Mez studied at The University of Leeds Medical School and attained a first class honours degree in Anatomy in 1995. His higher surgical training was completed on the South Trent rotation. He spent one year in Bristol, subspecialising in pelvic and acetabular trauma/complex trauma and spent a further year in Perth, Western Australia, specialising in complex hip and knee arthroplasty and revision arthroplasty.
He took up a consultant post at Frenchay and the Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead in Bristol as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in orthopaedic trauma and lower limb joint replacement, in particular pelvic reconstruction, complex trauma, hip and knee replacement and revision hip surgery. He is keen to individualise treatment for each patient and offer both operative and non-operative treatment modalities and is currently the Audit lead for the Orthopaedic and Trauma Department at North Bristol.
Mr Baker is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He is based at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre and has a specialist interest in revision surgery for failed hip and knee replacements. This includes failure from infection, fracture, loosening, pain and reaction to metal debris.
He went to medical school in Manchester and graduated in 1999. He is on the GMC specialist register as an Orthopaedic Consultant who specialises in both elective and trauma surgery, after completing his training in Bristol.
He is fellowship trained having spent one year in the prestigious Vancouver adult lower limb joint reconstruction unit. Subsequently he has visited Munster (Germany) as an AO fellow in trauma. His research interests include hip and knee replacement, hip resurfacing and hip fracture treatment.
He is the editor in chief of hip international, the only journal dedicated to hip disease and is actively involved in teaching junior doctors and medical students.
Mr. Derek Bennett is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in all aspects of primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He is Chairman of the Orthopaedic Department at Mayo University Hospital and Clinical Director of the Peri-operative Division. He is a member and former chairman of the Irish Faculty of the AO Organisation. He is a member of the European Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Vice President of the orthopaedic section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. He is a board member of and serves as Vice President of the Irish American Orthopaedic Society. He is a board member of the Irish Osteoporosis Society. He is a member of the European Accreditation Committee for Continuing Medical Education. He is founder of the Irish Chapter of the Operation Walk Charity which performs hip and knee surgeries in third world countries. He is the Irish pioneer for rapid recovery surgery after hip and knee replacement.
Prof Tim Board
Prof Tim Board
Tim Board is a Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon working at the Centre for Hip Surgery at Wrightington Hospital. He is also a Visiting Professor in Orthopaedics at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Professor at Salford University.
He is fellowship trained in dealing with complex hip and knee problems including primary and revision arthroplasty. He was appointed as a Consultant in 2007 and has developed a special interest in treating young patients with arthritis and also treating patients who have problems after operations and dealing with revision surgery of the hip and knee.
He also has an interest in dealing with hip impingement using the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques.
He gained his Medical degree from the University of Manchester in 1996 (awarded with Honours). He also gained a first class honours degree in Anatomy whilst an undergraduate. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1999. Speciality training in the North West led to completion of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeon (Trauma and Orthopaedics) in 2005.
During his training Tim undertook periods of specialist training abroad, spending a year in Sydney, Australia and visiting fellowships in Hanover, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. He also spent some voluntary time in Malawi, providing orthopaedic care and education, a visit funded by World Orthopaedic Concern.
He has a strong interest in research and undertook an MD at the University of Manchester investigating bone grafting techniques in revision hip surgery. He has presented at many national and international meetings and has published more than 50 papers His main fields of research interest include bone grafting and tissue engineering, hip impingement and arthroscopy, heterotopic ossification, computer aided surgery, outcome of uncemented stems in revision hip arthroplasty and failure of hip resurfacing.
Tim is a research advisor for the NHS Blood and Transplant Tissue Services, the largest bone bank in Europe where he is helping to develop the next generation of bone graft techniques including tissue engineering of bone graft.
Tim has also been appointed as Associate Editor for the journal Hip International, the official journal of the European Hip Society. The publication is the only journal worldwide to focus solely on hip surgery.
