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Conveners

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Nicolas Nicolaou
Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Nick is a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. He trained on the South-East Thames Orthopaedic Circuit and completed Fellowship training at Sheffield Children’s, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as completing a travelling fellowship at Inselspital, Berne prior to becoming a Consultant in 2010.

 

His clinical interest is the Paediatric Knee and he treats the whole spectrum of pathology from cruciate and meniscal injuries to congenital ligament deficiency and complex patellofemoral problems. He also maintains a clinical interest in management of Osteogenesis Imperfecta and clinical research.

 

He is the chair of the recent BASK/BSCOS steering committee on soft tissue knee pathology in children which aims to improve national standards of care, and a board member of BOSTAA.

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Fazal Ali
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chesterfield Royal Hospital & Sheffield Children's Hospital 

Fazal Ali has a special interest in sports injuries to the knee both in adults and in children. He works at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he is helping to set up a national referral service for these problems in children. He trained in Sheffield with a Knee Fellowship in Newcastle and a short Trauma Fellowship in New York. He is a former Training Programme Director for South Yorkshire and is presently the Academic Secretary of BOSTAA ( Britsh Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association) . He is Head of the Question Writing committee of the Intercollegiate Board.

He has published his work, written chapters and given invited lectures on training issues and knee surgery both nationally and internationally. He has co-edited ‘Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics’ which is a best-selling orthopaedic text and is recently published in Chinese. He is the founder in 2007 of the largest clinical examination course worldwide: The Chesterfield and Sheffield FRCS Clinical course.

 

Fazal was voted ‘South Yorkshire Orthopaedic Trainer of the Year’ on five occasions. He was given a life-time award for training by the South Yorkshire training scheme in 2012. He was twice shortlisted by BOTA as one of the top trainers in the UK. In 2018 he was again voted Trainer of the Year, this time by East Midlands. In 2017 he was honoured by the South Yorkshire Orthopaedic Training Rotation by the creation of an annual award: The ‘Fazal Ali Award for Academic Excellence’.

 

He serves as a senior examiner for the Intercollegiate Board in the FRCS(Tr&Orth) examinations. In 2017 he was elected to the panel of international examiners (FRCS International) Mr Ali also serves on the board of examiners in other countries with the view that this would help advance the standard of orthopaedic training worldwide.

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Adil Ajuied

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Fortius Clinic London

Mr Ajuied specialises in all aspects of knee surgery. He has worked as a Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals since 2009, where he leads the Paediatric knee service.

 

Mr Ajuied qualified as a Doctor in 1998 from Guy’s and St Thomas’ medical school. While in training Mr Ajuied completed a postgraduate Masters’ degree, and has been appointed a Senior Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics as well as Director of Education for South London Orthopaedics, in recognition for his contributions to higher surgical training. He has served as an executive board member of the British Association of Surgery of the Knee (BASK), and is currently associate editor of the Knee Journal.

 

Mr Ajuied has travelled and worked in many countries from Belgium to South Africa on specialist fellowship training and charitable work. In 2008 he worked in South Africa (University Hospital of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg), where he held an appointment as an Honorary Consultant. While in South Africa Mr Ajuied established a new dedicated Knee Injury Service, which continues to serve the local community growing from strength to strength, and with which he still has strong links.

 

While in clinical practice, Mr Ajuied has developed a number of care innovations, including new surgical techniques and a unique rapid rehabilitation programme for patients undergoing knee surgery.

 

Mr Ajuied lectures and instructs nationally and internationally on topics relating to knee surgery.

2024 Speakers

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Franck Accadbled
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hôpital des Enfants, Toulouse University Hospital, France

Professor Franck Accadbled, MD. PhD, is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hôpital des Enfants, 
Toulouse University Hospital, France. His clinical interests are in paediatric orthopaedics and trauma, 
especially of the lower limb, sport injuries, limb lengthening and growing spine deformities. His 
research interests are focused on biomechanics.
He qualified from Toulouse School of Medicine and he became Specialist Registrar on Toulouse 
University Hospital. He was trained as an Orthopedic surgeon specialized in Knee Arthroscopy, then 
accomplished a clinical fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and trauma at the Women’s and 
Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. He then started as an Assistant Professor and was 
appointed as a professor in Toulouse in 2012. He has chaired EPOS (European Paediatric 
Orthopaedics Society) Scientific Committee and Sport’s Medicine Study Group. He is currently the 
chairman of SoFOP (French Pediatric Orthopedics Association) e-Task force, and co-chairman of 2014 
EPOSNA meeting.

