Britspine 2018


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Ken Cheung

Kenneth M.C. Cheung is the Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, and is a well-recognized leader in the field of Spinal Surgery and research globally.

His research interests are in the genetics of intervertebral disc degeneration and scoliosis, stem cell regeneration of the disc, and the development of novel surgical technologies for the treatment of spinal deformities. He has been invited as visiting professor and speaker on multiple occasions to international meetings.

He has published 14 book chapters and 280 publications in top scientific and spine journals. His work has been cited more than 4065 times around the world.

He is the past President of the Scoliosis Research Society, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dan Resnick
Dr. Resnick is currently professor and vice chair of neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin. A native of Philadelphia, he is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh under Drs. Jannetta and Lunsford and did a rotation in New Mexico with Dr. Ed Benzel. He is past chair of the AANS/CNS Spine Section, Past President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and current President of NASS.
Todd Wetzel
Dr. Wetzel is the Chief of the Department of Orthopedic surgery and Director of Orthopedic Services for the Bassett Healthcare Network, based in Cooperstown New York. Prior to that, he held professorships at the University of Chicago and Temple University in Orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and Anesthesiology. He was awarded the Henry Farfan Award by the North American spine Society (NASS) in 2002 for achievement in the fields of biomechanics, and nonoperative care. He is also the immediate Past President of NASS. Dr. Wetzel is the author of over 300 peer reviewed publications, textbooks and presentations. His current research interests include Precision medicine, Psychologically Informed Practice, the delivery of healthcare to rural populations and interventional chronic pain.
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Frances Arnall
Lecturer University of Salford & Consultant Physiotherapist. In my current role at University of Salford I have developed & delivered modules within the MSc Trauma & Orthopaedics programme and am actively involved in the Health Sciences research group. Since qualification from The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic School of Physiotherapy, I have worked clinically in both the NHS & Private sector & completed an MPhil at University of Manchester. For the last 4 years I have been the Honorary Education Officer for the Advanced Physiotherapy Professional Network and more recently for the National Backpain Pathway Clinical Network.
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David Bell
David was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon with an interest in complex spine surgeon at Kings College Hospital in 2008
His elective practice is centred on degenerative cervical and lumbar disease. He has a specialist interest in thoracic disc surgery.
He is the SE London and Kent Regional Lead for spinal trauma and Malignant Spinal Cord Compression. Since 2016 he has been the clinical co-lead for SE London and Kent Spinal network.
David has been a member of the BASS Executive since 2016. Since 2017 he has shared clinical leadership of the British Spinal Registry along with Mike Hutton.
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Nick Birch
Nick has been a spinal clinician for 26 years, formerly as a spinal surgeon and latterly as a rehabilitation specialist. He is the Associate Editor (Spine) for the Bone and Joint Journal and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the European Spine Journal. He is the honorary treasurer of the UK Spine Societies Board (UKSSB) and the Society for Back Pain Research. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic spinal pain, the management of patients with neurological impairment resulting from spinal pathology, spinal osteoporosis and adult spinal deformity. Current research interests include the investigation of the neurobiopsychosocial basis of spinal pain and the use of robotic exoskeletons for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He is based at the Chris Moody Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Centre in Moulton, Northamptonshire where he works closely with a multidisciplinary team of professional therapists to deliver comprehensive care to patients referred to his clinic.
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Tim Briggs
Professor Briggs qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1982 with honors in surgery and a number of prizes. After his senior registrar training he was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as Consultant in 1992. His specialist interests are in orthopaedic oncology as well as surgery to the hip and knee. He was Medical Director at the RNOH for 15 years, ensuring a re-build and was President of the British Orthopaedic Association in 2014. He was appointed as National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency for the NHS in September 2015 and has been asked to lead and roll out his GIRFT methodology, developed in orthopaedics, across all surgical and medical specialties within the provider network.
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Elaine Buchanan
Elaine is the Consultant Physiotherapist in the Oxford Spinal Surgery Unit, Chair of the National Backpain-Clinical Network, and the AHP clinical champion for the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project Board. She is an active member and immediate past secretary of the Society for Back Pain Research. She is the editor for the National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway and section editor for the International Society of the Study of the Lumbar Spine textbook. In the past she was a member of the NICE guideline development group for CG88 in 2009. She has previously sat on the; NHS England Pathfinder Project, Specialist Commissioning Spinal Clinical Reference Group, Department for Health Spinal Task Force and the 18 Week Back Pain Commissioning Pathway group.
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Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole has been a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Sheffield Children’s and Northern General Hospitals in Sheffield since 2003. Whilst on the BASS Executive between 2010 and launch in 2012, he co-developed the British Spine Registry. He is Chair of a BOA group developing the newer Orthopaedic Registries. He remains the Spinal Chair of the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group advising the NHS on spinal coding, healthcare resource groups and tariff. After being a member of the last Spinal Taskforce, he became Chair of the Complex Spinal Surgery Clinical Reference Group advising NHS England on commissioning specialised spinal surgery and is now Chair of the newly formed Spinal Services CRG. He is currently Clinical Lead for the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project to implement the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway and introduce Regional Spinal Networks. He is on the Executive Committee of the UKSSB. 

