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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 a 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.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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 - March 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sabastian 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 practise independently.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge, leadership qualities, attitudes and communication skills necessary to run a consultant practise.
  • Evidences an interest in audit, research and service development.

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)

Harrogate Hip Fellowship

Based at: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved June 2013; reapproved January 2019 - December 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jon Conroy, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Competence in independent arthroplasty surgery & management of associated complications
  • Assessment & Treatment rationale of young adult hip conditions

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

Approximately 40 THR

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Colin Holton (Sept 13 - Jul 14)
  • Ayman Sorial (Aug 15 - Aug 16)
  • James Gillespie (Aug 16 - Jul 17)
  • Ben Haughton (Aug 17 - Jul 18)

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 - June 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Paul Trikha, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 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.
  • Fellow are encouraged to take part in teaching and training other junior staff members.

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

A total of 250 operations in 6 months.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Hazem Hassouna (Jan - Jul 15)
  • Evangelos Tsialogiannis (Sept 16 - Jul 17)
  • Chris Gee (Jan 18 - Oct 18)

Knee Surgery Fellowships

Basingstoke Knee Fellowship 

Based at: Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOA

Approval period: Initially approved December 2015; currently applying for reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sam Yasen, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated clinical competencies:

  • Knee Osteotomy Surgery
  • Knee ligament reconstructive surgery
  • Meniscal debridement / repair / reconstructive surgery / transplant
  • Knee arthroplasty including revision
  • Assessment and investigation of knee related conditions
  • Running an acute knee injury clinic

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

For 6 months:

  • 300 total cases
  • 30 TKR 
  • 15 UKR
  • 10-15 revision arthroplasties
  • 70 osteotomy 
  • 70 ACL
  • 30 multi-ligament cases 

Supervisor: “The Fellow will develop to independent operating and will undertake independent osteotomies and primary ACL surgeries as they progress through the Fellowship.” 

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Sam Yasen (Mar 16 - Aug 16)
  • Raghbir Singh Khakha (Oct 16 - Jul 17)

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

Approval period: Initially approved November 2012; reapproved December 2015 - November 2018; currently applying for reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Amar Rangan, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

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):

  • Matthew Lawson-Smith (Feb 13 - Aug 13)
  • Rishi Singhal (Oct 13 - Jan 14)
  • Richard Jeavons (Aug 13 - Aug 14)
  • Philip Holland (Aug 15 - Aug 16)
  • Ricardo Aveledo (Aug 16 - Aug 17)
  • Naghman Choudhry (Feb 18 - Jan 19)

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 - December 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Khalid Salem, Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship duration: 12-24 months

Stated learning outcomes:

To be able to independently:

  • 1-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.
  • 2-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.
  • 3-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.
  • 4-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.
  • 5-Critically read and appraise the literature

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

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)
  • Muhammad Mansha (Aug 16 - Aug 17)
  • Sleiman Haddad (Feb 16 - Oct 17)
  • Malik Ahmed (Sept 16 - Jan 18)
  • Edward Bayley (Aug 17 - Aug 18)

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

The gallery below provides information about Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Fellows under the Scheme.

Rasheed Afinowi

Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, September 2017 - March 2018

Current post (April 2019): Bone Infection and Oncology Arthroplasty Fellow, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham

"The Frimley Hip Fellowship was a fantastic opportunity during my career progression. The trainers have a wealth of experience and are keen to share this, providing extensive clinical training as well as mentoring. The Fellowship offers fantastic exposure to primary and revision arthroplasty, regular periprosthetic fracture management and importantly, first hand access to a very busy young adult hip service. There is a big focus on making the transition from trainee to Consultant with the necessary support tailored to your needs. The experience and skills acquired will ensure I am able to provide the high quality of care that patients deserve."

