The Great Debate

Empowering surgeons – The case for choice

VENUE: The Royal College of Surgeons

AUDIENCE: Open to all

DATE: 17th - 18th June 2016

2016 International Faculty:

Peter AldingerPeter Aldinger

Prof. Dr. Aldinger´s research interests are focused on long-term result after the joint replacement, bone reaction and partial replacement of the knee. He is an internationally recognized expert and has many positive reviews both from patients and doctors. Together with an international team he has invented the new techniques of minimally invasive joint replacement and revision surgeries. Prof. Dr. Aldinger was habilitated as a professor for the subject of orthopedic at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Peter Aldinger studied medicine at the Universities of Tübingen, Harvard, San Francisco (USA) and completed his doctorate at the Surgical University Hospital Tübingen.

Jean-Noel ArgensonJean-Noel Argenson

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, since 1995, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement, The Aix-Marseille University, Hopital Sainte Marguerite, Marseille, France.

Since 2003: Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Surgery, The Aix-Marseille University, Hopital Sainte-Marguerite, Marseille, France.

Since 2007: Medical Director Bone and Joint Diseases of Marseille University-Hospital Centres

Actual Position, since 2011: Medical director of the Institute for Locomotion, Marseille University Hospital

Robert BarrackRobert Barrack

Dr. Robert Barrack is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with highest honors as a chemistry major and member of Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity. He completed his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN in 1980.

In 1990 Dr. Barrack served as a clinical and research fellow in hip & implant surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with Dr. William Harris. Following his completion of his fellowship he returned to Tulane Medical School where he served as a Director of Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Residency Program Director for 13 years.

In 1993 he was selected as an ABC traveling fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association. In 2004 he was recruited to join the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine where he serves as the Charles & Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He has served on the Executive Board of Directors and as Program Chairman for the American Hip Society, Knee Society and Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Barrack has been listed in Best Doctors in America® since 2005.

Dr. Barrack is the author of over 250 peer review publications and numerous book chapters as well as serving as Editor of “The Hip” for the widely subscribed Master’s Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery textbook series. He has delivered numerous visiting professor lectureships, including recently the Richard Rothman lecture at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, the William Harris lectureship at Harvard Medical School, and the John Charnley lectureship at the British Orthopaedic Association.

In 2014 he was named a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award by the Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery residents and was also named to the Executive Board of Directors and the Presidential Line of the Knee Society.

Michel BonninMichel Bonnin

Seth GreenwaldSeth Greenwald

Dr. A. Seth Greenwald is the President of Orthopaedic Research Laboratories. He is an internationally recognized bio-academician, thought leader and educator with almost four decades of experience as a productive researcher in areas of joint biomechanics and artificial implants. He is the originator of the prestigious Current Concepts in Joint Replacement meetings. Dr. Greenwald received his doctorate in orthopaedic and engineering sciences from Oxford University, England in 1970 and holds advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

Dr. Greenwald is an active member of many professional associations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Girdlestone Society and both the Hip and Knee Societies. Throughout the span of his career, Dr. Greenwald has held numerous prominent appointments within leading organizations, in both the public and private sectors, including the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Greenwald has also received numerous prestigious honors and awards, notably, the Presidential Medal of the British Orthopaedic Association and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Kappa Delta for recognition of outstanding orthopaedic basic science research. He is a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow.

Adolph V LombardiAdolph V Lombardi

Dr. Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr. of New Albany, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University and his medical degree from Temple University.

Dr. Lombardi’s vision for a physician-owned musculoskeletal specialty hospital spurred the development of New Albany Surgical Hospital, which opened in December 2003 and became part of Mount Carmel Health System in January 2007. He served as President of Medical Staff Services (2006-2007) and Chairman of the Department of Surgery (2003-2004). He currently serves as vice-chairman of the hospital management company. In 2013 he and his partners opened White Fence Surgical Suites, where they are pioneering same day surgery for total joint replacement.