Professor Olivier Borens, MD is Head of the Unit of Septic Surgery and Head of the Orthopaedic-Trauma Unit of the Department for the Musculoskeletal System of the University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne (Switzerland). He has received his medical education at the University of Basel and specialized in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the hospitals of Liestal and Lausanne. After a one-year-fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York his work concentrated on the traumatology of the acetabulum and the pelvis and on infections of the musculoskeletal system, especially following joint replacement.
He has made his department a reference centre for orthopaedic infections in the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), welcoming visitors from Europe, North and South America as well as Australia. Olivier Borens is intensely involved in scientific activities and regularly invited to present at national and international conferences. His research focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic infections, biofilm, local antibiotics and minimally invasive techniques in traumatology, among others.
Among others he is president of AOTrauma Switzerland, incoming president of the Swiss orthopaedic society, former president of the expert group on orthopaedic infections as well as former board member of the European Bone and Joint Infection Society (EBJIS). He takes active part in the education of medical students and the training of under- and post-graduate physicians. His publication list includes more than 100 journal articles, several book chapters and a great number of abstracts.
Michael Christie, M.D., M.P.H. is the founder and Chairman of Walk Strong, a nonprofit medical humanitarian organization which provides free knee and hip replacements for patients in developing and underserved countries. Walk Strong’s medical mission teams of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other volunteers are committed to helping those in need by restoring their mobility, self-dignity, productivity and helping patients return to a normal life.
Dr. Christie is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision total joint replacement and is the founding partner of Southern Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where he was Director of the Joint Replacement Service and founded the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University. Currently he serves as the Medical Director of the TriStar Advanced Joint Replacement Institute and is the Director of the Southern Joint Replacement Institute Total Joint Fellowship program.
A graduate of DePauw University, Dr. Christie received his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, and his M.D. from Loyola University in Chicago. After completing his orthopaedic residency at Loyola, he completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic Program for Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
An internationally recognized lecturer and author in the field of joint replacement, Dr. Christie has a special interest in complex revision surgeries of the hip and knee. He remains active in clinical research, teaching, and orthopaedic implant design.
Mr Cronin qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 2000. His orthopaedic training was undertaken in London and South Wales, during which time he built a strong interest in hip surgery. This has been complemented with 12 months Fellowship training in young adult hip surgery based at Guys Hospital in London. He has also travelled extensively visiting surgeons with similar interests to further his skills.
His interest in hip surgery (or often in non-surgical treatment if appropriate) ranges from hip arthroscopy and open bony surgery (osteotomies) to total hip replacement and revision total hip replacement.
His NHS post is in one of the largest specialist young adult hip units in the UK (UHCW).
He has a keen interest in teaching, being involved in the training programme for junior orthopaedic surgeons and now runs a 12 month post for an overseas fellow to gain experience in this field.
Prof Richie Gill
Richie Gill is the Professor of Healthcare Engineering at the University of Bath. His research area is Bioengineering with a particular interest in Orthopaedics.
Professor Gill completed a first degree in Aerospace Engineering and initially worked in the aerospace industry. He developed an interest in bioengineering and undertook a PhD in Orthopaedic Mechanics. He has spent over 20 years working in a mixed clinical/research environment and was the Group Head of the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre from 2001 until 2012, when he moved to the University of Bath.
He is currently on the Executive Committees of the British Orthopaedic Research Society and the European Orthopaedic Research Society, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journal.
Prof Alister Hart
Prof Alister Hart
Professor Alister Hart holds the chair of orthopaedics at University College London (UCL) and is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust. He is also the Action Medical Research chair of orthopaedics. He specialises in hip and knee problems, was nicknamed the “Hip Detective” by the BBC and campaigns for everlasting performance of orthopaedic implants.
He studied medicine at Caius College, Cambridge University (q 1994), basic surgical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and higher surgical training on the RNOH rotation. In 2006 he was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Imperial College London. In 2012 he was appointed to his present positions.