Chris Gee

Ashford & St Peter's Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, January 2018 - October 2018

Current post (January 2019): Clinical Fellow Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow; substantive Consultant post in NHS Lanarkshire commencing August 2019

"The Fellowship at Ashford and St Peter's was a fantastic opportunity to develop my arthroplasty and soft tissue hip and knee skills. The supervisors have a wealth of experience in their fields and provide great surgical exposure and mentoring. The experience I gained has been essential in securing a substantive Consultant post. Not only do you learn surgical skills but also much of the maturity and decision-making skills required for beginning life as a Consultant. This will, no doubt, be of significant benefit for patients who will in turn benefit from going through the taught shared decision-making process. I would definitely recommend this Fellowship and would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors: Mr Paul Trikha, Mr Dean Michael, Mr David Elliott and Mr Rishi Chana."

 

Sleiman Haddad

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, February 2016 - October 2017

Current post (October 2018): Spinal Surgery Consultant, Vall d'Hebron University Hospitals, Barcelona, Spain


"I was privileged to have the opportunity to complete a Spinal Surgery Fellowship at the Queen´s Medical Centre, a renowned centre of excellence in spinal surgery. The primary focus of the Fellowship was to gain operative experience in advanced spinal surgery. The majority of work comprised complex pediatric and adult deformity as well as degenerative spine. During my Fellowship I was exposed to the whole range of spinal surgeries, including cervical surgery, cranio-cervical junctional pathology, anterior and posterior complex lumbar reconstructive work, emergency fracture care and tumour surgery. I was encouraged to work independently and was made to feel like a valued member of the team. The supportive atmosphere, daily discussion of complex patients and weekly multidisciplinary meetings was a perfect environment to prepare for life as a Consultant. Having had consistent exposure to spinal emergencies including trauma and tumour, and enriching discussions in morning rounds, I was prepared to make critical evidence-based decisions confidently. Finally, my two years at the QMC have equipped me to deal with cases of increasing complexity but kept me mindful as to the technical limitations of surgery. I'm now realising the value of my training as a newly independent surgeon and very grateful to my mentors at QMC."

Evangelos Tsialogiannis

Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford & St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey, Surrey, September 2016 - August 2017

Current (January 2018) post: Military Orthopaedic Surgeon, 1st Orthopaedic Department, General Army Hospital, Athens, Greece

"After completing my first fellowship in Toronto (Sunnybrook), I moved in Chertsey and started working at St Peter’s at the end of September 2016. The first case I undertook with the Fellowship Supervisor, Mr. Trikha, was a complex arthroscopic hardware removal of a knee. During my training post I was under three extremely skillful surgeons, Mr Elliot, Mr. Micheal and, of course, Mr. Trikha. The post was exactly what a Fellow could ever want. My time was shared between theatres and clinics. The unit is very busy. I was exposed, quite soon, to a large number of difficult cases, including complex hip and knee reconstructions, hip arthroscopies, and, of course, multi-ligament reconstruction knee  injuries (very common among army personnel). I ran my own clinics, but always under supervision. When needed, my supervisors were by my side, explaining difficult cases, and giving the courage to move on. As for the nursing staff, there is only one word which characterizes them: professionals. I left Chertsey full of good memories and with many friends. If given the chance I would have done that again in a heartbeat."

Sam Yasen

Basingstoke Knee Fellowship, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, March - September 2016

Current (Jan 2018) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

"The importance of a 'joint preservation' approach is being increasingly recognised in knee surgery. Significant advancements have been made in the last decade in this direction, and Basingstoke sits at the cutting edge of surgical philosophies, approaches, and appropriate patient-orientated research and follow up. There was a huge variety of cases to see, and importantly a significant amount of 'hands on' experience.  The Fellowship placed me in an ideal situation to manage patients presenting with complex knee issues and allowed me to take the next step in my surgical career and transition to a Consultant post at the same unit. I now co-run the Fellowship and ensure that Fellows are given the same fantastic opportunities during their time here that I was provided." 