Dr. Lombardi is a designer of the Maxim Knee System and the Vanguard Knee System, which are used internationally, as well as the AVL Anti-Subluxation Rotating Hinge Knee, the Max-Ti Reconstruction Acetabular Cage System, and most recently, the Signature System in which patient-specific custom guides for performing primary knee arthroplasty are generated from MRI or CT data.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has been an oral examiner since 1997. His many professional memberships include The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), The Hip Society, The Knee Society, The International Society of the Knee, The American Orthopaedic Association, The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Orthopaedic and Research Education Foundation, and the Japanese Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Lombardi served as President of The Hip Society and Chair, Subcommittee on Adult Reconstruction Hip for the AAOS in 2011. He is currently a Vice President of The Knee Society.

His special interests include less-invasive total knee and total hip arthroplasty, minimally invasive partial knee replacement, complex reconstruction, and rapid rehabilitation protocols for faster recovery after surgery.

Henrik MalchauHenrik Malchau

Dr. Henrik Malchau has been an attending surgeon at the Mass General Department of Orthopaedics and Co-Director of the Harris Orthopaedic Lab since 2004. His clinical and research interest is focused on documentation of primary and revision hip replacements.

Dr. Malchau has been an active clinician for years, and during the past 21 years he has performed numerous primary and revision hip arthroplasties. He has focused on hip arthroplasty in his postgraduate teaching activities and traveled internationally to share these observations with the orthopedic community. He has tutored several Ph.D. students with the intention of continuing these extremely important educational activities.

Orhun MoratogluOrhun Muratoglu

Dr. Orhun K. Muratoglu joined the Harris Orthopedic Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1995. He has been the co-director of the lab since 2004. Dr. Muratoglu is an Alan Gerry Scholar at Mass General and Professor at Harvard Medical School.

His research interests are primarily in the area of understanding the failure mechanisms of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) and developing technologies to address these failure modes. He is also engaged in developing treatment modalities for early stage osteoarthritis in the form of cartilage repair and/or replacement.

Ammanuel ThienpontEmmanuel Thienpont

Ronald van HeerwaardenRonald van Heerwaarden

Ronald van Heerwaarden headed the Limb Reconstruction Center and the Limb Deformity Reconstruction Units of the Sint MaartensClinics in the Netherlands for the past 13 years. He has been working as a consultant for osteotomies in the International Knee and joint Centre in Abu Dhabi since 2015 and as per May first of 2016 he will start the Centre for Limb Deformity Correction and Joint Preserving Surgery in Mill, the Netherlands. He was appointed Chairman of the ESSKA Osteotomy Committee in February 2016.

In the past decade, until August 2014, he was a member of the AO Knee expert group which is responsible for development of new osteotomy techniques, osteotomy instruments (e.g. sawguides) and the TomoFix plates. He has performed research projects on conservative treatments of monocompartmental OA and surgical treatments with osteotomies.

In the last years he was a co-editor with Rene Marti on the book Osteotomies for Posttraumatic Deformities and a co-editor of the book Osteotomies around the knee together with Philipp Lobenhoffer, Alex Staubli and Roland Jakob as well as a co-editor for a German book on osteotomies around the knee which was published in a second edition in 2014. For these books he produced 17 chapters and 9 case presentations. He was a co-editor of the KSSTA januari 2013 special issue on Osteotomies around the Knee. Starting from 2004 he has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles on deformity analysis, osteotomies around the knees and joint preservation surgery. He has been an invited speaker at osteotomy meetings all over the world.

Bill WaterBill Walter

Professor Walter employs a variety of techniques to optimize patient outcomes including computer navigation, minimally invasive surgery, locally targeted pain control, early mobilization and rapid recovery.

Professor Walter’s research is published in peer reviewed international arthroplasty journals; he is often invited to present his findings international scientific orthopaedic conferences as a member of faculty and as a member of the expert panel.

