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Abbas graduated from Imperial College with a distinction in MBBS and a 1st class honors degree in Orthopaedics. He completed his training on the North West Thames Rotation and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He has been on the GMC’s specialist register since 2014.
Abbas completed fellowships in the internationally renown Wrightington and Cambridge upper limb units as well as an AO Trauma Fellowship in Hannover, Germany. In 2015 he was awarded the Zimmer Upper Extremities Awards by the British Orthopaedic Association facilitating travel to Harvard and The Mayo Clinic in North America. In 2017 he was awarded the Intra-Europe Travelling award by the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons.
Abbas was appointed as Consultant Shoulder & Elbow surgeon at UCLH in 2016. The scope of his work includes evidence-based treatment of complex trauma, sports injuries and degenerative conditions of the upper limb.
Abbas’s specific areas of interest are functional outcomes in upper limb surgery, innovations in arthroplasty and the role of biologics. His mandate is to translate research findings into clinical gains for his patients. He has written upper limb guidelines for the British Orthopaedic Association’s Wikipaedics project and has published over 30 articles in peer review journals. He is currently an invited reviewer for the Bone & Joint Journal.
Abbas has a interest in postgraduate education and is invited faculty on numerous regional and national courses on FRCS, trauma and upper limb surgery.
In his spare time Abbas enjoys rowing, golf and Formula 1.
Areas of interest
shoulder pain; osteoarthritis; impingement, rotator cuff disease, frozen shoulder, ac joint pain, biceps tendinopathy; calcific tendinitis, click fracture, shoulder fracture, humerus fracture
elbow pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, biceps pain, biceps rupture, triceps pain, triceps rupture, ulnar neuritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, elbow fractures
wrist fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon
University College London
Evidence Based treatment of upper limb sports injuries and degenerative conditions.
2000: 1st Class Hons Orthopaedics BSc
2003: Distinction MBBS
2012: BJJ/EFORT Travelling award
2015: BOA Zimmer Upper Extremities Award
2017: SECEC Intra Europe Travelling Award
Nerve injury associated with shoulder surgery: a review. Curr Orthop. Aug 2008; 22(4):284-8.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: a review. Curr Orthop. Feb 2009; 23(1):69-73.
Surgical treatment of lateral clavicle physeal injuries: a case series. Bone Joint J. May 2013. 95-B:664-667. PMID:23632678
The effects of pre-operative intra-articular glenohumeral corticosteroid injection on infective complications after shoulder arthroplasty. Shoulder Elbow. July 2015 7: 154-156.
What’s changed in the management of frozen shoulder? Drug Ther Bull. Sep 2015. 53: 90-2.
Cost analysis of surgical treatment of proximal humeral fractures: an evaluation of cost drivers and comparison of institutional treatment cost with the national tariff. Bone Joint J. Feb 2016. 98-B(2):249-259.
Failure of distal biceps repair by gapping. Shoulder Elbow. Apr 2016. Vol.8(3): 192-196. PMID: 27583018
Glenoid bone loss in primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty. Shoulder Elbow. Shoulder Elbow. 2016 Oct;8(4):229-40. PMID: 27660655
Arthroplasty vs. fixation for comminuted radial head fractures in adults. Accepted by Int J Orthop. Apr 2016.
The Prevalence of Osteoarthritis of the Sternoclavicular Joint on Computerised Tomography. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jul 13. pii: S1058-2746(16)30118-5. PMID: 27424249
Surgical Treatment of a concurrent type 5 acromioclavicular joint dislocation and a failed anterior glenohumeral joint stabilization. Shoulder Elbow. 2016 Oct;8(4):258-63. PMID: 27660658
Linked Semi-Constrained and Unlinked Total Elbow Replacement in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Case Comparison Series with Mean 11.7 Year Follow-Up. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Aug 31. pii: S1058-2746(16)30212-9. PMID: 27592371
Management of Atraumatic Posterior Interosseous Nerve Palsy. Accepted by J Hand Surg. Feb 2017
Arthroscopic intra-articular disk excision of the sternoclavicular joint. Arthroscopy Techniques. 15;(6)3:e599-e605. Jun 2017
Sagittal Plane deformity in paediatric supracondylar fractures of the humerus. Int J Orthop. 23 3(4):1-7. Aug 2016.
Arthroscopic Sternoclavicular Joint Diskectomy for Acute and Chronic Tears. Arthroscopy. Epub ahead of prnt. Aug 2017
Arthroscopically Assisted Lateral Ligament Repair & Coronoid Fixation For Acute Posteromedial Rotatory Fracture Dislocation Of The Elbow. Accepted by Shoulder & Elbow. Sep 2017.
Courses offered to GPs
Shoulder conditions in primary care
clinical assessment of the shoulder
clinical assessment of the elbow
AC joint instability
- Orthopaedic BSc University College London 2000
- MBBS Imperial College 2003
- FRCS (Tr&Orth) Royal College of Surgeons 2012
- Upper Limb Fellowship Wrightington Hospital 2014
- Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Cambridge University Hospital 2015
- Trauma Fellowship Medicines Hätschele, Hannover 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Fully Registered Practicitioner, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons
British Shoulder & Elbow Society
European Shoulder & Elbow Society