Research Committee

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Andrew McCaskie

Research Committee Chair

Professor McCaskie is an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in lower limb surgery e.g. hip arthroscopy and related research. His research aims to develop innovative solutions, particularly regenerative, for patient benefit in musculoskeletal disease. One focus is Osteoarthritis (OA), which affects around 8 million people in the UK alone. The research encompasses a greater understanding of the causes of musculoskeletal disease and the mechanisms of action of therapy.

He is the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre. The £6 million Centre is based at four sites: Newcastle University, the University of Aberdeen, Keele University/the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry and the University of York. Funded by a core grant of £2.4 million over five years from Arthritis Research UK with a further £3.4 million pledged by the four participating universities, the centre brings together leading clinicians, engineers and biologists from research and clinical groups. The aim and potential clinical impact is to treat early osteoarthritis by introducing stem cells into damaged joints in conjunction with existing surgical procedures. Prof McCaskie leads the Smart Step consortium (£1.1M) as part of Stage II UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. The aim is to develop cell-free approaches to Osteoarthritis and establish a translational pipeline for their development.

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Ian McNab


Ian McNab trained at the London Hospital Medical College and then as an SHO in London, Sussex and Oxford. His higher orthopaedic surgical training was on the Pott rotation, based on St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals. It spanned the transition to SpR training and I was ‘the last SR’! I undertook my hand and upper limb fellowship training in Oxford and then during a year in Melbourne.

He was appointed in 2000 as a Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust. He works in an excellent integrated team of seven T&O and Plastics hand consultants and closely with my other T&O colleagues, providing emergency care at our Regional Hand Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and planned and reconstructive surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

He has a keen interest in teaching as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University of Oxford and at Wadham College. He is Head of the Oxford Hand Fellowship Programme and have served on the Training Interface Group for Hand Surgery, on the UK Hand Diploma Committee and as an examiner. He chairs the AOUK Hand Course. In 2007 he was awarded and undertook the prestigious BSSH Stack Travelling Fellowship in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and USA.

He have also served on: the BOA Board of Specialist Societies and Professional Practice Committee; as RCS/BOA Regional Specialty Professional Adviser (he proposed the motions at RCS EGM on Health & Social Care Act); the BSSH Research & Audit Committee & Council; and as BMA LNC Chair, Regional & National Consultant Committees, and as Chair, BMA Orthopaedic Sub-Committee.

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Amar Rangan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The James Cook University Hospital

Amar Rangan is a Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust in Middlesbrough and is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, holding the Mary Kinross Trust & Royal College of Surgeons Chair at Department of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School, University of York. He also holds a full Professorship with the Faculty of Medical Sciences & NDORMS, University of Oxford. Amar is current President of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society. He was Chair of the BOA Research Committee from 2013-2018; the Academic / APOS representative on the T&O SAC from 2013 to 2016; and he has been FRCS (Tr& Orth) examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty Boards for 10 years.

Amar leads a programme of clinical and translational research, including NIHR funded multi-centre clinical trials. He has been published
widely in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, particularly in the field of Shoulder and Elbow surgery, where his work has influenced clinical practice, national guidelines and policy. He is a member of the NIHR i4i Challenge Awards Committee and is a surgeon
member of the Steering Committee of the National Joint Registry.

Chair, Research Changing Practice: The Big Studies 2022 (BOA Research Committee)

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Arul Ramasamy

SAC representative

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Yuri Kulikov

SAS representative

Mr Kulikov is a Specialty Doctor in Trauma and Orthopaedics with a broad research background and an eye on clinical practice improvement and innovation. He is a passionate proponent of SAS grade development as a career pathway in its own right.

He is particularly interested in Trauma and Orthopaedic research methodology and support of novel research ideas integral to clinical practice. He started career in the Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, worked with the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics (University of Bath), Warwick Orthopaedics group, and currently represents recently set up South Warwickshire Orthopaedic Research & Development (SWORD) initiative.

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James Archer

BOTA representative

James Archer is an Orthopaedic Registrar in the West Midlands Deanery (Birmingham). James is interested in pursuing a career in arthroplasty alongside his research interests. He is a keen supporter of collaborative research and has published on a wide array of orthopaedic subjects. He was elected as the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association Academic Officer in 2023. 