He is appointed as Associate Professor at the University of NSW and University of Notre Dame and currently supervises 2 PhD students, a Masters student and medical students. In 2012 Professor Walter was the President International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty and hosted the annual meeting in Sydney where over 500 scientific papers were presented, on topics such as robotics and technology in Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as Chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mater Hospital from 2011 to 2014. Professor Walter has been elected to become President of the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers in 2016. He will host this prestigious international meeting in Sydney in 2017. Professor Walter is a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

2016 National Faculty:

Tim BriggsTim Briggs

Professor Briggs is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust and was also Medical Director until May 2012. He was Medical Director for 15 years and instrumental in achieving a rebuild of the hospital after 30 years of uncertainty. He qualified in 1982 obtaining Honours in Surgery and a number of prizes. He was appointed at the RNOH as a Consultant in 1992. He runs the postgraduate orthopaedic training programme where up to 20% of future orthopaedic surgeons in the UK are trained. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Arthroplasty and a member of Council of the BOA.

His special interests are reconstruction of the lower limb, as well as sports injuries of the knee and orthopaedic oncology. He has a special interest in autologous chondrocyte transplantation around the knee and is one of the clinical leaders in this field in the U.K. He has an interest in sports injuries and was previously one of the surgeons for the Arsenal men’s and Arsenal lady’s football clubs. He has a strong academic interest and publishes widely.

He is a Past President of the British Orthopaedic Association, Chairman of the Federation of Specialist Hospitals and Chairman of the National Clinical Reference Group for Specialist Orthopaedics. He is currently National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency.

Richard FieldRichard Field

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, St George’s University of London
Director of Research, South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust.

Richard Field qualified from the Westminster Hospital in 1980. After junior hospital posts in London, he completed a PhD in Cambridge; where he became a junior Fellow of Magdalene College. His specialist Orthopaedic training was undertaken in London, Cambridge and Melbourne.

In 1994 Richard was appointed as a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, with a special interest in hips, at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton. In his early years at St Helier, he introduced hip arthroscopy, hip preserving surgical procedures and many innovations in hip replacement surgery. He also established a research department and outcome programme. Since 2004, this research team has worked at both St Helier and the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (the EOC) to develop a world renowned research programme with many national and international collaborations. In 2013 he was awarded a personal Chair at St George’s, University of London in recognition of his work at St Helier and the EOC.

Prof Field lectures widely and is a regular invited faculty member at many national and international Orthopaedic meetings and is a member of the Council of the British Hip Society and the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy. He continues to supervise MD(Res) and PhD students and has regular UK and overseas visiting Fellows in his team.

Besides being a pioneer of hip arthroscopy in the UK, Prof Field is one of the UK’s most experienced hip resurfacing surgeons and continues to undertake this procedure on active young men. Since 2008, Prof Field has regularly used the muscle sparing, direct anterior approach for his routine hip replacement surgery and is a regular faculty member on national and international training courses for surgeons learning this technique. In 2011, Prof Field undertook the world’s first GMK Sphere knee replacement and has been one of the key surgeons in the development of this new generation of knee replacement. Prof Field remains keen to involve as many of his patients, as possible, in long term outcome studies to properly monitor their progress and better understand the results of our surgery.

Fares HaddadFares Haddad

Professor Fares Haddad is a Hip and Knee Reconstructive Orthopaedic at University College London Hospitals. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Divisional Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties at UCLH, and Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) at University College London.

He graduated from the University College London Hospitals with a First Class BSc and MB BS. His basic training in hip and knee surgery and reconstruction started in London on the St Bartholomew's, Royal Free and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotations and was subsequently enhanced by fellowship training in the United States and Canada including a year in Vancouver. He has been awarded an MD (Res) for his thesis on periprosthetic fractures. He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards. He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005.

Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include joint preservation after trauma and sports injuries, bearing surfaces, implant fixation, periprosthetic infection and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision surgery. His broader work also encompasses strategies to preserve and regain musculoskeletal health; he led the musculoskeletal team at the London Olympics 2012, was instrumental in setting up the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine and has recently been awarded International Olympic Committee Centre of Excellence status at ISEH.

He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip, knee and sports surgery and continues to lead a clinical research group with interests in joint preservation after injury, the genetic influences on bone and tendon, prosthetic design and performance and in particular outcomes measurement after hip / knee injury, degeneration and surgery. He is Editor in Chief of the Bone and Joint Journal, and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Arthroplasty, Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and Hospital Medicine.

