I am a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. The ‘trauma’ part of my position refers to emergency surgery to fix fractured bones. This happens exclusively in Craigavon Area Hospital where I am part of a team of twelve consultants covering the Southern Health Trust. The ‘orthopaedic’ part of my position refers to planned operations, and in my case, I focus primarily on hip replacements, knee replacements, and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. I perform these operations both at Craigavon Area Hospital and in Kingsbridge private hospital, Belfast.
I am originally from Newry, Northern Ireland. I attended medical school in Dublin and subsequently, achieved entry into the Irish post-graduate surgical training scheme. This was an apprenticeship-style training spanning twelve years. After my final examinations (FRCS in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery) I embarked upon two and a half years of subspecialty training in hip replacement and knee replacement. The first 18 months of this was in Belfast with Professor David Beverland, a world-leader in his field, with whom I learned the skills of efficiency, fluency and objective measurement of outcomes. My final year was then spent in North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand where I worked in computer-assisted surgery. I returned to Northern Ireland in February 2018 and took up a post in Craigavon Area Hospital.
I am a strong advocate of improving patient outcomes through audit and research. During my training I completed a Masters in Surgery (MCh) and I continue to publish in peer-reviewed journals, with 25 publications to date. I am a trustee of the Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART).
I am registered with the following insurers: Vitality, H3, Aviva, and BUPA. Self-payers are also welcome.