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Simon Barker
Simon Barker
Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Aberdeen

Simon Barker completed undergraduate training at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, then postgraduate training in the North of Scotland and undertook his MD thesis on the genetics and epidemiology of clubfoot at the University of Aberdeen.  He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital where he brings a paediatric perspective to the soft tissue knee MDT alongside his interests in trauma, CP, CTEV, gait lab and general paediatric orthopaedics.  He also provides children’s paediatric orthopaedic services to the Shetland Isles where he performs the most northerly arthroscopic procedures in the British Isles!

 

Simon is Immediate Past President of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery in 2024-25 and a member of the BASK/BSCOS steering committee on soft tissue knee pathology as well as the British Society for Surgery in Cerebral Palsy, the UK Clubfoot consensus group and EPOS. He is deputy chair of the British Medical Association in Scotland.

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Franck Chotel
Head of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Sport Surgery  / Arthroscopic and Pediatric Knee Surgeon​, Leon, France

Head of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

and Sport Surgery  / Arthroscopic and pediatric Knee Surgeon

Physician doctor - Science Thesis (2005)

Fellow Royal Orthopedic Hospital; Birmingham UK (2007)

Member of SOFOP, SOFCOT, EPOS and ESSKA / Member of Honor in the Society of Argentina Orthopaedic and Traumatology Infantile SAOTI

IOC Consensus meeting on ACL Injuries in children and Adolescents (2017)

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Nev Davies
Nev Davies
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Nev is a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty specialist interest in children‘s orthopaedics and sports knee surgery. He qualified for St Marys Hospital in London in 2000. He spent 6 years on the Oxford Specialist Registrar Rotation incorporating a children’s fellowship at Westmead Kids in Sydney, Australia. Since becoming a consultant in 2010 at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, he has developed an expertise Children’s and Adolescent knee conditions and injuries, and has particular interest in ACL repair and prevention of children’s sports injuries. He also is passionate about  education and has been the orthopaedic tutor in the department for the last 3 years. He has written a successful FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) exam viva book on trauma and orthopaedics.

 

Out of work, Nev’s life revolves around his sporty family. He enjoys playing competitive scratch golf and also supporting the Welsh rugby team in Cardiff. A decent rugby player in his day, Nev also has a personal experience of knee injury, rupturing his ACL playing for St.Mary’s Hospital and ending a promising rugby career. He played youth rugby for Stourbridge & later Plymouth Albion , Academy Rugby for London Welsh and Harlequins, as well as a stint with Worcester 1st team squad in the late 1990s. Nev has a busy family life with 3 young boys under 7 and a very sporty wife who is a GB triathlete and also a consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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Matt Denton
Matt Denton
Extended Scope Practitioner- Paediatric Knee, Sheffield Children's Hospital

Matt is known for his diverse interests and passion for paediatric therapy.

 

Following a serious motorcycle accident and receiving little/no rehab afterwards, his career in the fire service had to end, and he forged a new career in physiotherapy.

 

With previous degrees in Chemistry, Biology, and now Physiotherapy, Matt's academic pursuits have left a profound interest in evidence based practice. In 2008, he became a qualified physiotherapist, specializing predominantly in musculoskeletal (MSK) therapy.

 

From 2011, Matt finally secured a position with Sheffield Children's Hospital. In 2019, he assumed the role of a dedicated paediatric knee physio with a commitment to improving rehabilitation for paediatric patients.

 

Outside his professional achievements, Matt Denton is an avid rock climber, skydiver and base jumper who lives in the Peak District.

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Bryan English
Bryan English

Due to start Head of Medicine and Science role with Sheffield United in July 2024. 
 

Honorary Professor Teesside University 2023. 
 

Qualified in Medicine at Sheffield Medical School in 1986 prior to further qualifications in osteopathy, clinical gait analysis and sports medicine.

 

Worked as an Orthopaedic Physician, in The NHS, alongside surgical colleagues in Sheffield and Leeds for 7 years before commencing work full time in sport.

 

Professional sport has been predominantly with professional football (7 years in The Premiership and 7 in The Championship) and Track and Field (Olympics of Sydney and Athens) as well as Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Judo at elite level.