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Catherine Coyle
Consultant clinical oncologist at the Christie Hospital Manchester. Dr Coyle has trained in clinical oncology in Manchester and Leeds and been a consultant for the past 20 years on both sides of the Pennines. She has seen external beam radiotherapy move from 2D to the current established advanced radiation techniques and is now involved in developing the UK proton beam therapy pathway for adult and TYA sarcomas.
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Robert Dickson
Robert (Bob) Dickson qualified from Edinburgh University in 1967 and trained in orthopaedic surgery in Oxford. In 1975 he spent a sabbatical year with the great Dr Kenton Leatherman in Louisville, Kentucky. He returned to Oxford as consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre where he wrote with Leatherman a textbook on the Management of Spinal Deformities. In 1981 having declined the offer of the Chair in Hong Kong he accepted the Foundation Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery in Leeds. A revision and update of the Leatherman-Dickson book with his great friend Juergen Harms has just been published.
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Niall Eames
Niall Eames is an orthopaedic spine surgeon, being Clinical Director of Orthopaedics and Spinal surgery in Belfast. He is Education Lead for the UKSSB and sits on the BOAs Education Committee. Niall also sits on the British Scoliosis Society Executive and is a member of the BASS Education committee. He has been leading on the Spinal Training Interface Group on behalf of the combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spinal societies over the last 3 years and has recently been appointed as the first Chairman of the newly formed Spinal Training Interface Group Committee.
His practice covers all aspects of spinal surgery. He is an examiner for the JCIE in Trauma & Orthopaedics.
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Paul Emery

Paul Emery is the Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, University of Leeds, and Director of the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, UK.

Professor Emery held the position of President of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) from 2009 to 2011. He is chair of the executive committee of FOREUM the European Research Foundation. He has served on the editorial boards of all the major rheumatology journals. He was inaugural President of the International Society of Extremity MRI in Rheumatology (ISEMIR). He has been a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator since 2008. Professor Emery is a recipient of the Roche Biennial Award for Clinical Rheumatology; the Rheumatology Hospital Doctor of the Year Award for 1999; and EULAR prize for outstanding contribution to rheumatology research for 2002. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Carol Nachman Prize.

Professor Emery’s research interests centre around the immunopathogenesis and immunotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic disease and connective tissue diseases. He has a special interest in the factors leading to persistent inflammation. He has published >1000 peer-reviewed articles in this area and has an h-factor of >100.

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Matthew Graham
Matt read Natural Sciences (Physics) at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was commissioned into the Royal Signals and spent 16 years in the army, serving on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and in the Ministry of Defence.

Matt left the army in 2008 to join UBS Investment Bank, but after a year in the South East he moved back to Yorkshire and joined the NHS. After roles with South Tees Hospitals NHS FT and NHS England, he became Strategy Director at University Hospital South Manchester in early 2015, leading on GM Devolution and, later, the merger with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT.

