2021): Foot and Ankle Fellow, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

"It has been an incredible experience to go from Cape Town, South Africa to another country - you learn as much about yourself as you learn from others. It broadens your perception of life in a healthy way that will never make sense financially, but in the same way, is priceless. The Fellowship with James Calder has taught me skills and patient focused treatment approaches which I will use for the rest of my life. I wrote a book chapter on a topic I previously knew nothing about, attended the BOFAS foot and ankle fellows’ course, did the BJJ Research Methods course and reviewed various articles for journals, under excellent guidance. I had the privilege of treating patients from all over the world and was able to apply my skills and training. Fellowships should be encouraged, not only to advance training but to build lifelong friendships."

Rakesh Dhake

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2019 - February 2021

Current post (July 2021): Locum consultant spine surgeon, Exeter Spinal Unit, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

"This fellowship was a great opportunity to learn about high standards of spine care, and the differences in management strategies compared to my practice before the fellowship. The multidisciplinary inputs from both orthopaedic and neurosurgical specialists and the MDT meetings every morning, allowed me to gain different perspectives with regard to surgical decision-making in addition to the technical skills necessary for delivering high-quality care. I gained much knowledge during this prestigious learning opportunity and thank The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) and The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS) and all those from whom I received valuable experience and encouragement during my fellowship. This fellowship has definitely upgraded my knowledge in the specialty field of spine surgery and I believe that the entire experience will have a very positive impact on the rest of my career and hence deliver the best care to my patients. I strongly recommend this fellowship to all budding spine surgeons who wish to learn and gain high-quality exposure in spine surgery."

Akshay Gadiya

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2019 - February 2021

Current post (June 2021): Consultant Spine Surgeon, Medicover Hospitals, Aurangabad, Maharashtra State, India

"The Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship was an incredible opportunity to develop my knowledge, experience, skills and confidence in a wide range of areas in spine surgery. I had a valuable experience working with globally renowned surgeons during my fellowship. It has equipped me with all the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to practice as an independent spinal surgeon, offering patients a variety of spinal surgical procedures. The exceptional quality of training I received during this Fellowship enabled me to become independent in all aspects of spinal surgical practice. I received well-structured operative training in a wide range of spinal surgeries, including revision surgeries, pediatric and adult deformity correction, complex cervical spine surgeries and navigated spinal fusions. Overall, this Fellowship has been instrumental in my entering independent practice in spine surgery and will facilitate my delivery of the highest standards of clinical care to my future patients."

Ahmad Tarawneh

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, January 2019 - February 2021

Current post (June 2021): Consultant Spine Surgeon (CSSS)

"My advanced spinal fellowship in the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery was a unique opportunity to enrich my skills in dealing with a broad spectrum of spinal conditions. Clinically, it was a great opportunity to learn from and work with well-known spine surgeons sharing with us their experience, tips, and tricks in dealing with different spinal conditions. Academically, daily spinal meetings and weekly teaching seminars were platforms in which we discuss different spinal cases and topics in a systematic, evidence-based approach. During my fellowship period, I was the highest contributor to spine surgery research in CSSS. I published a number of high-quality papers in highly prestigious journals. For that, I was awarded a certificate of excellence in spine surgery research at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS) in 2020. After finishing the fellowship, I was appointed as a consultant spine surgeon in CSSS where I had the opportunity to deliver the highest quality of care possible to my own patients, equipped with what I have learnt during my fellowship."

Galateia Katzouraki

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS), Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, November 2018 - February 2020

Current post (December 2020): Consultant Spinal Surgeon

"The fellowship is an excellent opportunity for all the orthopaedic and neurosurgical post-CCT trainees to obtain in-depth knowledge in all spinal pathologies and excellent exposure to different aspects of spinal surgery. During my fellowship, I learned the value of the multi-disciplinary approach for spinal patients. My main interest and experience were focused on complex spinal surgical procedures of paediatric deformity, adult deformity, complex cervical cases, and oncology cases. The fellowship not only shaped me as a spinal surgeon by enriching my surgical and decision-making skills, but also contributed significantly to forming my professional personality. The exceptional work environment and my mentors pushed me to pursue excellence in all aspects of patients' care. The research opportunities are numerous and the interaction with other national and international spinal centres, via meetings and attendance at congresses and courses, is precious. By completing the Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship in Nottingham, I have acquired all the necessary skills, knowledge, and mindset for a young spinal consultant. My aim is to become a leading spinal surgeon who provides the best possible care to the spinal patients; enriches surgical skills with innovative techniques for complex spinal issues; and shares their experience and knowledge with junior colleagues."

Nivraj Singh Bhamber

Ashford and St Peter’s Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, October 2019 – Feb 2020

Current Post (December 2020): Post-CCT Soft Tissue and Arthroplasty Knee Fellow, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

"My experience at this fellowship was an excellent stepping stone from ST8 training. It provided me with the appropriate amount of supervision to increase my skills and confidence in lower limb surgery. The merits of this fellowship are due to the three trainers, as they all bring complementary approaches to teaching and training. Time spent with Mr Paul Trikha is invaluable for experience in knee surgery. The acute knee injury clinic exposed me to an array of ligament and intra-articular injuries in large volumes, which made me very comfortable in diagnosing and treating acute knee injuries. I had ample opportunity to operate on the knee lists, learning techniques around ligament reconstruction and arthroscopy. He also teaches other skills, like theatre efficiency management and shared decision-making with patients, which has been extremely useful to take on board. Mr Dean Michael was excellent at improving confidence and independent operating. He was keen to hand over the operating ropes once we established basic theatre expectations in both arthroplasty and arthroscopy. Mr David Elliott was another excellent trainer who enthuses you with confidence in surgery and if you aren’t operating with him, you can always have the pleasure of discussing his experience in trauma surgery or his vast array of hobbies and interests! The opportunity to spend time with other consultants in the department is available, and everyone was very welcoming to have me on their lists. I had a very instructive and productive time on this fellowship and it set me up well for further fellowship training at Exeter and Reading."

Kareem Abdullah

Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, August 2019 to August 2020 

Current post (September 2020): Senior Specialty Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

"The fellowship was a fantastic opportunity to gain further experience in hip surgery, from complex primary hip replacement to revision and periprosthetic fractures. I had the opportunity to run independent theatre sessions for hip arthroplasty, which helped to increase experience and confidence and which definitely will help in a future consultant post. The fellowship also involved extensive training in the management of young adult hip problems, from diagnosis to operative treatment, with exposure to many hip arthroscopy surgeries. The post enabled me to participate in clinical audits and start a clinical trial for a new acetabular cup. I also took part in establishing a hip MDT meeting to discuss patients with complex hip problems."

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