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Ashley Cole was a medical student in Nottingham and did his surgical training in Sheffield with Spinal Fellowships in Nottingham, Brisbane and America. He has been a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Sheffield since 2003. In addition to his spinal practice at Claremont Hospital he has a full-time NHS commitment at both Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Northern General Hospital. His interest in outcome evaluation resulted in co-developing the British Spine Registry whilst on the British Association of Spine Surgeons Executive between 2010 and launch in 2012. He is still actively involved with this project and has been Clinical Lead for the British Orthopaedic Association Registry Unification Project. He has completed two theses on spinal deformity, the first of these as a medical student.
He is currently President of the British Scoliosis Society and on the Executive Committee of the UK Spinal Societies Board and remains the Spinal Chair of the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group advising NHS Digital on spinal coding and tariff. After being a member of the last Spinal Taskforce, he became Chair of the Spinal Surgery Clinical Reference Group advising NHS England on commissioning specialised spinal surgery (2012-2019). He has now moved into clinical research as Chief investigator of the NIHR funded Bracing Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (BASIS) Study.
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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Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Rohit Mittal Fee Assured
- Dr Howard Knifton-Smith 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
- DM Unversity of Nottingham 2005
- FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001
- BM, BS University of Nottingham 1991
- BMedSci University of Nottingham 1989
- Spinal Fellowship Queen's Medical Centre, Notingham 2002
Reference number 3561465
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- President British Scoliosis Society BSS 2021
- Executive Committee UK Spine Societies Board UKSSB 2021
- Co-Chair Britsh Spine Registry 2011
- Spinal Advisor Orthopaedic Expert Working Group 2005
- Chair of Spinal Services Clinical Reference Group NHS England 2013
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,...
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Post treatment communication
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