This years guest speaker is Trine Hysing-Dahl, from the University of Bergen, Norway, whose research into the effects of patella instability on a patient’s wellbeing is both refreshing and fascinating.
Damian is a knee and trauma surgeon based in Bristol. His work includes patellofemoral surgery and knee ligament reconstructions. He treats knee arthritis and undertake partial and total knee replacements. He also performs arthroscopy, osteotomies and trauma surgery.
He attended secondary school in Bristol before medical school at Kings College London, then trained at the University of Calgary, the University of Swansea and the University of Bristol. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in 2013.
He brings a modern approach to sports injuries and arthritis care. Much of this experience gained from fellowships in Australia, Canada, India and the UK. He has worked with medical teams caring for several professional sports teams in North America and Australia. This included working with American footballers and Australian rugby players.
Jonathan Eldridge joined University Hospitals Bristol and the Avon Orthopaedic Centre as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in February 2002.
During the course of my Orthopaedic training as a University lecturer and specialist registrar in Bristol I gained extensive experience in general orthopaedic surgery, teaching and research. I developed an interest in lower limb surgery, and following a clinical sports knee fellowship with Dr David Wood at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in the Olympic year and a European Travelling Fellowship have continued to develop expertise in specialist surgery of the knee. I have become an internationally renowned knee surgeon through many publications and am regularly invited to teach and lecture both nationally and internationally.
My clinical practice encompasses the entirety of knee surgery with particular expertise in patellofemoral instability, ligament reconstruction, compartmental replacement and joint preservation. The majority of my NHS practice is now tertiary referral.
My research interests include the investigation, diagnosis and management of patellofemoral instability and arthritis, the aetiology of anteromedial osteoarthritis of the knee, biological reconstructive solutions, robotics and kinematic alignment in compartmental and total knee replacement. I have pioneered and developed the indications for and practice of trochleoplasty and medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction in the treatment of patellofemoral instability. I have supervised trainees through doctoral theses into the aetiology of anteromedial osteoarthritis of the knee and the kinematics of the stable and unstable patellofemoral joint.
I have collaborated with world renowned scientists at the University of Bristol to develop novel stem cell therapies to treat meniscal tears, assisted in the development and application of robotic surgery to compartmental replacement and have worked on the design teams for replacement prostheses and instruments.
I am co-convener of the annual Bristol and Oxford unicompartmental knee arthritis symposium and have convened unicompartmental Masters meetings. I have organised multiple international cadaveric early intervention courses and the Bristol cadaveric knee ligament course.
I am a founder member and first president of the British Patellofemoral Society, dedicated to education in best practice and support for new surgeons in the field
Also a member of the BMA, BOA, BASK, EKS and ESSKA
Vipul Mandalia obtained his orthopaedic training with the Wessex Deanery. His fellowship training in knee surgery included leading centres in the UK and the USA (University of Alabama, University of Pittsburgh). Vipul has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital since 2009.
His practice includes all aspects of knee surgery, including tertiary referrals for young knee arthritis, multi-ligament injury, meniscus repair, cartilage and meniscus transplant and complex patellofemoral surgery. He also provides treatment for complex knee trauma and sports knee injury in elite national and international sports persons. He performs partial and total knee replacement and uses advanced technology including robotic assisted knee replacement. He has developed and published surgical techniques on a number of surgical procedures.
Vipul is involved in education at various levels. He has been on the education committee of British Indian orthopaedic society for three years. He is the course convenor for the annual Exeter Knee Masterclass and other European knee courses. He has presented as an invited speaker at various national and international conferences.
As a research lead for the Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit, he coordinates research projects in the department and has been a principle / chief investigator of various research projects. He is involved in multicentre international trials including that of cartilage transplantation. His research area not only includes the clinical outcomes of various surgical treatments but also the cellular and molecular effect of various treatment modalities on the knee joint and biomechanics of fixation devices. With his strong research background, he has authored a large number (over 50) of peer review publications, review articles and a book chapter.
Andy Metcalfe is an associate professor of trauma and orthopaedics at the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
He graduated from the University of Sheffield and did his surgical training on the Welsh rotation. He did fellowships in knee surgery at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol, followed by the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Australia. His clinical practice is in knee surgery.
His research includes clinical trials in orthopaedics, patello-femoral instability and arthroplasty, ligament and cartilage injuries, knee arthroplasty and osteoarthritis. He also has an interest in novel approaches to improve RCT’s of surgical interventions. He co-leads the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Trauma Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy team. He completed his PhD with the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre in Cardiff on biomechanics of gait before and after knee replacement.
Andy maintains an interest in training and teaching and leads the Integrated Clinical Academic Training programme for orthopaedics in the deanery. He is a keen football fan and an enthusiastic (but unskilled) player, and has two young children who keep him active.
James is a Consultant based on Bristol. Having graduated from Imperial College, London, he completed his specialist training in the Severn Deanery. He earned an AO Major Trauma Fellowship from the University of Calgary, during which time he further developed his interest in complex tibial plateau fractures and multi-ligamentous knee injuries.
Electively, he has a particular interest in joint preservation surgery, and is a strong advocate of unicompartmental arthroplasty and periarticular osteotomy. He has multiple publications on partial joint replacement with the Bristol Knee Group, and continues to work towards improving outcomes for this cohort of patients.