His surgical and research interests focus on the achievement of the best possible patient and radiological outcomes after hip and knee replacement. His Impact Case study for the 2014 UCL REF on the subject of hip implant research included: changes to international health policy; development of new and revised clinical guidance in the UK and abroad; changes to clinical practice and subsequent cost savings; and accountability within industry.
He has been Principal Investigator on 26 grant awards since 2006 with total funding of over £6 million from research councils, charities and industry. He has published more than 150 papers (first or last author on ›100) with 200 co-authors, ›4000 citations and an h index of 34. He actively collaborates with surgeons and scientists in Boston, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Germany and Finland.
He has done more than 3000 surgical operations including ›500 revision hip replacements. He has reviewed for 10 journals. He has given invited lectures in the USA, Canada, Japan, Finland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Poland on hip and knee surgery. His medicolegal work has been successfully used by both claimants and defendants.
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Liesanne Janssens is a Product Engineer at Materialise and specializes in patient-specific hip solutions.
Following her 2014 graduation from the KU Leuven (Belgium) with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Liesanne joined Materialise (Mobelife) to focus on patient-specific hip solutions. Working as a Design Engineer first allowed her to gain an in-depth understanding of the technical requirements of patient-specific implant design. Next, she took on the role of Clinical Engineer, which enabled her to develop a strong clinical knowledge as well. Bringing both extensive technical and clinical expertise to the table, Liesanne is now Materialise’s expert on patient-specific hip solutions.
Materialise’s mission is to innovate product development that results in a better and healthier world, through their software and hardware infrastructure, and in-depth knowledge of 3D printing. Liesanne’s passion for patient care and innovation fully matches this mission.
Prof Theo Karachilios
Prof Theo Karachilios
Dr Th. Karachalios was born in Loutraki Korinthias in 1958, he qualified from the Medical School of Athens University (1976-1982), he specialized in Orthopaedics and completed his MD thesis at the Orthopaedic Department of Athens University (1984-1989). He further improved his clinical and research experience at Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol University, Bristol UK (1990-1992). From 1992 up to 1998 he practiced Orthopaedic Surgery, as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, at the KAT NHS Hospital in Athens.
In 1998 he was elected Assistant Professor, in 2005 Associate Professor and in 2011 Professor in Orthopaedics at the University of Thessaly. He practices adult hip and knee reconstructive surgery, sport injuries and late reconstruction of musculoskeletal injuries. His main research interest is hip disorders, fracture healing and bone metabolism and diseases.
He has published 105 papers in international Journals of Index Medicus with a total impact factor of 192.5 (91 of them are shown in Pubmed). He has got 1200 citations with an h-index of 20. He has written eleven chapters in books. His teaching experience includes 408 lectures in domestic (339) and international (69) meetings.
He spends his free time running long distances and he is a keen master scuba diver.
Peter McLardy-Smith was a senior consultant in the Oxford Hip and Knee Surgery group. His undergraduate training was in Oxford and St. Bartholomews Hospital, London. He returned to Oxford and then Bristol for his post-graduate training in general surgery. He was appointed as the clinical lecturer in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Oxford to complete his specialist orthopaedic training at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. In 1985 he was awarded the first John Charnley scholarship enabling him to work for one year in a research/clinical fellowship at the University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France where he furthered his specialist interest in hip and knee arthritis surgery.
In 1987 he was appointed as a consultant surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford to work solely in the field of hip and knee arthritis and revision surgery and he has confined his practise to that specialised field ever since.
He has developed a particularly broad experience in the fields of revision hip surgery and the management of peri-prosthetic infections.
He is a member of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, a life member and former President of The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty And President of The Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society.
Peter was an honorary clinical lecturer in orthopaedic surgery to the University of Oxford and has published widely in his field. He has travelled extensively, as an invited guest, to teach, present original data and operate in North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as Europe.