Alister HartAlister Hart

Professor Alister Hart is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hip and knee problems, and director of research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust in Stanmore, London, UK. He holds the chair of academic clinical orthopaedics at University College London (UCL).

He studied medicine at Caius College, Cambridge University (q 1994), completed basic surgical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and then 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.

He has performed more than 3000 operations including 1000 primary or revision hip and knee replacements. He has reviewed for 8 journals and 4 grant awarding bodies. He has given invited lectures in the USA, Canada, Japan, Egypt, Dubai, Finland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Poland. He won international competitions to run the global implant retrieval programs for Johnson and Johnson in 2011 and Stryker in 2014. He has won awards from the British Hip Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Radiological Society of North America and University College London. His “Hip Detectives” work was featured by the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, The Diamond Light Source and the BBC.

Jonathan JeffersJonathan Jeffers

Jonathan Jeffers is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. His research interest is using new materials and manufacturing methods to create new treatment paradigms in orthopaedics, and investigating biomechanics of the hip joint to improve joint preserving and joint replacement surgery. Prior to joining Imperial, Jonathan had an industry career at Finsbury Orthopaedics where he led the firm’s DeltaSurf ceramic hip resurfacing to successful CE marking.

Jonathan studied Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and received his PhD from the University of Southampton. He was awarded a fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2013, is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), is a board member of the Medical Engineering section of the IMechE and was recently invited to sit on the Research Sub-committee Expert Panel of the NJR.

Andrew ManktelowAndrew Manktelow

Mr Andrew Manktelow went to medical school in London. His subsequent orthopaedic training was at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He completed his training as the Lecturer in the Academic Department of Orthopaedics at University College, London, working for Professor George Bentley.

Mr Manktelow spent a year working as a clinical fellow at Harvard University at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During that time his work was centred around primary and revision arthroplasty. It was in America that he developed a specific interest in hip arthroplasty and hip revision surgery.

In 1999, he was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham with a specialist interest in hip and knee surgery.

Mr Manktelow performs a large number of hip and knee replacements per year. He uses various fixation methods and different bearing surfaces in hip surgery depending on patients’ activity requirements. He has been trained in and uses minimally invasive techniques. In addition he has a hip resurfacing practice in Nottingham using the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.

Mr Manktelow has been invited to perform live demonstration surgery in the United Kingdom, in Europe and elsewhere on a regular basis.

Mr Manktelow has a large revision hip arthroplasty practice. In addition, more recently, he has developed his interests in soft tissue and sports problems around the hip, including hip arthroscopy.

Mr Manktelow is active in hip surgery training and runs a number of different courses surrounding primary and hip revision surgery every year in Nottingham. The courses in Nottingham are attended by surgeons from throughout the UK and abroad. Similarly, he has run hip surgery courses in other parts of the world, notably Europe and Africa and, most recently, Australia. Mr Manktelow has been a guest speaker at the Indian Hip and Knee Society in Calcutta where he gave instructional lectures surrounding primary and hip revision surgery.

Sarah Muirhead-AllwoodSarah Muirhead-Allwood

Sarah Muirhead-Allwood qualified in medicine from St Thomas' Hospital in London. Her postgraduate surgical and orthopaedic training were at St Thomas' Hospital, University College Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. She was appointed as a Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in London and the Royal Northern Hospital in 1984. The same year she was also appointed as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University College London. In 1991 she was appointed as a Consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where she remains an honorary consultant.

Although Miss Muirhead-Allwood was initially appointed as a general orthopaedic surgeon at the Whittington Hospital, she soon specialised in hip surgery. For the last fifteen years Miss Muirhead-Allwood has exclusively performed primary and revision hip surgery, and lectures on these procedures all over the world. She is a member of the British, European and International Hip Societies.

Miss Muirhead-Allwood set up the London Hip Unit in 2002 to provide a fully supported specialised service for adults with hip problems.

