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I qualified in medicine from the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester in 2001. My interest in orthopaedics was sparked whilst on a medical student elective to Malawi and following this I commenced basic surgical training in the North West of England with placements at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Royal Preston Hospital. This was followed by a period of overseas voluntary work in an orthopaedic tertiary referral centre in the former homeland of the Transkei in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. On my return to the UK I completed further training posts as a junior trauma registrar in Shrewsbury and as a research fellow at Wrightington Hospital where I completed an MSc in Health Science and Practice.
In 2006 I obtained my specialist registrar training number in the North West working in a number of busy orthopaedic and trauma units including the Royal Blackburn Hospital, the Royal Preston Hospital and the Royal Bolton Hospital. I also returned to South Africa to work at the Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto, one of the countries busiest trauma units.
In 2010 I obtained the fellowship in trauma and orthopaedics (FRCS T&O) and was then able to undertake advanced training posts in hip and knee replacement surgery at Wrightington Hospital followed by fellowship level training in foot and ankle surgery at the Royal Bolton Hospital and Wrightington Hospital. In 2012 I returned to Lancaster to complete specialist training under the watchful eye of Mr Shashi Garg and conducted research on the outcomes following ankle replacement surgery. During the final 12 months of training I developed an interest in more complex hindfoot surgery and sports injuries including advanced arthroscopic techniques. In addition to specialist foot and ankle work I continue with a more general lower limb and trauma practice as a consultant. I was appointed as a consultant in 2013 with Kendal and Lancaster being my NHS bases.
During my free time I enjoy spending time with my young family and feel very fortunate to live on the doorstep of the Lakes and Dales.
Areas of interest
Foot and ankle surgery
Orthopaedic trauma surgery
- Ann Akister
- BMI The Lancaster Hospital Meadowside Lancaster LA1 3RH