International Faculty


Bertrand Sonnery-CottetBertrand Sonnery-Cottet

Dr. Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet is an orthopaedic surgeon working at the Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon. His clinical practice focuses on sports medicine surgery of knee and ankle conditions, in particular the treatment of knee ligamentous and meniscal injuries. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals (including AJSM and Arthroscopy) on these topics.

In addition to serving as a reviewer for two scientific journals (AJSM and OTSR), he is a member of the editorial board of OJSM, and a member of four scientific societies (ISAKOS, ESSKA, SOFCOT and SFA). Dr Sonnery-Cottet has a practice which includes elite and professional athletes from a number of sports including football, handball, rugby, basketball and skiing.


UK Faculty


Rob GilbertRob Gilbert

Rob Gilbert is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in soft tissue and reconstructive knee surgery. He works as a consultant at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Initially from Cumbria, Rob qualified from St Bartholomew's Medical School (London) in 2001. He completed his basic surgical training in the North West before being selected for specialist orthopaedic training on the Oswestry Orthopaedic Rotation in 2006.

Whilst at Oswestry, Rob trained under eminent sport/knee surgeon Mr Dai Rees, which helped shape Rob’s career in sports knee surgery. During his final year as a specialist registrar, Rob was awarded the BOSTAA (British Orthopaedic Sport Trauma and Arthroscopy Association) travelling fellowship in sports surgery. This enabled him to visit centres of excellence throughout the USA, and learn from leading knee surgeons.

Rob is committed to delivering the highest quality treatment to patients following knee injury and helping athletes return to competition.


Gordon MackayGordon Mackay

Gordon MacKay qualified from Glasgow University in 1987. As a newly qualified doctor, Gordon took the unusual route of pursuing a career in professional football and enjoyed a brief spell as a reserve player for Rangers Football Club It was during his playing career that he experienced at first hand the insecurity of injury and the casual attitude to sports medicine at that time.

Gordon returned to medicine a year later and spent the next decade undertaking extensive training and research in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at London University followed by international training and Sports Surgery fellowships at some of the world's leading sports surgery clinics, including Sydney, Adelaide and Sweden. It was during his international surgical fellowships that Gordon embraced the potential of sports medicine with emphasis on early detection of injuries and fast track rehabilitation, not only for professional sports people but for the active population too.

On his return to Scotland, Gordon was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Stirling Royal Infirmary. His research interests allowed him to complete a MD in the Mechanism and Prevention of Injuries in Sports at Glasgow University, strengthening his resolve to work full time on sports injuries.

He has experience in treating a variety of athletes from the Institute of Sport in Australia and Scotland, as well as international rugby players and professional footballers.


Ian McDermottIan McDermott

Mr Ian McDermott is a specialist Knee Surgeon based in Central London. Ian trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and he undertook his orthopaedic specialist training in the North-West Thames region. Ian was awarded his CCST in 2003 and he was then appointed as a Consultant at Ealing Hospital. Ian has now left the NHS and he now works exclusively in the private sector: Ian is the founder and Managing Partner of London Sports Orthopaedics, with a clinic in the centre of The City of London and operating out of London Bridge Hospital.

As a trainee, Ian was the President of BOTA, and he was then the youngest ever surgeon to be elected as a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons. Ian is still actively involved in medical politics and he sits on the Board of FIPO. Ian has always maintained a keen academic interest. In 2003 he was awarded the BASK President’s Medal for his research into meniscal repair, and in 2004 he was awarded an MS higher degree from Imperial College for his research into meniscal transplantation. In 2005 Ian was appointed an Honorary Professor Associate at Brunel University, in the School of Sport & Education. Ian is also on the Editorial Board of both the Orthopaedics and Trauma journal and The American Journal of Sports Medicine, as well as being a regular reviewer for the Bone and Joint Journal and The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Ian is now the President of the UK Biological Knee Society and he is a founding member of the Sports Orthopaedics Research Foundation, which promotes audit and research in the independent sector.

Ian’s specialist interests include meniscal repair and meniscal transplantation, articular cartilage grafting, the use of biological glues and ‘Biological Knee Replacement’ (multiple simultaneous complex soft tissue reconstructions). Ian has also pioneered the use of custom-made partial and total knee replacements in the UK.


Mike RiseburyMichael Risebury

Mr Risebury’s medical education started at Cambridge University’s Pembroke College, where he gained an MA (Hons) Degree in Cognitive Psychology in 1995. He completed his MB BS (Hons) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, London in 1998. Pre-registration House Officer posts in medicine and surgery were at Kingston Hospital and St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey. His Basic Surgical Training was in S.E. Thames, and a keen interest in Orthopaedic Surgery developed into a period as a Senior House Officer in Orthopaedics at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

After working as a Registar Fellow in Southampton University Hospital he gained a place as a Specialist Registrar on the Wessex Training Programme in 2004. From January 2009 Mr Risebury spent 12 months in Brisbane, Australia working at The Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre with Dr Peter Myers and Dr Peter McMeniman. This Internationally recognised Fellowship in Knee Surgery and Sports Orthopaedics helped prepare him for a Consultant Post as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in all aspects of Knee Surgery.