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Peter Faunoe
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Aarhus, Denmark

Head of Sports Trauma department a unit of Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Specialized in pediatric ACL reconstruction, pediatric patella instability  and multiligament knee reconstruction .

Graduated from Aarhus University. Trained at Aarhus University Hospital. Fellowship in Melbourne with John Bartlett. 

Former consultant for the national swimming  team in Denmark. Team physician for professional soccer club.

Twelve years Membership of the ACL  study group.

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Theodore J. Ganley
Theodore J. Ganley
MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia USA

As the Sports Medicine Director at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the focus of Dr. Ganley's clinical practice and research on pediatric sports injuries. With a specialized skillset and experience, he has driven the creation of CHOP’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center, uniting a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and nutritionists to provide comprehensive care to young athletes. He has continued to develop expertise in the arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, pioneering physeal-sparing ACL reconstruction surgery for skeletally immature patients.

 
Beyond his clinical experience, he plays a key role in several international, multicenter research groups dedicated to advancing management of sports injuries. As a member of the MARS study group, he collaborated with other experts in the field to review outcomes after ACL reconstruction and revision surgeries to identify risk factors and predictors of poor prognoses. More recently, he served as co-founder of a research group focused on osteochondritis dissecans of the knee (ROCK)  a society dedicated to interdisciplinary pediatric sports medicine research (PRISM) and the tibial spine study group within PRISM. His clinical work has enhanced his contributions to these groups, and has also allowed him to pursue independent research inclusive of algorithms for clinical scenarios ACL reconstruction and OCD in children with open growth plates, fixation of juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the knee, and stabilization of patellofemoral instability in children with open growth plates.


Dr. Ganley has sought to support and serve others through the establishment of PRISM study groups for most pediatric sports conditions, supporting the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, International Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium and the American Academy of Pediatrics with Executive Committee work and Chair work respectively. The past two year he has served as President of ROCK. He also looks to support the sport medicine community and those involved in pediatric sports medicine by serving as a Section Editor for Pediatric Sports Medicine for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Roy Gigi
Roy Gigi
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Roy Gigi is a consultant orthopedic surgeon currently serving at Dana Children's Hospital, a prominent department of Sourasky Tel Aviv Medical Center, named in honor of Ichilov. His professional focus centers on ensuring the well-being of young patients, specializing in addressing sports injuries affecting children and adolescents, as well as the intricate correction of complex limb deformities.

 

Dr. Gigi's medical journey encompasses the successful completion of an internship program at the Orthopedic Division of Ichilov Tel Aviv Hospital. He further honed his skills and knowledge through a Fellowship training at prestigious institutions such as Sheffield Children's and the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital.

 

Demonstrating a strong commitment to advancing medical practices, Dr. Gigi actively participates in innovative projects. Notably, he played a significant role in the development of the ORTHOSPIN automatic Hexapod, showcasing his enthusiasm for groundbreaking medical technologies. Currently, Dr. Gigi invests his time in refining innovative surgical techniques that leverage 3D technology, underlining his dedication to pushing the boundaries of modern medicine.

Beyond the operating room, Dr. Gigi extends his contributions to the medical field. He generously shares his expertise and insights through published works and invited lectures on training issues and knee surgery, both nationally and internationally. Driven by a profound desire to enhance patient care and contribute to the medical community, Dr. Gigi continues to leave a lasting impact through his unwavering dedication and innovative pursuits.

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Chinmay Gupte
Chinmay Gupte
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College London

Chinmay specialises in soft tissue knee surgery, focusing on sports knee and children's knee injuries. In paediatrics, he has special interests in hyperlaxity, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with lateral tenodesis, meniscal repair and root repair, and patellofemoral instability, together with osteochondral Injury.

 

Chinmay has published extensively on the role of the anterolateral ligament in ACL reconstruction, together with risk factors for paediatric ACL injury and meniscal repair.

 

He continues his research in paediatric knee conditions and is working with the engineers at Imperial on osteochondral replacement.

 

He also leads orthopaedic simulation team lab at Imperial, which focuses on surgical safety in orthopaedic training.

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Paul Haslam
Paul Haslam
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Doncaster

Mr Haslam trained in Sheffield and completed fellowships in Melbourne, Auckland and Sydney, including with Mr Leo Pinczewski. 


He has been working as a Consultant for 15 years in Doncaster and Bassetlaw with a busy knee practice, including paediatric knee surgery. 


