About Mr. M. Gandhi

Professional Background

I studied at the University of Manchester where I was awarded BSc (Hons) and MBChB (Hons). My junior doctor training was completed in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust before moving to the West Midlands for my junior surgical training. I completed my specialist orthopaedic training on the Oswestry/Stoke rotation in the West Midlands. During this time I also completed an MPhil research degree from the University of Salford. I was also accepted as one of the 1st cohort of doctors onto the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur programme (NHS CEnt).

After the completion of training, I was awarded the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) International Fellowship and traveled to Seoul, South Korea. On my return to the UK, I completed advanced post-CCT fellowships at Coventry, Sheffield and Oswestry.

I joined Warrington and Halton NHS Trust as a locum upper limb orthopaedic consultant surgeon before taking up a substantive post as a shoulder and elbow specialist orthopaedic consultant surgeon at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2020. I am the technical skills lead for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

I have published and presented nationally and internationally and some of my work can be found here.

Qualifications & Degrees

  • BSc (Hons) – University of Manchester
  • MBChB (Hons) – University of Manchester
  • MPhil – University of Salford
  • MRCS – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • FRCS (Tr & Orth) – Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • MFSTEd – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professional Memberships

  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Clinical Interests

My sub-specialist interest is shoulder and elbow surgery. I treat acute and chronic injuries following trauma and also for degenerative conditions such as arthritis. I use the latest diagnostic investigative tools to help make the right diagnosis and the latest advanced surgical techniques.

Some of the common conditions I treat include:

  • Shoulder: arthritis, fractures, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, SLAP tears, frozen shoulder, calcific tendinopathy, acromio-clavicular joint disruptions or arthritis.
  • Elbow: tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), ulnar nerve entrapment (cubital tunnel syndrome), biceps tendon ruptures, olecranon bursitis, elbow arthritis/stiffness, elbow fractures.

Academic Background & Research

I play an active role in research as I believe this is key to creating change and transformation in healthcare. My commitment to research is demonstrated by my MPhil degree from University of Salford and BSc (Hons) from the University of Manchester. I have presented over 100 presentations and won or been shortlisted for 6 international or national research prizes:

  • Shortlisted for Best Poster Prize at SECEC-ESSSE (European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow) Congress. Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1st Prize Podium Presentation at 14th Annual Residents & Fellows Arthroscopy Conference. Florida, U.S.A.
  • British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Free Papers Prize for Simulation.
  • Runner-up Award in “Innovation in Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning” at BOA Annual Congress.
  • 1st Prize Podium Presentation for “Factors associated with mortality within 1-year following a displaced intra-capsular neck of femur fracture” at Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT).
  • 1st Prize Poster Presentation for “The Dudley Grid: How can it be applied in practice (related to hip fractures)?” at the Welsh Orthopaedic Society Meeting.

My current research themes are:

  • Validating assessment methods that “measure” technical performance during arthroscopy.
  • Developing and subsequent validation studies of low cost arthroscopic training tools.
  • Validating technology enhanced learning (TEL) resources for surgical training.

I have published and presented nationally and internationally and some of my work can be found here.

Teaching & Simulation

My commitment to teaching and education has been recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and I am a Member of The Faculty of Surgical Trainers (MFSTEd). By holding the roles of course director, faculty member and facilitator has helped me understand how to manage courses and use feedback to shape future training events. I aim to create an environment where learning and research is fun and stimulating.

I am the technical skills lead at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and work with clinicians, educationalists, and external companies to run courses to develop skills for our staff and trainees in the region.

I have been part of the British Orthopaedic Association Simulation Working Group, and have raised over £130,000 for simulation resources across different hospital Trusts.

I regularly get invited to talk on surgical simulation at national conferences including the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Institute of Radiology. I offer consultancy on surgical simulation.

I have been an honorary clinical tutor for the University of Birmingham.

Innovation & Digital Health

I am the Clinical Lead for the NHS Clinical InSites programme based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. This role allows us to adopt relevant innovations that will improve patient care and experience. More information about the programme can be found here.

I was appointed as an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur (NHS CEnt) in 2016 which allowed me to develop my idea that innovation and research is integral to developing the next generation of surgical techniques. New teaching methods, such as simulation training for surgery, are required to keep up with technological advances and to deal with the challenges faced by the NHS. My vision of simulation is to provide surgeons the opportunity to develop and practice new or advanced skills in a safe environment. Patients will benefit from surgeons who have already progressed along their learning curves and hospitals will benefit from better theatre utilisation and potentially reduced surgical errors.

My innovation interests include:

  • Education and simulation – Improving training opportunities in a safe environment using cost-effective methods.
  • Development of new methods of motion-analysis – This can be translated into training and intra-operative uses.
  • Use of augmented reality in orthopaedic education and patient rehabilitation.

My innovation achievements include:

  • patent granted for augmented reality based motion tracking
  • patent granted for new instrumentation and technique for intra-operative real time feedback to guide bone cuts for osteotomy and implant positioning.
  • developed the Arthroscopic Skills Acquisition Tools (published in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery).
  • developed MalPROD (computer program to help with mutagenesis experiments – at the time to help work out the structure of the acetylcholine receptor).

Other Interests

I am happily married with 3 children. As a family we enjoy travelling. I also enjoy cricket and football

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