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I was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2013. My specialist interests include the management of sports injuries, soft tissue knee reconstruction and lower limb joint replacement surgery, particularly in young adults. I am affiliated to a number of elite sports clubs in the Yorkshire region including Super League and Championship rugby league teams.
Between 2010 and 2012, I completed two highly specialist surgical fellowships which provided an excellent spring board into my consultant practice. The first was a superb, high volume fellowship in 2010 working with eminent surgeon Mr. Nick London in Harrogate. The second was a prestigious national fellowship at the Royal Derby Hospital, working alongside two internationally renowned surgeons: Mr. Tim Wilton (our current BOA president) and Mr. Guido Geutjens (Derby County Football, sports knee surgeon). During this valuable 2 years period of senior fellowship training, I completed over 1200 independent operations on the knee and hip.
In the year 2000, I graduated in the top 5% of the national cohort by gaining an honours degree in medicine and surgery. I then completed both basic and higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Yorkshire region. In 2009 (at the age of 31) I became one of the youngest surgeons ever to pass the Royal College Fellowship examinations and my name was added to the GMC Specialist Register in 2011.
Areas of interest
• Knee ligament reconstruction (ACL and multi-ligament) • Treatment of meniscal injury including repair • Cartilage regeneration surgery • Patella stabilisation and MPFL reconstruction • Unicompartmental knee replacement • Patello-femoral knee replacement • Treatment of young adult knee osteoarthritis • Total knee replacement • Total hip replacement
- Julie Fairfield
- Spire Dewsbury Clinic Cullingworth Street DEWSBURY WF13 4AN
- 01924 236483
- Linda Whitaker
- Spire Methley Park Hospital Methley Lane Methley LEEDS LS26 9HG
- 01977 664259
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
In 2014, I was one of only 3 UK consultant surgeons to be nominated and selected to join a new European Leadership Excellence Programme based in Zurich, to focus on orthopaedic product innovation and implant design. At the 2015 British Orthopaedic Association meeting, I was awarded first prize for outstanding performance in arthroscopic knee surgery. My research work has been presented at international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals, most recently in the United States.
My main interest outside surgery is sport, in particular, competitive trail and fell running. In 2015, I gained a top ten finish in the Yorkshire off-road marathon, completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks race in 3 hours 45 minutes and was crowned club champion for Calder Valley Fell Runners. I have previously been a Yorkshire champion at cross-country running and 1500m and played senior level football in the West Riding County Amateur League. I also enjoy a game of golf with friends and colleagues.
MBChB (With Honours) - 2000
MRCS (Ed) - 2004
FRCS (Tr&Orth) - 2009
London NJ, Smith J, Miller LE, Block JE. Bridging the osteoarthritis treatment gap with the KineSpring® Knee Implant System: early evidence in 100 patients with 1-year minimum follow-up. Orthopaedic Research and Reviews 2013; 5:65-73
London NJ, Smith J, Miller LE, Block JE. Mid-term outcomes and predictors of clinical success with the KineSpring knee implant system. Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders 2013; 6:19-28. PMID: 23761985
Bhandari M, Smith J, Miller LE, Block JE. Clinical and economic burden of revision knee arthroplasty. Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders 2012; 5:89-94. PMID: 23239930
Bagouri E, Smith J, Geutjens G. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction complicated by pyoderma gangrenosum. Annals Royal College Surgeons England Nov 2012;94(8):257-9. PMID: 23131219
Smith J, Hannant G, London NJ. Transphyseal anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in skeletally immature patients. BASK abstract book, 2011.
Smith J, Ankarath S. Treatment of unstable distal radial fractures using a variable angle volar locking plate system. British Trauma Society, abstract book 2007 [1.60]
Smith J, Karthik S, Lodge JPA, Thorpe JAC. Successful outcome after resection of lung, liver and diaphragm for locally advanced lung cancer. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2004; 26: 652-654
Smith J, Karthik S, Thorpe JAC. Pulmonary azygous lobe: a potential obstacle during thoracoscopic sympathectomy. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2004; 25(1): 137
Karthik S, Smith J, Thorpe JAC. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical excision of a paravertebral neurogenic tumour manifesting with unilateral facial and upper limb anhydrosis. Interactive Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 2004; 3: 226-228
Courses offered to GPs
Wakefield and District Community Healthcare Services
Castleford Normanton and District Hospital
MSK GPSI forum on all aspects of knee surgery
Held quarterly per annum
- MBChB With Honours The University of Liverpool 2000
- MRCS The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2004
- FRCS (Tr&Orth) The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2009
- National Senior Knee Surgery Fellowship - 18 months Royal Derby Hospital 2011
- Zimmer Knee Surgery Fellowship with Nick London Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust 2010
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
Member of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee
Member of the British Trauma Society
Member of the British Medical Association
- Spire Longlands Consulting Rooms, WF13 4AN
- 13:30 - 16:30
- 01924 410610
- Spire Methley Park Hospital, LS26 9HG
- 13:30 - 16:30
- 01977 664259
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.