In 2019 Paul joined the paediatric knee team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital helping to provide the Knee Service. 


Paul has always been heavily involved in education and training and lectured on knee examination techniques at the British Orthopaedic Association for 10 years. 


He is also faculty on the Chesterfield Sheffield FRCS(Orth) course and co-convened the Biomet ACL course in 2015.    

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Caroline Hing
Professor of orthopaedics at St George’s University London

Caroline trained in Medicine at University College London with an intercalated BSc(Hons) in Anatomy & Developmental Biology. She completed her Orthopaedic and Trauma training on the Pott Rotation based at Barts and The London Hospitals with a further period of training at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital whilst completing an MD, doctoral thesis on patellofemoral instability. She also completed an MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering awarded by the University of Wales. Her fellowships included trauma at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and knee surgery at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. 

Caroline has subspecialty interests in knee surgery, especially patellofemoral instability and in trauma. She is a Professor of orthopaedics at St George’s University London with research interests in patellofemoral instability and trauma. She has established a patellofemoral service within St George’s for local and regional referrals. She is a clinical director for corporate outpatients at St George’s Hospital and she leads for research in orthopaedics in the trust. She is co-editor in chief of The Knee Journal. She supports equality and diversity initiatives within orthopaedics and is a trustee of the British Orthopaedic Association. 

As part of AOUK she chairs research and careers development. She lectures nationally and internationally on patellofemoral instability and trauma as well as publishing scientific papers.

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David Hollinghurst
David Hollinghurst
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Mr David Hollinghurst is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and BMI The Ridgeway Hospital. Mr Hollinghurst also holds honorary consultant posts at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford and Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Having gained a degree in physiology, specializing in the biology of nerve and muscle, from Cambridge University, he qualified in Medicine also from Cambridge in 1996. He completed orthopaedic training in Oxford, during which time he was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England to study the function of partial and total knee replacements.

Mr Hollinghurst gained further experience during fellowships working with world class surgeons at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver and a visiting fellowship in joint preservation of the young adult hip in Children’s Hospital Boston.

Training in both children’s and adult hip and knee surgery has fostered a strong interest in managing problems in patients of all age groups. The varied experience and different philosophies gained from training in four different health care systems has helped Mr Hollinghurst provide individual solutions for young, active or athletic patients.

Outside work Mr Hollinghurst remains a keen amateur sportsman racing in cycle sportives, triathlons, playing racket sports and high altitude mountaineering in the European Alps.

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Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson DipSEM FSEM is a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician and co-founder and trustee for the youth sport injury prevention initiative Power Up To Play (www.poweruptoplay.org)

Kate has worked in sports and exercise medicine for 20 years training initially as a GPSI then as a SEM specialist in 2013. She’s worked in many areas of sport and exercise medicine including NHS MSK clinics, the English Institute of Sport, the MOD, team travel with England Netball and England Hockey and Olympic and Paralympic team leader at London 2012. Kate was a Bath University SEM examiner and a clinical researcher in SEM at Oxford University for 5 years. Most recently she was the Academy and Women’s Doctor at Oxford United Football Club where she saw firsthand the physical, psychological and social impact of ACL ruptures in youth players. This sparked her interest in ACL injury prevention and in particular in the widespread use of a structured, evidence-based, injury prevention warm-up to reduce ACL injuries at all levels of sport. 

 

Power Up To Play is a charity initiative (Charity registration 1182851). Set up in 2019 with the aim of providing free education and injury prevention training to coaches in grassroot sports clubs. We now have over 80 ambassadors/trainers across the UK and would love to have more! We would ultimately like to see a generational shift in injury prevention warm-up at grassroot level where it is the norm rather than the exception! Please get in touch if you’d like to help this initiative in any way info@poweruptoplay.org

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Mininder Kocher
Mininder Kocher
Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Boston, USA

