By: 13 September 2019
Speakers confirmed to complete the programme at the Orthopaedic Knee Conference 2019

OPN are delighted to confirm a host of high-profile speakers attending this year’s event in Leeds on Friday 1 November 2019

The programme has now been finalised for this popular one-day event. With topics including training and development; improving outcomes; and soft tissue knee injuries, it is all set to be an interesting day, full of debate and discussion.

The Orthopaedic Knee Conference is free for qualified medical professionals to attend. For service providers and all other delegates, tickets are priced at £250+VAT.

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Confirmed speakers include:

Mike McNicholas (Chairman)

Mike McNicholas is a consultant major trauma and specialist knee surgeon with a supraregional referral practice at the University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool, Major Trauma Centre for the Cheshire and Mersey Region. After completing advanced surgical training in Edinburgh, Switzerland, America and Japan he was appointed as a Consultant in 2001.

He has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Salford from 2006 to 2018, Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Liverpool since 2014. From 2008 to 2016 he was a founding Director of a company delivering tactical trauma training for tactical firearms, public order, counter terrorism and SOCA units and fire and rescue services from first aid at work to enhanced D13 levels. In 2013 he was the First Chairman of the NorthWest Firearms Collaborative Clinical Governance Committee and member until 2016 providing clinical governance for six Tactical Firearms Units.

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, osteotomy and offloading devices. 

Deiary Kader

Professor Kader is an accomplished knee surgeon, researcher, academic, educationalist, humanitarian and a specialist surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

He is a fellowship-trained knee and sports medicine surgeon with an extensive experience in knee ligament reconstruction, primary/revision knee arthroplasty, multillig reconstruction and patellofemoral joint instability. After completing orthopaedic training in Scotland and knee fellowship in Sydney/Australia and Newcastle in 2005, he was invited to accept a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon post at the QEH NHS trust in Gateshead and to become a team doctor for Newcastle United football club. This gave him an opportunity to care for professional athletes and obtain the membership of the faculty of sport and exercise medicine in
the UK.

In August 2015, he was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in complex knee surgery at South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) in Epsom, where he is currently the deputy medical director of the centre.

Since 2010 he has been dedicating a significant amount of his time for humanitarian work with NGMV medical charity ( and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (

Dinesh Nathwani

Mr Dinesh Nathwani is a consultant, hon senior clinical lecturer and head of orthopaedics at
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He has a keen clinical and research interest in technology assisted knee surgery and has used navigation and robotics for all his partial and total knee replacements since being appointed as a substantive knee consultant at Imperial College Healthcare in 2004. This was following a fellowship in knee navigation techniques in Perth, Western Australia. He is involved in trials for novel cartilage resurfacing implants, customised and robotically assisted knee replacements. His main focus is in delivering precise execution of surgical plans and bone conserving knee replacement using technology.

He is a programme committee member of the Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) International and executive committee member and President Elect of CAOS UK. He is orthopaedic research advisor for the Hamlyn Centre of Robotics at Imperial College and one of the key European opinion leaders in robotic knee surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the UK to have current clinical experience and access to both systems presently available to orthopaedic surgeons. He is faculty member on several national and international knee reconstruction course, teaching surgeons of all grades including the International Navio cadaveric instructional course in London.

David Deehan

Professor David Deehan has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a specialist interest in revision and complex knee disorders at Newcastle Hospitals since 2000. 

He completed his training in Newcastle, with time spent in Australia and Germany.

He holds degrees from Edinburgh (MBChB) Strathclyde (MSc) and Aberdeen (MD DSc) and is the chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Newcastle University. 

He is a co-founder and co-director of the NSTC (since 2007).

Additionally, he has driven the creation of the Newcastle Retrieval Centre (2015).

His interests include revision and robotic surgery, biomechanics of the knee and immunotribological aspects of host implant interaction.

Peter Ogrodnik

Professor Ogrodnik is award leader for the MSc in Medical Engineering Design at Keele University. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers and a Fellow (regional) of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. For over 20 years he has conducted research into optimising the treatment of tibial fractures. Using this research base he has enhanced the application of engineering design principles to the solution of medical devices, his book Medical Devices Design is a core text in core R&D departments.

