Todays Date: Saturday 19th April 2014

Spinal Surgery

Mr Gardner

Mr Gardner trained in Orthopaedics in Birmingham including in the spinal unit at the ROH before becoming the National Spine Fellow in Leeds for 18 months prior to his appointment at ROH. During that time Mr Gardner undertook short fellowships with Professor Lenke in St Louis USA, Dr Jeszenszky in Zurich and Mr Atsirikos in Edinburgh.

Mr Grainger

Mr Grainger is a full-time spinal surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. His practice encompasses a wide range of spinal conditions covering all levels of the spine. He carried out his basic spinal training in the West Midlands which was consolidated by a combined Orthopaedic/Neurosurgical Fellowship in Liverpool. He performs fusion and motion preserving procedures for lumbar and cervial problems, as well as managing as many conditions conservatively as possible.

Mr Grainger isa “black country” lad by birth and has lived around the West Midlands and especially North Worcestershire for the majority of his life. Any spare time he has is left to wife and 3 children and coaching a youth football team, Tae Kwan Do and working with the local scout group.

Mr Mehta

Mr Jwalant Mehta  qualified in 1989 and completed his Orthopaedic training in Mumbai with a Gold medal in D (Orth) and second position in MS (Orth) from Mumbai University in 1992. He was awarded MCh (Orth) in 1998 by the University of Liverpool and FRCS (Tr & Orth) in 2001. He was a Registrar on the South-East Thames Orthopaedic higher surgical programme and a Senior Registrar in the Wales deanery. After accreditation in Trauma & Orthopaedics he undertook two fellowships in spinal surgery, for a year each, at the Bristol and Columbia, Missouri, USA. He was a locum Consultant Spine Surgeon at the Centre for Spinal Disorders and Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham before moving to Swansea to set up a new Spinal Unit. He was a substantive Consultant Spine Surgeon in Swansea from December 2010 – April 2013. He is currently based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital as a Consultant Spine Deformity Surgeon.

He has an an extensive experience in the treatment of spinal deformity in children, teenagers, adults and the elderly populations, as also the treatment of degenerative conditions of the cervical and the lumbar spine and other aspects of spinal surgery ie cement augmentation, minimally invasive surgery, treatment of spinal tumors, trauma and infections. He has treated professional and semi-professional football, cricket and rugby players, and is Spine Consultant with the Swans City FC.

Mr Mehta has published papers, co-authored chapters, presented papers to learned societies and lectured at national and international meetings. Mr Mehta has been on the faculty at national and international meetings. Mr Mehta is very active in clinical academia and research and is currently involved with various clinical and bio-mechanical research projects. He is on the Assistant Editorial Board of European Spine Journal, Reviewer for Spine and on the SRS Grant Review Committee.

He is a member of the BSS (British Scoliosis Society), BASS (British Association of Spinal Surgeons), BOA (British Orthopaedic Association), ASSI (Association of the Spinal Surgeons of India) and is a Candidate Fellow of the SRS (Scoliosis Research Society).

Mr Pitman

Mr Pitman is a full time Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the prestigious Birmingham Spinal Centre at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Having originally trained in Orthopaedics Mr Pitman confines his practice now to 100% Spinal problems and this reflects his NHS practice which is also 100% Spinal problems.

Mr Pitman is a recognised specialist in the management of low back and leg pain from degenerative disc disease. His main specialist interest is the degenerate or worn out disc resulting in back and or leg pain (sciatica). He is able to advise on both non-operative and operative management of spinal problems. He regularly undertakes microsurgical operative techniques on the spine to relieve the pressure caused by “slipped discs”.

Mr Pitman has undertaken a higher degree in Orthopaedic Bioengineering. He is also keenly involved in Education and lectures to other healthcare professionals on Spinal conditions. He also currently holds the post of Director of Education and Training at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mr Spilsbury

Mr Spilsbury studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital in London and qualified in 1987. His first house job, at University College Hospital, included Spinal Surgery and he soon became interested in the spine. His second house job, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, is where he met his wife.

He was an Orthopaedic Registrar rotation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, followed by a Senior Registrar rotation in South Wales. He obtained his Spinal Fellowship between Cardiff and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham followed a European Travelling Deformity Fellowship confirmed special interest in spinal deformity.

Mr Spilsbury was then appointed in 1998 as Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Hope Hospital and Manchester Children’s Hospital. He transferred back to the Midlands in 2002, to take up a similar post at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

He holds the title Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and is a member of the British Scoliosis Society and regularly attends the Scoliosis Research Society meetings as well as other international deformity meetings. Although trained in all aspects of orthopaedics and trauma, I now concentrates on adult and paediatric spinal deformity, as well as covering spinal emergencies including trauma, infection and spinal tumours.

Mr Stirling

After basic surgical training in Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester Mr Stirling was awarded an MRC Research Fellowship in the Department of Spinal Surgery at the University of Leeds he was subsequently Lecturer in Orthopaedics prior to a Surgical Fellowship in Sydney Australia.

Mr Stirling was appointed to Consultancy to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) and General Hospital in 1990. When the General closed in 1995 he moved to full time Spinal Surgery at the ROH. He was responsible for the introduction of Microsurgical decompressive and reconstructive techniques to the hospital and have taught these both nationally and internationally.

He was Clinical Lead for the Department of Spinal Surgery from 1995-2003 whilst this expanded from two to five (now eight) fulltime spinal surgeons.

Mr Stirling is a recognised national authority on the treatment of spinal oncology and was the Lead Clinician for the recently published NICE Guideline on Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression. He was appointed Foundation Tutor in Spinal Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005 and has since introduced courses teaching Spinal Surgery from introductory level to Masterclass level for consultants. 

His principle clinical interests are in the surgical management of all conditions of the thoracolumbar spine. His objectives are to provide an accessible expert service for the threatened cord and to teach a new generation the place of, and how to perform decompressive and reconstructive Spinal Surgery to high level.

External interests include court sports, skiing (both downhill and langlauf), and sailing.

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