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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
My interest in spinal surgery started with research in the early 1990s resulting in an MD thesis in 2005. After my Orthopaedic training, including Spinal Fellowships in Nottingham, Brisbane and Las Vegas, I was appointed as a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in 2003. My practice has always been 100% spinal surgery in both adults and children. I have become increasingly involved in the political aspects of spinal surgery and was Chair of the Committee responsible to give clinical advice on spinal services to NHS England for 6 years (2013-2019). I am also Clinical Lead for the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project and the spinal advisor to the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group and Clinical Lead for Regional Spinal Networks. I have sat on the Executive Committee of the UK Spinal Societies Board, British Association of Spine Surgeons and British Scoliosis Society. In my spare time I co-developed the British Spine Registry which allows Surgeons to collect information about procedures performed, complications and patient reported outcome and experience measure. Use of this has been mandated by the NHS for all spinal surgeons.
Areas of interest
spinal surgery; spine surgery; neck surgery; cervical spine surgery; Back pain; Low Back Pain; Sciatica; Scoliosis; Cervical spine (diseases and disorders of); neck pain; Brachalgia; Lumbar spine (diseases and disorders of)
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- c/o Sheffield Orthopaedics Ltd Claremont Hospital 401 Sandygate Road Sheffield S10 5UB
- 0114 263 2141
Anaesthetists worked with
- Mr Robert Hearn Fee Assured
- Dr Robert E John Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Sheffield Children's Hospital
Northern General Hospital
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Degenerative Disc Disease
Radicular pain (sciatica)
Cauda Equina Syndrome
DM, University of Nottingham 2005
Reddington M; Walters SJ; Cohen J; Baxter SK; Cole A. (2018). Does early intervention improve outcomes in the physiotherapy management of lumbar radicular syndrome? Results of the POLAR pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 8(7): e021631.
Rushton PR; Elmalky M; Tikoo A; Basu S; Cole AA; Grevitt MP. (2016) The effect of metal density in thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. European Spine Journal. 25(10):3324-3330.
Johnson ZI; Gogate SS; Day R; Binch A; Markova DZ; Chiverton N; Cole A; Conner M; Shapiro IM; Le Maitre CL; Risbud MV. (2015). Aquaporin 1 and 5 expression decreases during human intervertebral disc degeneration: Novel HIF-1-mediated regulation of aquaporins in NP cells. Oncotarget. 6(14):11945-58.
Binch AL, Cole AA, Breakwell LM, Michael AL, Chiverton N, Creemers LB, Cross AK, LeMaitre CL (2015). Class 3 semaphorins expression and association with innervation and angiogenesis within the degenerate human intervertebral disc. Oncotarget 6(21); 18338-54
Cole AA, Nelson R (2015). Debate Article: Footdrop – head and heart. Journal of Trauma & Orthopaedics: Vol 2 (4), 40-42.
Phillips KLE, Chiverton N, Michael ALR, Cole AA, Breakwell LM, Haddock G, Bunning RAD, Cross AK, Le Maitre CL (2015). Potential Roles of Cytokines and Chemokines in Human Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Interleukin-1 is a Master Regulator of catabolic processes. Osteoarthritis and cartilage: 23(7): 1165-77
Sharma H. Lee SW. Cole AA. The management of weakness caused by lumbar and lumbosacral nerve root compression. [Review]. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 94(11):1442-7, 2012 Nov.
Cheuk DK. Wong V. Wraige E. Baxter P. Cole A. Surgery for scoliosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. [Review][Update of Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;(1):CD005375; PMID: 17253553]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2:CD005375, 2013.
KL Phillips, N Chiverton, ALR Michael, AA Cole, LM Breakwell, G Haddock, RAD Bunning, AK Cross and CL Le Maitre. The cytokine and chemokine expression profile of nucleus pulposus cells: implications for degeneration and regeneration of the intervertebral disc. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013, 15:R213
Courses offered to GPs
Through Sheffield Orthopaedics and Claremont Hospital
- BMedSci University of Nottingham 1989
- BM, BS University of Nottingham 1991
- FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001
- DM Unversity of Nottingham 2005
- Spinal Fellowship Queen's Medical Centre, Notingham 2002
Reference number 3561465
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair of Spinal Services Clinical Reference Group NHS England 2013
- Spinal Advisor Orthopaedic Expert Working Group 2005
- Co-Chair Britsh Spine Registry 2011
- Clinical Lead NHSE Improving Spinal Care Project 2015
- Executive Committee UK Spine Societies Board UKSSB 2015
- Clinical Lead for Trauma & Orthopaedics Registries Unification Project British Orthopaedic Asociation 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Ashley Cole, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of Spine Surgeons
British Scoliosis Society
Spine Society of Europe
British Orthopaedic Association
Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Sheffield Orthopaedics Ltd, Claremont Hospital,...
- 08:00 - 20:00
- 0114 263 2115
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