He has founded two medical devices companies (one manufactures and sells medical devices to the NHS and beyond) and is named inventor on numerous patents. He was a founding director of the University spinout Intelligent Orthopaedics Ltd, and is a founding partner of Metaphysis LLP. Through this corporate involvement Professor Ogrodnik has an understanding of the realities of applied research for industry. 

William Jackson

William is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. He qualified in 1997 from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London. He completed his specialist orthopaedic training in Oxford. In 2007, he undertook 12 months of specialist fellowship training in knee surgery at the internationally renowned North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre under the tutelage of Dr Leo Pinczewski, one of the pioneers of modern techniques in ACL reconstruction.

William works as a dedicated specialist knee surgeon treating all paediatric and adult knee conditions. He has a particular interests in sports knee injuries and arthroscopic ligament reconstructions, management of arthritis in younger more active patients, including use of partial knee replacements.

He is extensively involved in the knee research programme in Oxford and works closely with university academics on many on going research projects.

William is involved in teaching surgeons around the world about ligament reconstructions, “Oxford” partial, total knee replacements and revision knee arthroplasty . He is regularly invited to lecture at courses and conferences within the UK and overseas.

Nick London

Nick London is a specialist knee surgeon with particular expertise in sports injuries and knee replacement surgery. He has extensive experience performing hundreds of ACL reconstructions and thousands of arthroscopic surgeries and knee replacements (from partial replacements through to complex revision procedures) since his appointment as a consultant in 2000.

The ability to manage all orthopaedic knee conditions from those developing in children and adolescents, through sports injuries in athletes of all abilities (elite professionals to ‘weekend warriors’) and ultimately to knee replacement in patients with severe arthritis is crucial to providing a complete service.

In addition to working with elite sportsmen, he has a particular interest in managing the young, active patient with arthritis and works with the orthopaedic industry to develop and evaluate the latest treatments and techniques.

Mike Reed

Mike is a full time hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon. He trained in the North of England, and did fellowships in New Zealand.

He is a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle and his research focuses on clinical outcomes and infection prevention, diagnosis and management.

At a Trust level Mike has run improvement programmes in hip fracture care, infection prevention and enhanced recovery for Northumbria Healthcare. He currently leads on quality in trauma and orthopaedics, chairs quality panels assessing all specialities, and provides external reviews for other organisations.

Leela Biant

Academic head of dept Trauma & Orthopaedics University of Manchester, honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Manchester University Foundation Trust, Honorary Professor at Salford University.

Leela trained in London, with fellowships in Sydney and London. She spent eight years as T&O Surgeon in Edinburgh before moving to Manchester in 2016.

Her thesis was on articular cartilage injuries in the young adult knee. She was an ABC Fellow in 2010, and has won multiple awards for research. She has been peer-selected as one of the global top 15 cartilage repair surgeons to attend summits on advancing the science and surgery of cartilage repair, is an elected ICRS Senior Fellow, and founded the ICRS Global non-arthroplasty patient registry. Leela is a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Biological Knee Society in recognition of her work in this field.

Her clinical and research interests are in cartilage assessment and repair, biological regenerative surgery and arthroplasty. She currently serves as BASK Treasurer, ICRS Board and Chair of the Registry Committee, and on the British Orthopaedic Association Research Committee. 

Keith Tucker

Keith is Chairman of ODEP and the Beyond Compliance advisory group and a member of the NJR Implant performance committee. He is also a member of the BOA/MHRA advisory committee on the problems of metal-on-metal articulation.

He was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon employed at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital 1978-2012, now consulting independently.

Past achievements include secretary and president of the British Hip Society, a member of the National Joint Registry (NJR) Steering Committee and chairman of the NJR Implant performance committee. He has been an ODEP member of the Implant Performance committee since 2014 and continues to be a member of NORE committee.

Keith has also authored and co-authored on numerous papers in general orthopaedics, with a particular emphasis on hip replacement.