Trauma and Orthopaedics

Head of School

Ms Celia Theodoreli-Riga is the Head of the London Specialty School of Trauma and Orthopaedics.

Deputy Head of School

Mr Dominic Nielsen is the Deputy Head of the London Postgraduate School of Surgery. Mr Nielsen is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St George’s Hospital in London. His clinical interests are foot and ankle surgery and complex lower limb trauma. He is a keen advocate of surgical education and was previously the Training Programme Director for Higher Orthopaedics in South London.

Training Programme Directors 

North Central and East London

Professor Fares Hadddad 


Position: Professor of Orthopaedic and Sports Surgery and Divisional Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties at UCLH, and Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) at University College London. Editor in Chief, Bone and Joint Journal (formerly JBJS-Br).

Hospital: University College London Hospitals       

Research areas: Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include joint preservation after trauma and sports injuries, bearing surfaces, implant fixation, periprosthetic infection and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision surgery.  His broader work also encompasses strategies to preserve and regain musculoskeletal health; he led the musculoskeletal team at the London Olympics 2012, was instrumental in setting up the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine and has gained International Olympic Committee Centre of Excellence status at ISEH. He works with a number of elite sports and is the Chief Medical Officer for the NFL in the UK.

Other achievements: He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards.  He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005. He is a member of the Hip Society, the Knee Society and of the International Hip Society.

He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip, knee and sports surgery including over 500 peer reviewed publications. He leads a clinical research group with interests in joint preservation after injury, prosthetic design and performance and outcomes measurement after hip / knee injury, degeneration and surgery. He is Editor in Chief of the Bone and Joint Journal.

Training Programme 

Trauma and orthopaedics covers the full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders. Our trainees enter registrar training at ST3 and work their way through to ST8. They have to have completed ST6 before sitting the exit FRCS Ortho exam and generally go on fellowship at the end of their training. We tend to focus on general trauma and the generality of orthopaedics in the first couple of years and then focus on subspecialist areas afterwards.

We are extremely fortunate in North Central London to have access to high-volume university hospitals such as UCLH and the Royal Free as well as very specialist centres such as Great Ormond Street and the Royal National Orthopaedic Centre Hospital. Rotating hospitals go throughout the area and notably at the Whittington Hospital and the North Middlesex but also out to Northwick Park and to Hertfordshire and into Essex and West London.

Our trainees are fortunate to have access to outstanding educational programmes which have transitioned from face-to-face to virtual during the COVID pandemic. We also have access to simulation facilities in the education centre at UCLH and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Our trainees also have access to a large number of courses across the host organisations.


The vision for the London School of Surgery is to provide the highest quality of training using the vast wealth of clinical resources across London. London has a population of almost eight million. With its rich variety of cultures, nationalities and social backgrounds, the capital offers any trainee a full and rewarding experience in emergency medicine.

The London School of Surgery also seeks to provide:

  • World class education for world-class healthcare
  • Excellence of postgraduate training and education
  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow

Specialty Training Board Information

The London Specialty School of Surgery holds Specialty Training Board meetings three times per year. The purpose of this group is to bring together specialty leads from postgraduate medical training programmes across the three London local education and training board areas to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to surgical training, and to foster and share good training practice on a pan London basis.

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