In July 2017 Matt was appointed as Programme Director for the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts.
Sue Greenhalgh
Sue has been a Consultant Physiotherapist in Bolton for 15 years working in an Orthopaedic Interface service in a primary care setting. She was the first Consultant Physiotherapist in the North West and the fifth in the country. Sue is a non-medical prescriber and her special area of interest is complex spinal conditions. In 2008 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and in 2012 a PhD for strengthening physiotherapy practice in relation to early identification of serious spinal conditions. In 2012 she was the clinical lead for a qualitative research study investigating patient’s experience of cauda equina syndrome and in 2018 became a Clinical Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research into Red Flags and serious pathology of the spine has culminated in a number of publications, including two books and videos aimed at clinicians in a primary care setting. This work has been identified as having an influence on practice worldwide. Sue is currently involved in an international study investigating Red Flags relating to specific serious pathologies with the intention of a exploring a clinical framework to aid clinical reasoning.
Michael Grevitt
Mike Grevitt is a consultant spinal surgeon at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. He was appointed in 1998, and has served on national and international boards and committees that include NICE interventional guidelines, NHS coding and CRG Specialised Spinal Surgery, British Scoliosis Society, medical advisory boards Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson, Silony Medical, European Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He has and remains actively involved in AOSpine and was the inaugural chair of the global AOSpine Community Development commission and is the immediate past chair of AOSpine Education commission. His interests include paediatric scoliosis surgery, outcomes assessment and surgeon education.
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Mike Hutton

Mike was appointed as a Consultant Spine Surgeon at The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, United Kingdom in 2007. Mike has a wide practice in spine surgery undertaking complex spine procedures in all areas of the spine with varied pathological conditions including paediatric and adult spine deformity. His unit runs the popular international meetings Dilemmas in Deformity and The Sporting Spine.

Mike has been an elected member of the executive council of the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) since 2012. He has developed the British Spine Registry which has become a national tool for collecting patient outcome measures in the United Kingdom and boasts 100,000 patients contributing to it.

Mike was appointed as the National Clinical Spine Lead for the Department of Health NHS Improvement Programme. This National Audit, the ‘Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)’ project involved Mike visiting 125 units in England with unique comparative datasets and a national report out soon aiming to improve the care of patients with spinal problems in England. 

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David Jaffray

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire.  He has worked in Oswestry for over a quarter of a century as a Consultant in Spinal Disorders.

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Hossein Mehdian

Mr Mehdian is an Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon who specialises in complex reconstructive spinal deformity surgery in children and adults. Mr Mehdian has presented 160 papers in national and international meetings and published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has written instructional chapters in international textbooks. He is an active member of a number of International spine societies. His surgical work on complex spinal operations can be viewed in the Open Operating Theatre www.oot/esj as model examples for training spinal surgeons. Mr Mehdian has been involved in the design and development of a number of spinal instrumentation systems and pioneered techniques for correction of cervical and lumbar kyphotic deformities He has international roles with the (SRS) including former chair of the SRS GOP Committee, PE Committee. With the European Spine Society he is the chair of Pre-Day and Lunch Symposia Committee He is a visiting Professor to several centres of spinal surgery across the world. 

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Tim Pigott

Tim Pigott has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre, Liverpool for the past 24 years. He has a special interest in the management of intradural tumours, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and cervical degenerative disease. His research interest is centred on PROMS in spinal surgical practice.

He has been on council of SBNS, BASS and is Vice-President of Eurospine. He was a member of the Spinal Taskforce and the Complex Spine CRG.

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Linda Pollard

Linda is the Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country treating more than 1.5 million patients each year with a budget of £1.1 billion.Linda has previously held posts as Chairman of both NHS commissioning and provider organisations across West Yorkshire an also as Pro Chancellor and Chair of the University of Leeds and Regional Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council.She is a former member of the Board of Welcome to Yorkshire and former Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Forward.Linda is passionate about increasing the participation of women on Boards and in senior leadership roles, across all sectors.

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Lisa Roberts

Lisa is a clinical academic in Southampton.  After qualifying from St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, she worked clinically and gained her PhD from the University of Southampton.  She is an associate professor, with over £6m research grants and a National Institute for Health Research senior clinical lectureship.  As a consultant physiotherapist, Lisa leads the clinical effectiveness agenda for 7 professions at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.  She is the immediate past president of the Society for Back Pain Research, is a member of Eurospine Spine Societies Advisory Board; the Eurospine Membership Committee; and the Task force for EDISC (the new inter-professional spine diploma).  