Ayman Sorial

Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate District Foundation Trust, August 2015 - August 2016

"The Fellowship year was an exciting opportunity to polish my skills as a hip surgeon, with dedicated hip Fellow lists for elective joint arthroplasty. It was indeed a rare chance to acquire the knowledge and skills of hip arthroscopy. Further training involved revision arthroplasty surgery. The post involved research and the ongoing project was to participate in a multi-centre randomized double blind controlled study, the FAIT study for hip arthroscopy, for which I recruited patients as well as served as the blinded assessor for the patients. The post was for 12 months, which is in my opinion a solid foundation for early years as a newly appointed consultant arthroplasty surgeon." 

Ricardo Aveledo

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, August 2016 - August 2017

Current (November 2017) post: Surgical Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia

"This experience as a Shoulder and Elbow Fellow under the supervision of Prof Amar Rangan provides surgeons with a cutting-edge clinical and academic experience for their future career. At this designated Major Trauma Centre, with 1,024 beds, I was exposed to a broad range of shoulder and elbow pathology, both elective and trauma, arthroscopic and open procedures, and to a variety of complex cases. I have improved my skills in this field significantly and gained confidence in decision making and operating independently. This experience will greatly benefit the health care quality of my future patients."

Azal Jalgaonkar

Azal JalgaonkarThe Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, April 2014 - February 2015

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey                                   

"My RCS approved Fellowship has been pivotal in changing my career and exceeded my expectations. Besides developing my skills in elective hip and knee surgery, this fellowship provided me with the knowledge and confidence to manage general orthopaedic patients as a consultant. I had three excellent trainers who were very supportive and guided me throughout my Fellowship. I consolidated my skills in planning, templating and performing primary and revision arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy and impingement surgery as well as arthroscopic knee surgery.

"Regular trauma lists provided me with the opportunity of managing periprosthetic fractures and other complex trauma. I organised and led regular weekly arthroplasty meetings to discuss complex cases. There were plenty of opportunities for research and training. I was supported in attending relevant courses and attending and presenting at conferences. I developed the hip arthroscopy database for my mentor and am currently working on ongoing projects."

Hazem Hassouna

The Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford & St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, January - July 2015
 
Current (November 2017) post: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester

"The Fellowship was an excellent focused lower limb and sports injury training post in a centre of excellence, to prepare one for independent practice.  This Fellowship gave me a solid foundation to practise independently as an orthopaedic surgeon, with subspeciality in lower limb arthroplasty and sports injury. It allowed me to achieve nationally accredited operating experience."

 

 

Richard Jeavons

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, August 2013 - August 2014

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust

"This Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to manage patients with all manner of shoulder and elbow conditions. This included primary shoulder and elbow arthroscopy and arthroplasty, revision surgery, complex reconstruction and complex trauma. I was given the opportunity to develop my clinical and operative skills to a level more than sufficient to competently take up a consultant post. The experience and skills learnt have paved the way for me to provide a high level of care for my patients."

Andrew Young

Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, August 2014 - August 2016

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Spinal Surgeon, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham

"I undertook the Fellowship to build upon my spinal surgery training. The main benefit was exposure to the huge breadth and volume of spinal surgery undertaken at this world class centre. I have developed interests in degenerative spinal conditions and in particular the application of minimally invasive techniques where appropriate. I was able to gain experience from working with all the consultant spinal surgeons across a wide breadth of surgery. I am a keen teacher and taught on many courses to a wide range of delegates. My research interests focus on the biomechanical engineering aspects of surgery. The Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship allowed me to leave fully prepared for a consultant post in a tertiary referral spinal surgery department."

No longer approved Fellowship programmes

The Bradford Lower Limb Arthroplasty Fellowship programme did not wish to apply for reapproval after the end of its initial approval period: Hazem Hassouna (Feb 13 - Feb 14) was awarded the Fellowship Certificate for this programme.

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