By: 29 August 2018
Orthopaedic Knee Conference 2018 – Shaping the future of knee surgery

Orthopaedic Knee Conference
Friday 2 November 2018, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Six CME points expected

Now entering our third successive year, this FREE-to-attend one-day meeting will see orthopaedic consultants, registrars and industry experts gather in Leeds to discuss the future of knee surgery and improving patient outcomes. A lively day is anticipated, with keynote speakers, open panel debates and a large trade exhibition. This year we will also be incorporating poster and podium abstract presentations focusing on knee surgery. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 August 2018.

Whether you’re an orthopaedic knee surgeon, medical professional or a medical device manufacturer, this is an essential event for your diary.



Training future surgeons – can technology transform the future of the NHS?
Improving outcomes with data analysis
Surgical innovation and sports injuries
Robotics and surgeon-assisted technology


Confirmed speakers at the event include:


Mike McNicholas – Chair

Mike McNicholas is a consultant soft tissue knee and trauma surgeon at the University Hospital Aintree. After completing knee fellowships in Edinburgh, Switzerland, America and Japan, he was appointed as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in Warrington General Hospital in 2001, specialising in knee surgery since then. He is regularly invited to teach at national and international meetings, training juniors and other consultants on arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee and knee replacement and trauma surgery. His current research interests include stem cell applications in knee injury, outcomes following arthroplasty, ligament reconstruction, osteotomy and the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis using novel implants.


Arjuna Imbuldeniya

Arj Imbuldeniya is an orthopaedic consultant surgeon who specialises exclusively in treating patients suffering from complex hip and knee problems. His NHS practice is at the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Imbuldeniya graduated in 2001 from Barts and the Royal London and his surgical training was entirely in London. He undertook international specialist fellowship training at the renowned Mater Hospital in Sydney, Australia, the largest joint replacement centre in the Southern Hemisphere, where he learned about computer-guided surgery and ligament sparing joint replacement.

He has expertise in keyhole surgery of the knee including ACL reconstruction, computer/robotic-assisted partial knee replacement, computer/robotic-assisted total knee replacement, ceramic hip replacement particularly in the younger adult and complex revision/redo hip replacement.


Keith Tucker

Keith Tucker is chairman of ODEP and the Beyond Compliance advisory group, and a member of the NJR Implant performance committee.

He was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon employed at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital between 1978-2012 and is now consulting independently. He was past secretary and past president of the British Hip Society, a past member of the National Joint Registry (NJR) steering committee and past chairman of the NJR Implant performance committee. He has been an ODEP member of the implant performance committee since 2014.




Adrian Wilson

Professor Wilson is a specialist knee surgeon who qualified with a BSc in Biochemistry from Manchester University in 1989 and then went on to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s medical school, graduating in 1994. He did his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Brisbane Orthopaedic Centre with Peter Myers in 2004.

Since becoming a consultant he has developed a specialist interest in knee preservation surgery, particularly focusing on complex ligament and osteotomy surgery. He is particularly well known for his work on the All Inside ACL and PCL ligament techniques, which he helped to develop, and his minimally invasive technique for high tibial osteotomy surgery.

Professor Wilson is a co-founder of the UK Knee Osteotomy Registry (UKKOR) the first dedicated national database for osteotomy surgery. Professor Wilson set up a successful fellowship training programme for ligament and osteotomy surgery in 2012 and has a chair at the University of Winchester where he is a visiting Professor to the department of Sport & Exercise.


Melanie Ottewill and Martin Langham

Melanie Ottewill is a registered nurse and qualified social worker and has worked in both statutory and non-statutory settings.

Melanie is currently working as a national investigator with the healthcare safety investigation branch.

Melanie has conducted more than 100 serious incident investigations and led on the implementation of duty of candour within Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Dr Martin Langham is a human factors engineer and psychologist who also trained in forensics and incident investigation. Martin’s interest is in human error, investigation methods and ethics. Martin’s work in the domain of healthcare includes diverse investigations from mortuary error to the care of neonates. He has contributed to the investigation of over 30 incidents for the NHS. As Martin is now semi-retired his voluntary work includes life as a JP and as a Community Magistrate.


Benjamin Bloch

Benjamin Bloch is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals, specialising in hip and knee surgery. He qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2003, and completed his higher specialist training in the East Midlands (South) region in 2014. He then undertook fellowship training in Nottingham and Coventry before taking up his consultant post in 2016.

He has a particular interest in hip and knee osteoarthritis surgery, including treatment of the young arthritic knee. In addition, he has an interest in revision total knee arthroplasty, and is one of the clinical leads for the East Midlands Specialist Orthopaedic Network where revision arthroplasty throughout the region is discussed.


Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in knees and sports injuries.

Mr McDermott is one of the UK’s leading experts in ‘Biological Knee Reconstruction’, combining highly specialised techniques such as meniscal transplantation and articular cartilage grafting. He was the first surgeon in the UK to use Vivostat PRF autologous bioactive biological glue in knees and he was also the first surgeon in the UK to perform a Conformis G2 iUni custom-made knee replacement. He now trains other surgeons in these techniques and is a designated ‘Centre of Excellence’ for training. He is also president of the UK Biological Knee Society.

In full-time private practice since 2007, Mr McDermott is the co-founder and managing partner of London Sports Orthopaedics, one of the UK’s leading private orthopaedic practices, based in London.


Angela Spang

Angela Spang is London Medical Education Academy’s managing director and leads the research and innovation division. She explains what she would like to see in the future for The Academy:

“I am honoured to lead the efforts at The Academy because during my 20 years in the healthcare world I realised that no matter how good new medical device innovations were, the biggest variable affecting patient outcome was the technical skills of the surgeons. A great device is unsuccessful if used in the wrong way, and a mediocre product can produce great results if skilled hands are operating.

“Our long-term goal is to give a sustainable, affordable and realistic alternative place to complete the procedure and device related learning curve, improving the way doctors train and learn today. We are looking at taking the top 20 surgeries, define their learning curves, and then provide extensive training for those procedures using cadaveric tissue, before surgeons operate on patients.”


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