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Martin Underwood

Martin Underwood’s has worked as a general practitioner in Lusaka, Manchester, Tower Hamlets and latterly Coventry.  He has a substantial track record of community based research into chronic painful disorders including low back pain.  This includes a number of landmark large randomised controlled trials (BEAM, TOIB, BeST, MINT, COPERs…),.  He is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and has recently completed a term as Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit.  On behalf of National Institute of Health and Social Care (NICE) he has chaired Guideline Development Groups and the Accreditation Advisory Committee.  

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Nick van As
Dr Nicholas van As is Medical Director of The Royal Marsden. He has been a Consultant Clinical Oncologist in the Urology Unit in the hospital since September 2004, and has also recently been appointed Associate Honorary Faculty and Team Leader at The Institute of Cancer Research.
Dr van As qualified in medicine in South Africa, and completed specialist training in clinical oncology at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, The Royal Marsden, and The Institute of Cancer Research. Dr van As is clinical lead for stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and CyberKnife. He is also Chair of the UK SBRT Consortium and national clinical lead for NHS England's Commissioning through Evaluation Programme for SBRT.
Dr van As is the chief investigator for the PACE trial, an international, randomized, controlled trial comparing SBRT to image-guided radiotherapy and surgery for treating prostate cancer. Dr van As' main research interests are in stereotactic and image-guided radiotherapy, risk prediction in early prostate cancer, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. He has published numerous papers on these subjects and delivered presentations at international meetings.
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James Wilson Macdonald
James Wilson-MacDonald is an orthopaedic spinal surgeon working in Oxford.

He qualified at Bristol University and undertook a higher degree (MCh) in 1990 on bone growth and remodeling. He trained in New Zealand, France, America, Switzerland and the UK.

His main interests include the treatment of scoliosis in children, the management of back pain, spinal trauma, spinal infection and medico-legal issues. He is involved in the development of new treatments for scoliosis in children.

He is senior editor of the Trauma section of the Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals on a wide variety of spinal disorders, and has written a number of book chapters.

He has been an assessor for the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Surgeons. He provides orthopaedic advice to British Rowing.
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Ian Winson

Consultant In Orthopaedics And Trauma, Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital , Bristol and Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic Spire Hospital, Bristol. Qualified from Sheffield University in 1978 and Accredited as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1989. Clinical Interests in all aspects of Foot and Ankle Surgery, particularly Ankle Arthritis and Trauma. Research Interests Over 60 papers largely covering all aspects of Foot and Ankle care and including basic science studies particularly on the Kinematics of the Ankle and Foot.






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Julie Woodfield
Julie Woodfield is a neurosurgery specialty trainee in Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and worked in Southampton, Auckland, and Oxford before taking up a neurosurgery training position in Scotland in 2012. She is currently submitting her PhD thesis on structural MRI network analysis in paediatric epilepsy surgery. Julie is a committee member of the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative and is jointly leading the Understanding Cauda Equina Syndrome Study, a prospective observational study of the presentation, investigation, management, and outcomes of patients with cauda equina syndrome.
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Paula Wray

Everyone has an experience to share and my wish is to support people to recognise the value of these experiences and not only communicate them but also to value the knowledge of those around them.  I work with members of the public, researchers and staff to provide confidence and guidance in enabling multiple perspectives shape a project, team, activity or organisation.  I am currently a Senior Public Involvement Manager at INVOLVE, leading on Diversity and Inclusion and the development of National Standards for Public Involvement.  I have a neuroscience PhD and previously I held public involvement leadership roles in the voluntary sector and with the National Institute of Health Research Collaboration in Applied Health Research and Care and Research Design Service in the East Midlands.  I have built comprehensive networks both nationally and internationally and utilise my own experiences as a researcher, patient and carer to provide leadership, appropriate resources and support for others.

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Michael Wright
Michael Wright trained in paediatrics in Manchester and Newcastle and then in clinical genetics in Newcastle and Baltimore MD USA. He is a paediatric geneticist with a particular interest in healthcare for people with skeletal dysplasias. He has developed a service for children and adults with these conditions in collaboration with colleagues in medical and surgical specialties in Newcastle. He was one of the founding members of the European Skeletal Dysplasia Network and has a research interest in developing therapies for these conditions by repurposing of drugs. He is proud to be the president of the Restricted Growth Association.