Having worked as a Locum Consultant in Orthopaedics at Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust from July 2010, he was appointed into a substantive (permanent) Consultant Post as of November 2010. Since then his private practice has developed at The Hampshire Clinic. His practice includes all aspects of Knee Surgery. Special interests are sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, meniscal preservation (repair), cartilage surgery, osteotomy (re-alignment), aswell as total and partial knee replacement. He also performs hip replacement surgery.

Mr Risebury is actively involved in teaching programmes for other medical professionals, regularly lecturing nationally and internationally. He has been a faculty member on several courses teaching surgical technique in areas such as ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and osteotomy.

Research is an important part of his ongoing professional development, and he has presented and published several scientific papers on various aspects of orthopaedics and particularly knee surgery.


Tim SpaldingTim Spalding

Tim is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at the University Hospitals Coventry Warwickshire NHS Trust. He qualified from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London in 1982 and completed a fellowship in knee and sports surgery in Toronto, Canada in 1995. He has been specialising in knee surgery since that time.

Tim's interests cover the range of knee surgery including arthroscopic anterior and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction for the unstable knee, meniscal surgery and reconstruction for the torn footballer’s cartilage, surgery for patello-femoral problems, articular cartilage repair and autologous chondrocyte transplantation for joint articular surface damage, through to osteotomy and joint replacement for the worn knee. More recent interests include meniscus transplantation and he has now done over 100 such cases which is the most in UK.

He is also actively involved with research and teaching both nationally and internationally. Most recently he is one of the lead developers of the National Ligament Registry dedicated to analysing and improving the outcome of Anterior Cruciate ligament reconstruction.


Paul SuttonPaul Sutton

Mr Paul Sutton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at Northern General Hospital, with a private practice at Claremont.   He had his orthopaedic training in Leeds and was appointed as an NHS consultant in May 2001. Prior to this, Mr Sutton spent a year in Auckland working with an internationally renowned group of knee and sports trauma surgeons.

Mr Sutton graduated as Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Sheffield University in 1990 and was a general surgical trainee in Sheffield and Leeds. After passing the FRCS examination and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of both England and Edinburgh he joined the Yorkshire Orthopaedic Training Programme in 1995. Whilst on this programme he developed his interest in knee and sports related Orthopaedics. Paul furthered his interest and expertise in knee and sports surgery with a twelve-month period spent working at the Adidas Sports Medicine Institute in Auckland, New Zealand with Barry Tietjens and his partners Bruce Twaddle and Stuart Walsh. This unit is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence for sports and knee surgery.

Paul Stton was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Knee Surgery to the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in May 2001. Working almost exclusively as a knee surgeon he treats patients with a wide range of knee and lower limb sports related conditions.


Peter ThompsonPeter Thompson

Peter Thompson is a consultant specialist knee and trauma surgeon at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire.

He qualified from Birmingham University Medical School in 1992 and completed specialist training in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in London in 2004 before undertaking a fellowship in Knee, Sports and Arthroplasty Surgery in Victoria, Australia. His interests cover a full range of knee problems from sports injuries to the treatment of the arthritic knee.

He is committed to training junior surgeons at UHCW, teaching various aspects of knee surgery at both national and international meetings as well as lecturing at Warwick University.


Adrian WilsonAdrian Wilson

Mr Wilson is a consultant knee surgeon. He 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 joined the North West Thames Orthopaedic training scheme in 1999. He completed his training in Australia with a 12 month fellowship in knee surgery at The Brisbane Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Centre. He has developed an interest in knee osteotomy and co-chairs the annual Basingstoke knee osteotomy masterclass. Mr Wilson also has an interest in ligament reconstruction and has recently designed new instruments for anatomic ACL reconstruction.


Sam YasenSam Yasen

Mr Yasen trained in King's College London, graduating with Triple Distinction in undergraduate medicine and Honours in BSc in physiology in 2006. He also holds degrees in Engineering (MSc, with distinction) from Cardiff University, and Teaching (PGCE with distinction) from Bristol University.

Mr Yasen undertook surgical training in the Wessex region and was awarded the Sir Walter Mercer Medal for Trauma & Orthopaedics and The McLeod medal for Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2014. Sam’s Fellowship training was in Trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (2015), and in Knee surgery with Professor Adrian Wilson, Basingstoke Hospital (2016).

He is currently an Honorary university appointed Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton, a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and is a current member of BASEM.


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