Prof Hemant Pandit
Prof Hemant Pandit
Hemant is Professor in Elective Orthopaedics at the University of Leeds.
Hemant specialises in hip and knee surgery and the focus of his research is on patient-based studies and biomechanics in this area. Hemant’s current research involves identifying the aetiology and treatment of hip and knee arthritis and ways to improve outcome. His research includes biomechanical studies, assessment of knee kinematics, outcomes after knee replacement and clinical trials of various interventions for osteoarthritis. His work on adverse reaction to metal debris (also known as pseudotumour) after metal-on-metal hips was instrumental in changing clinical practice.
Hemant is also Co-Director of COOL, a multi-country programme in Trauma and Orthopaedics training and research in East, Central and Southern Africa. This project is funded through the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET).
John is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust. He leads the Joint Reconstruction Unit at Stanmore where he is the Director of Research and Development. He is a Founding Director of the London Implant Retrieval Centre, Immediate Past President of the British Hip Society and an elected member of the Council of the British Orthopaedic Association. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journals and is a reviewer for 7 journals. He has given invited lectures in the USA, including the Presidential Guest Lecture at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons in 2012. He has also given invited lectures in the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Dubai, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Austria and France.
He studied medicine at Kings College London, University of London (q1988), underwent basic surgical training in London and Norwich and higher surgical training on the RNOH rotation. In 1999 he was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the UCL Institute of Musculoskeletal Science and was acting Clinical Director and Head of Department from 2001-2004. He was also awarded the prestigious American, British, Canadian (ABC) travelling Fellowship in 2004.
His surgical and research interests focus on the achieving the best possible clinical and radiological outcomes after hip and knee replacement and reconstruction after tumour surgery. He works with joint preservation techniques using cartilage transplantation and Stem cell therapies in damaged joints. He works in multidisciplinary research and clinical teams to optimise patient care and management, to study the influence of implant design, surgical positioning and patient factors on patient outcome. This Research has won awards in the UK and the USA. He has published 165 papers and collaborates with surgeons in 25 countries. This ability to collaborate has resulted in more than 7000 failed implants being sent to the LIRC and has facilitated the themed Research which makes the group world-renowned.
Since 2008, he has chaired the joint British Orthopaedic Association, British Hip Society, National Joint Registry and MHRA Expert Advisory Committee on metal bearing hips. Under his leadership this committee has issued guidance, via the MHRA that is used worldwide to guide surgeons and patients on how to manage these patients and hips. This advice is followed worldwide and applies to 1.5 million patients with metal bearing hips across the globe. In 2012 he gave evidence and advised the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) USA (under oath) on matters related to Metal on metal bearing hips. He was the only non-American called to give Evidence.
Evert Smith is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol.
He has extensive experience in hip replacement surgery and is renowned in his field for expertise in performing challenging, complex hip and minimally invasive surgery (MIS) where his passion for perfection and a desire to aim for excellent patient outcomes and improved prosthesis survival is his key objective.
Innovation is at the heart of his work and he co–designed the Exceed ABT Acetabular system. He is also co-designer of the patented Exceed ABT 15° Face Changing Cup with Biomet Inc. This cup represents a shift away from conventional thinking in the treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip as it requires the surgeon to position the acetabular shell in the hip socket and at the same time alters the liner bearing surface into an improved position to reduce wear.
He manages a research programme based on his hip surgery and this carries forward into his role as a chairperson and regular speaker at international conferences where his expertise in all aspects of hip surgery is transferred and debated.
Mr Stephen trained at the University College & Middlesex Hospitals School of Medicine, London. His Higher surgical training was in the Mid Trent region and Brisbane, Australia before taking up his consultancy at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2004. This has recently merged becoming the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton forming one of the largest orthopaedic units in the country. He specialises in hip arthroplasty, is the Divisional Medical Director for Surgery and is a member of the BOA professional practice committee and BOA council as of January 2019.