Dr. Kocher is the Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, 
O’Donnell Family Endowed Chair, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical 
School. He is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, and 
clinical epidemiology. 
His clinical practice focuses on sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, 
hip, elbow, and ankle. He has treated pediatric and adult patients from around the world and 
many professional sports. He is the team physician for numerous high schools, Babson College, 
Northeastern University, US Ski Team, and USA Track & Field. He is recognized as Best of 
Boston by Boston Magazine, Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, America’s Top Doctors 
by Castle Connelly, Top 17 Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons in North America by RY Ortho, and 
Who’s Who in the World by Strathmore. 
His research focuses on clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. He has published over 250 
scientific articles, 100 book chapters, 6 textbooks, and has been a visiting professor in over 20 
countries. He has received numerous research awards including the Angela Kuo Award, the 
Arthur Heune Award, the Vernon Thompson Award, and the Kappa Delta Award (orthopaedic 
surgery’s highest honor). 
He has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, San Francisco Chronicle, 
Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Herald, ABC World News, and Sports Illustrated. 
He has collaborated with the International Olympic Committee and the Aspen Institute. He is an 
invited member of IPOTT, Herodicus Society, and the 20th Century Orthopaedic Association. 
He has served in leadership positions with numerous organizations including President of 
POSNA, Founder of PRISM, and the Board of Directors of the AAOS and AOSSM.

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Jonathon Lavelle
Jonathon Lavelle
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, London

Mr Jonathon Lavelle qualified from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in 1985. He trained in Orthopaedics on the West London training scheme including working at The Middlesex Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals. He has been a consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Mr Lavelle has interests both in soft tissue surgery as well as joint replacement and revision surgery. He has worked with many professional rugby and football clubs, as well as with the Professional Jockeys Association in the UK.

 

He is involved in running a number of soft tissue knee surgery courses for trainees and consultants including for meniscal repair, ACL and PCL reconstructive surgery. He was a member of the BASK/BSCOS steering committee that developed guidelines on the management of paediatric soft tissue pathology.

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Sheanna Maine
Sheanna Maine
Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Brisbane, Australia

Dr Sheanna Maine is an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty interests in Paediatric Orthopaedics, Knee Surgery and Limb Reconstruction Surgery. She undertook a Paediatric orthopaedic fellowship at RCH Melbourne in 2012 and was an ISAKOS PFJ travelling fellow in 2018-2019. She has researched extensively into the biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint and has collaborated with Griffith University and the Childrens Health Queensland Gait Lab to develop of pioneering techniques in assessing the consequences of lower limb malalignment on patellofemoral dislocation in the adolescent and paediatric population. Sheanna has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals over the last 5 years, written book chapters and been an invited speaker to multiple national and international conferences. She was co-organiser of the 2016 combined ILLRS and ASAMI combined international conference, member of the Australian Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and faculty member and ICL committee chair for the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society. She is currently the first and only female member of the Australian Knee Society. 

Sheanna’s interest in knee surgery stemmed from the misfortune in having had 3 of her own ACL reconstructions. Despite this, she was selected to compete for Australia on the TSKFA women’s karate team from 2009 until 2021. Sheanna has been an athlete at an international level and won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Karate World Cups. Integration of her interests in Karate and Orthopaedics has led to her delivering several seminars on “Biomechanics for Karate” and being a guest instructor on the International Karate at Home Facebook group. 

Sheanna has been involved with the AOA Orthopaedic Outreach Pacific Islands Program and undertook three clinical and educational trips to Kiribati between 2014 and 2018. She was Team leader of the 2015 visit and hopes to continue supporting Orthopaedic Outreach once visits are able to resume. She has a husband who loves motor racing and a son who loves mythical sea monsters. 

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Vipul Mandalia
Vipul Mandalia
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter

Vipul Mandalia obtained his orthopaedic training with the Wessex Deanery. His fellowship training in knee surgery included leading centres in the UK and the USA (University of Alabama, University of Pittsburgh). Vipul has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital since 2009.

His practice includes all aspects of knee surgery, including tertiary referrals for young knee arthritis, multi-ligament injury, meniscus repair, cartilage and meniscus transplant and complex patellofemoral surgery. He also provides treatment for complex knee trauma and sports knee injury in elite national and international sports persons. He performs partial and total knee replacement and uses advanced technology including robotic assisted knee replacement. He has developed and published surgical techniques on a number of surgical procedures.

Vipul is involved in education at various levels. He has been on the education committee of British Indian orthopaedic society for three years. He is the course convenor for the annual Exeter Knee Masterclass and other European knee courses. He has presented as an invited speaker at various national and international conferences.