Dinesh NathwaniDinesh Nathwani

Mr Dinesh Nathwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust). He is part of the Precision Surgery Group and treats patients privately at the Princess Grace Hospital, The London Clinic and the BUPA Cromwell Hospital. He has been a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2004 and he is a Member of the Orthoplastic Trauma Reconstruction referral service (primary and tertiary) at Charing Cross Hospital. He completed a Computer Assisted Surgery Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia and a Knee Ligament Reconstruction Fellowship in Sydney, Australia in 2005.

Mr Nathwani has pioneered the use of navigation techniques and implant design for partial and total knee replacements in the UK and is a Faculty Member of CAOS UK (computer assisted orthopaedic surgery), a Member of the British Association of Surgeons of the Knee; one of the co-founders of Precision Surgery; a member of the British Orthopaedic Association and a Member of the 2020 Knee Group.

Charles RiviereCharles Riviere

Charles Riviere is a Consultant Orthopeadic Surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital Imperial College London NHS Trust, specialising in hip and knee reconstruction. He holds a Honorary Senior Lecturer position at Imperial College London and is part of the French Hip and Knee Society, and Vice President of the General Assembly of the Federation of Orthopaedic Trainees in Europe.

He graduated from Bordeaux University, France, in 2004 and completed a 3 year senior clinical fellowship focusing on joint reconstruction at the London Hip Unit, and Maisoneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal Canada.

in 2013 he became a Consultant at Bordeaux Academic Hospital, France. In 2015 he was given the opportunity to move to London and be part of the Musculo Skeletal Laboratory (MSK Lab) alongside Professor Justin Cobb. His elective practice is exclusively focused on Hip & Knee reconstruction, either primary or revision. His work in joint reconstruction as well as his research projects are mainly oriented towards joint replacement techniques aiming at patient specific implant positioning (spine-hip relations guiding the cup positioning & kinematic alignment technique for total knee arthroplasty) and the development of intraoperative enhancing (augmented reality) and quality control tools for implant positioning.

In his spare time he enjoys snow skiing, kite surfing and playing golf.

Gareth ScottGareth Scott

Prof. Scott qualified in 1979 obtaining MBBS at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (now part of University College), University of London. In 1985 he obtained FRCS Edinburgh and subsequently England. His higher professional training was based at the Royal London Hospital, with placements at the Professorial Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and at the Regional Orthopaedic Centre, Black Notley.

He was made an Honorary Academic Associate of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials in 1995, where he collaborated in both undergraduate and post-graduate research and education. In addition, he held an Honorary Senior Lectureship in the Bone and Joint Research Unit, at the Medical School, working in conjunction with rheumatology colleagues delivering the undergraduate curriculum and participating in research. In 2001 he was appointed as a Recognised Teacher of the University.

In 2003 Prof. Scott was recruited at the inception of the National Joint Registry to serve as a Regional Clinical Co-ordinator for London. In 2002 he became a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arthroplasty and also the Editorial Society of the Bone and Joint Surgery. In 2005 he was promoted to the post of Associate Editor in what is now known as the Bone and Joint Journal.

Throughout his career he has accepted his professional responsibility to contribute his accumulated knowledge to the scientific literature. He has now contributed to approximately 60 scientific papers and five book chapters. Additionally his involvement in academic work has provided a great advantage in understanding the needs of patients with complex conditions.

Since the commencement of the National Joint Registry in 2003 he has performed over 1700 hip and knee replacement or revision operations. In 2014 he undertook 149 total knee replacements, 128 total hip replacements, 26 knee revisions and 87 hip revisions.

Ronan TreacyRonan Treacy

Ronan Treacy became a consultant at the famous Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in 1994 specialising in hip replacement surgery.

He is especially well known for his pioneering work with Mr Derek McMinn when they developed, what is known as the "Birmingham Hip Replacement" which transformed the hip replacement procedure.

Born into a medical family he qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1983, he now performs hundreds of hip resurfacings per year, in addition to other hip and knee procedures.

Mr Treacy’s international practice and his presence on the world lecture circuit enable him to discuss his vast experience in the treatment of the ‘active patient’ population. He also has a particular interest in young adults suffering from hip problems.

