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Last updated: 1 Aug 2020
Shankar’s Consultant NHS post is based at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. He specialises in hip & knee replacement & revision surgery and young adult hip preservation surgery. He is dual post-CCT fellowship trained – in hip & knee arthroplasty/reconstruction at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada (mentored by Professor Allan Gross and Dr David Backstein), and young adult hip preservation surgery at University College London Hospital, London, UK (mentored by Mr Johan Witt).
Born and raised in the south of England, Shankar qualified at the University of Manchester (2003) and was trained on the South Yorkshire Orthopaedic Rotation. In 2017, Shankar was awarded a PhD (University of Sheffield), for his multi-centre study investigating the “Genetics of hip osteoarthritis and hip shape”. He has several awards including the prestigious New Investigator Recognition Award at the 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting in New Orleans, USA. He was also a finalist in the Arthritis-Research UK Young Investigator competition at the 2013 British Orthopaedic Association meeting.
Whilst always retaining high levels of patient safety and patient care, Shankar provides an innovative, personalised service, employing the latest evidence-based practices. Shankar’s knowledge of the latest techniques in peri-operative management and the use of complementary digital technology has led to the development of a same-day discharge programme for selective hip and knee replacement patients.
Procedures Shankar performs include all aspects of hip and knee replacement and revision surgery including the minimally-invasive direct anterior approach hip replacement. This approach has been widely shown to accelerate post-operative recovery, getting patients back to work and sport quicker. Additionally he performs the full gamut of hip preservation procedures including the periacetabular osteotomy and hip arthroscopy.
Shankar’s interests include football, cricket, photography and spending time with his young family.
Areas of interest
Hip pain; Hip Arthritis; Hip Impingement; Knee pain; Knee Arthritis; Hip Replacement (Including the Minimally Invasive Anterior Approach Hip Replacement); Knee Replacement; Hip Revision; Knee Revision; Young adult hip disorders; Femoro-acetabular Impingement (FAI); Hip Dysplasia; Labral Tears; Hip Arthroscopy; Knee Arthroscopy; Periacetabular Osteotomy; Femoral Corrective Osteotomy; Sports Injuries to the Hip/Groin; Trochanteric pain syndrome
2018 Winner of University of Toronto Research Day. Canada.
2017 BOA/Zimmer Arthroplasty Fellowship
2016 Ethicon Travel Award (Royal College of Surgeons England)
2016 Winner of European Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (ERASS) Travelling Fellowship.
2014 Winner of New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA). Orthopaedic Research Society.
2014 Winner of OREF/ORS Award in Orthopaedic Research Translation.
2013 Arthritis Research United Kingdom Young Investigator Award (Finalist).
Outpatient Total Knee Arthroplasty-The New Reality and How Can It Be Achieved? Backstein D, Thiagarajah S, Halawi MJ, Mont MA. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Sep 25. pii: S0883-5403(18)30823-4.
Malreduction of Tibial Articular Width in Bicondylar Tibial Plateau Fractures Treated with Circular External Fixation is Associated with Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis. Thiagarajah S, et al. Journal of Orthopaedics. 2019 Jan;16(1): 91-96.
Quantifying the characteristics of the acetabulum and proximal femur using a semi-automated
hip morphology software programme (SHIPS). Thiagarajah S, et al. Hip Int. 2013 May-Jun; 23(3): 330-6.
Radiographic endophenotyping in hip osteoarthritis improves the precision of genetic
association analysis. Thiagarajah S, Panoutsopoulou K, Zengini E et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Jul;76(7):1199-1206.
Investigation of association between hip osteoarthritis susceptibility loci and radiographic
proximal femur shape. Lindner C, Thiagarajah S, Wilkinson JM, et al. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015
Development of a fully automatic shape model matching (FASMM) system to derive statistical
shape models from radiographs: application to the accurate capture and global representation
of proximal femur shape. Lindner C, Thiagarajah S, et al. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Oct; 21(10): 1537-44.
Fully automatic segmentation of the proximal femur using random forest regression voting.
Lindner C, Thiagarajah S, et al. IEEE
Trans Med Imaging. 2013 Aug;32(8):1462-72.
Accurate bone segmentation in 2D radiographs using fully automatic shape model matching
based on regression-voting. Lindner C, Thiagarajah S, et al. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2013; 16(Pt 2): 181-9.
Accurate fully automatic femur segmentation in pelvic radiographs using regression voting.
Lindner C, Thiagarajah S, et al. Med Image Comput Assist
The management and mortality of patients undergoing hip fracture surgery following recent
acute myocardial infarction. Thiagarajah S,et al. Acta Orthop
The pain of surgery: pain experienced by surgeons while operating. Soueid A, Oudit D,
Thiagarajah S, et al. Int J Surg. 2010;8(2):118-20.
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Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons
British Hip Society
British Orthopaedic Association