As a research lead for the Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit, he coordinates research projects in the department and has been a principle / chief investigator of various research projects. He is involved in multicentre international trials including that of cartilage transplantation. His research area not only includes the clinical outcomes of various surgical treatments but also the cellular and molecular effect of various treatment modalities on the knee joint and biomechanics of fixation devices. With his strong research background, he has authored a large number (over 50) of peer review publications, review articles and a book chapter.

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Stephen McDonnell

Associate professor and consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Stephen McDonnell is an Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Consultant Knee Surgeon. His research interests are Knee injuries, identifying and stratifying patients with early knee osteoarthritis, and defining their phenotypic features.

His interests in Knee injuries include prevention, stratification tools, and treatments. He has led the James Lind Alliance for the priorities in Soft tissue knee injuries; he is currently undertaking work developing the CamKIT  - Cambridge Knee Injury Toolkit.  He leads an NIHR Multi Centre International randomized control trial, ACL STARR, for ACL repair vs. ACL reconstruction.

He works closely with the Department of Radiology using novel imaging techniques. This aims to provide a personalised treatment for the different phenotypes of early knee OA. He was the center coordinator for the EU ADIPOA2 clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of autologous adipose-derived stem cells in the treatment of advanced OA of the knee and the PI for EU Starstem project understanding how stem cells and extracellular vesicles lead to healing using photoacoustic imaging techniques.  He undertook his previous research MD and orthopaedic surgical training in Oxford, based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

 

He remains a busy clinical knee surgeon treating children's and adult knee injuries.  He undertook a specialist knee and hip “Sports and Joints” fellowship in Melbourne with the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

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Claire Minshull
Claire Minshull

Claire completed her PhD in 2004 in the field of rehabilitation science  She has over 25 years of experience working in academia, the NHS and in leading research roles.  She has designed, led and managed major clinical and non-clinical research trials, supervised several PhD students and developed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in exercise and rehabilitation science.  Claire has an established publication profile and was recently appointed Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University.

Claire’s area of expertise means that she uniquely spans the gap between the physiology of conditioning and physiotherapeutic rehabilitation and she founded Get Back To Sport to enable the transference of research findings into enhancing practice.  Get Back To Sport now has an international teaching profile and a respect and credibility with clinicians and commissioners. Claire is also co-founder of Joint Approach, a multidisciplinary online programme for the management of osteoarthritic knee pain.

Rehabilitation & Conditioning Specialist

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Dominic O'Dowd
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sheffield Children's Hospital and Rotherham Hospital

Mr Dominic P O’Dowd

MBChB, BSc(SEM), Dip(SEM), MSc(SEM), FRCS(Tr&Orth)

 

Dominic is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Rotherham Hospital, specialising in paediatric and adult trauma, knee surgery, sports injuries and injury prevention.  He leads the transition pathway for knee and sports surgery between the paediatric and adult sectors in South Yorkshire.

He graduated in medicine from Sheffield University, during which time he attained a 1st Class BSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University London.  He returned to Queen Mary to graduate with an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine and was a surgical trainee in South Yorkshire before passing the FRCS(Tr & Orth).

During his training he gained extensive experience working with professional athletes.  Domestically as a doctor at the British Superbikes, with periods as Club Doctor for West Ham United and Blackpool Football Clubs.  Internationally he worked as a Doctor at the England FA with the U16-19 Men’s squads as well as the Senior Women’s 2013 World Cup Qualifying Campaign.

After training he undertook a Sports Surgery Fellowship with Stewart Walsh and colleagues at the Unisports Medical Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, and a Fellowship with Peter Myers and Tim McMeniman at the BOSMC institute in Brisbane, Australia.  Following this he undertook the first dedicated Paediatric and Adult Knee Fellowship with Quang Dao and Alex Nicholls in Sydney, Australia before the Starship Hospital Paediatric Fellowship in New Zealand.

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Tom Quantrell
Tom Quantrell

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree is Physiotherapy, a master’s degree in sports and exercise rehabilitation and is currently studying for a professional doctorate in sport and exercise science at the University of Birmingham. Tom has worked in the NHS, private sector and with numerous sports to an elite and international level. Tom currently runs the Physioteq clinic at Cambridge University sports, lectures on the paediatric physiotherapy MSc program at UCL’s institute of child health and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of sporting injuries in children. Tom has 3 young children so has no spare time but manages to try and keep young by escaping to a cross fit gym as much as he can.