In 2008, he was recognised by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for his outstanding contribution to Orthopaedics in the city. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham and in 2013 was elected as Staff Governor to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust.

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Johan WittJohan Witt

Johan Witt is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon specialising in Hip and Pelvic Surgery. Since 1995 he has been a Consultant at University College Hospitals, London. Prior to that he trained mainly in London, and gained specialist training in Boston, USA (1989), Sydney, Australia (1993) and Bern, Switzerland (1994). He has developed a specialised practice in hip and pelvic surgery involving all aspects of joint replacement surgery, including resurfacing, as well as procedures to preserve the hip joint and delay the onset of arthritis. He has a specific interest in young athletic patients with hip problems encompassing developmental abnormalities requiring osteotomies around the hip and arthroscopic procedures to deal with sports related injuries. He has considerable experience in primary and revision hip replacement in young patients built up on a practice of looking after children and adolescents with inflammatory arthritis within a specialist unit.


Justin CobbJustin Cobb

Professor Cobb studied medicine at Magdalen College Oxford, graduating in 1982. He trained in Oxford, London and Brighton. He wrote his master’s thesis on ‘Prognostic factors in operable osteosarcoma’. In 1991 he was appointed consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The Middlesex. He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in 1992. After 15 years as a consultant at UCLH and Hon Sen Lect at UCL, he joined Imperial as chair of orthopaedics in 2005. In 1992 the special trustees of The Middlesex, awared his first grant, which led to the development, with Brian Davies, of Acrobot, the worlds first haptic based robotic assistant, which is now being sold in the USA by Stanmore Implants.

Close links exist between the MSk Lab on the Charing Cross Campus, and the Engineers in South Kensington, which resulted in the OsteoArthritis Centre, funded by an £11m grant from the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC. The patient base at Charing Cross make an ideal conduit for combined projects with investigators across college, including Andrew Amis in Mechanical Engineering, Anthony Bull in Biomedical Engineering, Molly Stevens in Material Science, Philippa Cann in Tribology, and Andrew Phillips in Civil Engineering. These collaborations have lead to the current MSk Lab team. Together with Alison McGregor, he leads a group of more than 25 surgeons, physios, scientists and engineers who work on the same floor as the orthopaedic inpatient ward, translating their benchtop findings straight to the bedside and operating theatre of patients with musculoskeletal problems.

Recently these projects merged in the salvage of injured soldiers. In a world first, the combination of 3D planning, 3D printing and robotics enabled precise minimally invasive joint salvage surgery ( This world is in collaboration with the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.

The MSk Lab is funded in part by research councils such as the EPSRC, and substantial charitable trusts such as the Wellcome Trust, ORUK, and the Michael Uren Foundation, but also by donations from patients who also come to the lab to allow us to measure their gait as part of a large study of gait and its relationship to joint health and disease.

Andrew ShimminAndrew Shimmin

Prof. Andrew Shimmin is a Graduate of the Australian Orthopaedic Association Training Program and he furthered his Orthopaedic education in the USA, United Kingdom and Europe. In 1997 he became a Member of the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group as a Specialist Hip and Knee Surgeon.

He is currently a Director of their Research Foundation. A/Prof. Shimmin has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures with special expertise in hip and knee joint replacement and arthroscopy, and reconstruction of the injured athlete’s knee. He has given over 200 presentations at National and International Orthopaedic conferences (see link) and has over 30 publications in major Orthopaedic Journals and book chapters.

He is the immediate past President of the Australian ArthroplastySociety (Joint Replacement Surgeons), is a member of the Australian Knee Society and is one of two Australian members of the International Hip Society.

A/Prof. Shimmin is part of design teams for several joint replacement implants used throughout the world and is involved in research around optimisation of implant positioning in joint replacement surgery. He is an Advisor to the Australian Government (Department of Health) on the safety and efficacy of medical devices.

He is a keen sportsman having had an Association of Tennis Professionals world ranking, played A-Grade amateur football and competed in Veteran’s athletic events. Currently, he remains a golfing tragic.



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