Prof John Timperley
Prof John Timperley
Professor Timperley is a Fellowship trained specialist in hip and knee replacement surgery. He has completed a PhD studying the socket component of total hip replacement.
Professor Timperley's sub specialities include: Primary, complex primary and revision total hip and knee replacement surgery and soft tissue repair of hip.
In August 2010 Professor Timperley was recognised by the Daily Mail in an article about the UK's Top 10 Hip Surgeons. Uniquely, the study canvassed the views of top orthopaedic surgeons across the country and asked them “if your own nearest and dearest were to need a total hip replacement, who would you refer them to and why?” Impressively, Professor Timperley was described as “the leader of evidence-based hip surgery” who does “everything to the highest level, from the preparation through to the procedure and aftercare”.
Professor Timperley carried out his postgraduate education in the North West of England, the South West, London and the Midlands. In 1990 he undertook two years research as a Hip Fellow under the supervision of Professor Ling OBE. He was awarded a British Orthopaedic Association Wishbone Trust grant to carry out research. He was subsequently awarded the John Charnley Research Fellowship to travel to centres of excellence in North America and also a Johnson & Johnson Clinical Fellowship which was based in Ohio, USA. During this period he gained experience into all aspects of Hip and Knee replacement surgery.
He was appointed a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Exeter in 1994 and his practice now concentrates exclusively on primary, complex primary and revision total hip and knee replacements.
Since taking up his Consultant position he has completed a Ph.D. degree at the University of Oxford. His research interest continues in the academic Hip Unit in Exeter and he is supervising several higher degrees in collaboration with Bath University. He is an Industrial Steering Team Member for the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Bath and also an International member of the Educational advisory board for the Homer Stryker Center based in Mahwah, New Jersey.
He has been elected to the Council of the British Orthopaedic Association.
Mr Anthony Ward has been practising as a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon in Bristol since 1993, after completing his orthopaedic training in Bristol and Plymouth, UK and Pittsburgh, USA. He completed a fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction surgery with special expertise in pelvic and hip trauma disorders.
He is experienced in general orthopaedic surgery, particularly the surgery of arthritis and injuries to the hip, knee and lower limb, including arthroscopic "keyhole" techniques. Mr Ward is a member of the teaching faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons. He has lectured and represented research and clinical work at international meetings.
Tim underwent specialist orthopaedic training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore and subsequently spent a year in Australia on the Sydney Hip and Knee Surgeons' international fellowship. He was appointed Consultant at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2008 and Clinical Director for Trauma & Orthopaedics 2014-2017.
His specialist interests are mainly complex and revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He regularly presents at national and international meetings and his (hip) research interests include: Trabecular titanium in acetabular reconstruction, taper adapters, uncemented THR, enhanced recovery, THR in obese patients, bilateral THR, trochanteric pain syndrome. He set up the European trabecular titanium revision hip course in 2013 and continues to chair it twice a year.
The little free time he has is spent with his family, travelling, keeping fit, playing/recording music and acquiring more guitars.
Michael Whitehouse is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics based in the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol and at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre. His clinical interested include hip and knee replacement, the treatment of failed hip replacements (including infection, periprosthetic fracture and adverse reaction to wear debris), young adult hip disorders and trauma.
He holds a medical degree (MB ChB), a pathology degree (BSc Hons) and a doctorate (PhD) in Orthopaedics from the University of Bristol as well as a master’s degree in Orthopaedic Engineering (MSc Orth Eng with Distinction) from Cardiff University. His training included higher surgical training in South West Thames and Bristol and internationally recognised fellowships in joint reconstruction from Vancouver and Bristol. His academic training included time as the McMinn Scholar to the British Hip Society, as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow and as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer.
Mike’s research interests include first-in-human clinical trials, multi-centre clinical trials, research study design, the effectiveness of treatment for conditions such as infected joint replacements and mortality following surgery. His research is focused on improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgical interventions.
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