Consultant Physiotherapist, Cambridge University Sports Centre
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Claire Robertson
Claire Robertson
Consultant Physiotherapist in Patellofemoral Pain, Wimbledon Clinics

Claire Robertson qualified in 1994 with a BSc(hons) Physiotherapy. She has since obtained her MSc Physiotherapy, in 2003, and PGCE in 2006. Claire has worked in the NHS, academia and private practice, and currently (and for the last 15 years) works as a consultant physiotherapist in patellofemoral pain at Wimbledon Clinics. Claire has lectured internationally and has many research papers and editorials published in internationally peer-reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer herself for Physiotherapy Research International, Physical Therapy in Sport, Clinical Anatomy and Physiotherapy. Claire runs her own education business, Claire Patella, and as part of this runs post-graduate courses on patellofemoral problems for physiotherapists.  Claire has also lectured widely on adolescent patellofemoral pain. She is on the education committee for the British Patellofemoral Society.

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Kristian Samuelsson
Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, Gotheborg, Sweden

Professor Kristian Samuelsson has an extensive clinical and research experience in the field of orthopaedics and sports medicine. Alongside his academic experiences, Dr. Samuelsson’s involvement in the technology sector has led to recent involvement in interdisciplinary projects spanning the healthcare, computer science, and medical industries.

 

Dr. Samuelsson’s medical career began with residency training at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he later continued as a trained specialist and chief physician in orthopaedics sports medicine.

 

In 2019, Dr. Samuelsson was appointed as a professor in orthopaedic surgery. He has significant contributions to the field, with over 210 peer-reviewed publications, which have received over 5,000 citations.

 

Aside from his academic achievements, Dr. Samuelsson founded the Sahlgrenska Sports Medicine Center, a home for over 30 dedicated researchers. As a mentor, he has guided numerous PhD and Master’s candidates in orthopaedics and sports medicine.

 

His research focuses broadly, particularly on sports-related musculoskeletal injuries and evidence-based treatments for soft-tissue knee injuries. He collaborates with international and national institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and Chalmers University of Technology. His collaborative research projects aim to explore the innovative use of braces, cutting-edge imaging technologies, and the implementation of artificial intelligence in surgical procedures.

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Martyn Snow
Martyn Snow
Consultant Knee and Shoulder Surgeon at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK

Professor. Martyn Snow is a Consultant Knee and Shoulder Surgeon at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, he is a graduate of Edinburgh University and undertook his Registrar training in the Manchester region. He spent 18 months on fellowship in North America, 12 months in Halifax, Nova Scotia undertaking a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Sports Medicine Clinic of Nova Scotia. He subsequently spent 6 months at the Holand Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre in Toronto, gaining further experience in Shoulder and Knee surgery. In 2008 Prof Snow was awarded the British Elbow and Shoulder Society North American travelling fellowship. In 2018 Prof. Snow undertook the APKASS ESSKA traveling fellowship, visiting major arthroscopic centres across Australasia.

 

Professor Snow has over 60 publications in various International medical journals, has written 6 book chapters on knee and shoulder injuries and has presented over 100 papers at various national and International meetings. Professor Snow has an honorary chair in Chemical Engineering at The University of Birmingham and an honorary chair in Regenerative Medicine at Aston University. His current research interests include the use of chondroprogenitors for cartilage repair, biological augmentation of tendon repair and rotational lower limb malalignment.

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Tim Spalding
Tim Spalding
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital, Cleveland Clinic London

Tim Spalding is a knee surgeon in the Midlands at Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital and in London at the Cleveland Clinic London. He is past president of the International ACL Study Group dedicated to research in the field of ACL surgery. His focus is on ligament reconstruction and knee preservation covering meniscal repair and meniscal transplantation, articular cartilage repair, osteotomy, and novel Ortho-Biologics.

 

He spent the first part of his career with the Royal Navy, becoming consultant in 1995. Specialist training was in Oxford with subsequent fellowship in Toronto. He joined University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 2000, where he set up meniscal transplantation and lead a well-respected fellowship program before leaving in 2021. Research work continues with the Coventry knee team.

 

He has pioneered several new techniques and currently has over 100 publications and 12 book chapters. He leads the UK National Ligament Registry for ACL surgery, which is currently transitioning into the Non Arthroplasty Medical Devices Outcome Registry. Internationally, he co-leads the European Allograft Initiative, the International Meniscal REconstruction Forum (IMREF) and the ICRS Cartilage Foundation. He is co-moderator of the Sports Knee Surgery biannual conference since 2003.

