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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 now Chair the Committee responsible to give clinical advice on spinal services to NHS England. I am also Clinical Lead for the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project and the spinal advisor to the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group, Clinical Lead for Regional Spinal Networks and on the Executive Committee of the British Scoliosis Society and UK Spinal Societies Board. 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. I am now clinical lead for the British Orthopaedic Association project to bring together a number of new Orthopaedic Registries.
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)
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
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
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Executive Member British Scoliosis Society 2009
- 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
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.
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