Who am I?
I am in active NHS clinical practice employed as a full time Consultant Spine Surgeon since 2010 at the
Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, Salford Royal NHS Trust; the largest and busiest centre for spine surgery in England. My practice is the operative and non-operative management of conditions affecting the spine, from the neck to low back, including degenerative disease, tumour, trauma and deformity. My practice includes elective and emergency work; I regularly assess and operate on patients referred from across the Greater Manchester region with suspected cauda equina syndrome, cord compression and traumatic injury to the spine. I have a keen academic interest, having published 38 peer reviewed papers and with over 950 citations; I have a particular interest in the assessment and diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and outcomes of spine surgery. I have extensive medicolegal experience having produced over four thousand expert witness reports for the Courts over the last ten years.
I perform approximately 1,400 consultations a year in the NHS and private sector. I carry out approximately 150 surgical operations a year for the range of spinal disorders including degenerative disease, deformity, tumours and trauma affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine. The majority of my clinical work involves the management of complex spinal conditions such as adult deformity and revision surgery.
I have worked as an expert witness since 2012. My expert witness work includes advising solicitors, insurers and counsel in all aspects of causation, condition and prognosis in relation to spine conditions, injuries and their treatment. I have experience in preparing medical reports, conferences with counsel and have given evidence in court. My work includes advising on personal injury, work related injury and medical negligence.
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