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Stephane Tercier
Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lausanne, Switzerland

Stéphane TERCIER, MD Personal - born in 1973 in Lausanne, Swiss & French nationalities, married & father of 3 children. Sport experience: football, track & fields, ski, snowboard and volleyball. Professional – graduation in Human Medicine in 1997, doctorate in 2003, board certified for Pediatric Surgery in 2007 and for Sports Medicine in 2011. Clinical Research Fellowship in the Pediatric Orthopedic Department of Manipal University in India. Actually Attending Doctor (Associate MD) in the Pediatric orthopedic & trauma unit, specialized in knee arthroscopy. Founder in 2016 and head of the Interdisciplinary Sports Medicine Center for Adolescents (SportAdo center) at the University Hospital of Lausanne. - President of the French speaking Network in exercice & sport medicine. - Board member of the Sport Study Group of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS). - Chief medical officer (CMO) for the Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne. - Chairman of the Association And You (www.associationandyou.ch), whose main aim is to raise awareness among young sportspeople of the different types of abuse in sport and to train the managers and supervisors of sports associations. Author or co-author of some fifty scientific publications and speaker at national and international conferences in his areas of expertise.

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Maria Tuca
Maria Tuca
Knee Surgeon, Santiago de Chile

- Knee Surgeon at Pontificia Universidad Catolica and Hospital Clinico Mutual de Seguridad

- Professor at Universidad Catolica de Chile

- Fellowship Director at both teaching centers (Universidad Catolica and Mutual)

- ISAKOS Board of Directors Member al Large

- Deputy Chair ISAKOS Knee Committee

- Board of Trustees Member Journal of ISAKOS

- ACL Study Group Member

- Reviewer for JISAKOS, KSSTA, SCHOT

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Rebecca Tunbridge
Rebecca Tunbridge
Physiotherapist, Sheffield and Great Ormond Street Hospitals

Rebecca Tunbridge is a Physiotherapist working in Paediatric Orthopaedics at Sheffield Children's and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. She has a special interest in limb reconstruction including the management of complex limb deformity and associated knee pathology. She leads therapy services for the Paediatric Limb Reconstruction service at Sheffield Children's and is undertaking a higher degree on the management of knee instability in limb deficiencies.

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Marco Turati
Marco Turati
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, San Gerardo Hospital

Marco Turati, MD, is Assistant Professor in Milano-Bicocca University. He is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at San Gerardo Hospital, Italy and at the Transalpine Center Of Pediatric Sports Medicine And Surgery. He participated in the development of the Transalpine Center Of Pediatric Sports Medicine And Surgery, an International Pediatric Sport Medicine Center between the Grenoble Alps University Hospital, France and the University of Milano-Bicocca.  His clinical and research interests are sports medicine, paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric sports medicine. He is the chair of the EPOS Sports Study Group.

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Stewart Walsh
Stewart Walsh
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Auckland, New Zealand

Stewart is a founding partner at UniSports Orthopaedics. He has a keen interest in sports and is an orthopaedic specialist with over 30 years of experience in dealing with all soft tissue and joint injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle and foot.

In 1996, Stewart was awarded the prestigious ESSKA Travelling Sports Fellowship to Europe.

Since 1998 Stewart has headed the Orthopaedic Fellowship in Sports Medicine, which is a sought-after six-month fellowship available to surgeons both in New Zealand and from around the world.

Stewart has served on the Board of Drug-Free Sport New Zealand and in 2008 was the first orthopaedic surgeon to travel as part of the New Zealand Olympic team.

In addition to his practice at UniSports Orthopaedics, Stewart works at Starship Children’s Hospital as a consultant  in Paediatric Orthopaedics.

Clinical Director Starship Orthopaedics 2000-2013

Fellowship Director Starship Orthopaedics 1998-2019

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Richad Weier
Richard Weiler

Sports and Exercise medicine Consultant

Richard is a consultant in sport & exercise medicine, and lead doctor at West Ham United, Lead Para Football Doctor at the FA and CMO to GB Bobsleigh. He has completed a PhD thesis 'Improving Para Sports Concussion Care at VU, Amsterdam. He has worked 3 Paralympic cycles with GB, 2 Winter Olympics, 1 Invictus Games and is a FIFA Medical Officer. 

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