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Jeya Palan

BOA Research Committee member

Jeya Palan is a consultant hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust. He has completed revision arthroplasty fellowships in Coventry and Nottingham as well as a sarcoma fellowship at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. He was a T&O registrar in the East Midlands Leicester Deanery. He has been an Associate Editor for the BJJ (2012-2016) and was the National Joint Registry/RCS fellow in 2013/14. He was awarded the BMA Doris-Hillier research grant in 2014/15. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Leicester, looking into outcomes after hip and knee replacements. He has a specialist interest in the management of periprosthetic joint infections and fractures. He has published and presented extensively on hip and knee arthroplasty surgery. He was President of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) in 2013/14. He is a member of the European Knee Society, ODEP and T&O ST3 National Selection Design Group.

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Michael Whitehouse

BOA Research Committee member

Mike is a Reader and Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust. His clinical work covers major trauma, general trauma, primary and revision hip replacement and primary knee replacement. Particular revision interests include prosthetic joint infection and periprosthetic fractures. His research is based in the Musculoskeletal Research Unit, part of Bristol Medical School where he is Head of Section for Clinical Specialties and Related Sciences.

His research interests cover multicentre clinical trial methodology and delivery, large dataset analysis, evidence syntheses, hip and knee replacement outcomes, first-in-human surgical trials, knee cartilage repair and substitution, hip fractures, wrist fractures, ankle fractures, open fractures and biomechanics. He is part of the statistical analysis team for the National Joint Registry and represents that team on the surgical and implant performance committees, editorial board and executive committee.

He has a passion for teaching, having co-led MSK teaching at the University of Bristol and was lead of MSK teaching at the North Bristol Academy until 2020. He is also co-director of the MSc in Orthopaedic surgery. Postgraduate teaching includes FRCS revision courses, MSK and minor surgery for GPs and he sits on the EFORT Basic Science Task Force. He supervises a large number of doctoral students, 4 currently with 4 previously completed, and is the co-editor of Apley and Solomon’s System of Orthopaedics and Trauma. He has published over 160 peer reviewed papers.

Stephen McDonnell

BOA Research Committee member

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Ines Reichert

BOA Research Committee member

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Daniel Perry

Specialist Society Lead - Paediatrics

Daniel Perry PhD, FRCS (Orth) is an Associate Professor of Children’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, NIHR Clinician Scientist and a Consultant Children's Orthopaedic Surgeon Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.  

Dan’s major research interests are in epidemiology and effectiveness research. He has developed nationwide collaborative cohorts, clinical trials and is experienced in the analysis of existing (routine) datasets. He has over £7m of grants, including the NIHR British Orthopaedic Surgery Surveillance (BOSS) Study, the NIHR FORCE, SCIENCE and now CRAFFT Study.

Dan is a member of the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board and Paediatric Editor of the Bone and Joint Journal. He also sits on the research committee of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), the research committee of BSCOS (British Society for Children's Orthopaedic Surgery). Dan is the clinical lead for hip screening within Public Health England.

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Xavier Griffin

Specialist Society Lead

Xavier Griffin PhD, FRCS (Tr&Orth) Associate Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Xavier is Chief Investigator for NIHR randomised clinical trials and commercially funded grants. His research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions.

Xavier has several Research Committee appointments including, but not limited to; Cochrane, Arthritis UK and British Orthopaedic Association. Xavier serves in the Reserve Forces and believes that his military training has provided him with transferable skills enabling him to enhance his medical and research career.

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Paul Baker

Specialist Society Lead

Paul trained and currently works in the North East of England. He specialises in lower limb arthroplasty with a specific interest in revision knee surgery. He is a member of the BASK revision knee working group and sits on the BASK research committee. His research interests include the delivery of occupational advice to facilitate return to work after surgery, interactive platforms to educate and support patients undergoing hip and knee replacement and the measurement of patient experience and satisfaction. During his training he was the inaugural National Joint Registry (NJR) research fellow, and also founded the North Easts trainee orthopaedic research group (CORNET).

Paul is the current Research and Innovation Director for South Tees NHS Trust. He has worked with the NIHR CRN in a number of roles leading the injuries and emergencies and orthopaedic portfolios in the North East and North Cumbria region. Since November 2019 Paul has been the Royal College of Surgeons of England speciality lead for adult orthopaedics and is involved with their MSK robotic surgery programme. He is an NIHR HTA grant holder for the OPAL study (Occupational advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb) which was conducted in collaboration with the BOA surgical trails centre at York Clinical Trails Unit. He has published over 75 research papers predominantly focussing on registry knee replacement outcomes, patient reported outcome measures and returning to work after joint arthroplasty.