MEET THE TEAM
Alder Hey Orthopaedics is led by a team of consultants who benefit from national and international training in their subspecialty areas
MR COLIN BRUCE
Hip Surgery & Spinal Deformity
Mr Bruce was born and educated in North Liverpool. He qualified in Medicine from Liverpool University in 1985.
He developed his interest in children’s orthopaedics after a student elective at the A. I. Du Pont institute in Delaware, USA. Mr Bruce gained his FRCS(Eng) in 1987 and thereafter was trained in orthopaedics on the Liverpool orthopaedic training circuit. During his training he spent three months studying at Massachusetts General Hospital and a further six months studying children’s orthopaedics on the residency programme at Connecticut Children’s Medical Centre, USA.
After completing his training in Stanmore, London as the National paediatric orthopaedic fellow Mr Bruce was awarded his CCST and took his consultant post at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool in 1997.
Mr Bruce is the current President of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery (BSCOS) and is the Treasurer of the North West Children’s Orthopaedic Group (NWCOG). He regularly lectures for BSCOS, NWCOG, and holds Honorary Senior Lecturer posts in Liverpool, Dundee and Edge Hill Universities. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of children’s orthopaedics and trauma with a special interest in paediatric hip and spine disorders.
MR ALF BASS
Mr Bass specialises in the treatment of children with neuromuscular disease and has been a key figure in developing the orthopaedic department at Alder Hey to its current position.
Having overseen the creation of one of the most advanced neuromuscular services in the world including a world class gait laboratory, Mr Bass continues to lead the neuromuscular team at Alder Hey as well as managing complex paediatric trauma.
In 2018 he was named Doctor of the Year by the Well Child charity. He is the immediate past clinical director of the orthopaedic department and is currently the director of the division of surgical care at Alder Hey.
MR NEERAJ GARG
Foot & Hip Surgery
Mr Garg is a general paediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a specialist interest in the management of paediatric foot & hip pathology.
Mr Garg runs the Ponseti service at Alder Hey alongside our expert plaster technicians John Franklin, Val Donmez & Anthony Holden. This treatment of clubfoot has revolutionised outcomes for patients with this condition.
MR LEROY JAMES
Mr James is originally from Trinidad & Tobago and studied medicine at University of the West Indies before commencing his orthopaedic training in the Mersey Deanery.
His fellowship training in paediatric orthopaedic surgery and limb reconstruction took place at Alder Hey, Oswestry and Melbourne, Australia. He has also visited units in Bristol, Milan and Murnau, Germany.
Mr James is a faculty member for several orthopaedic courses and provides specialist services for limb lengthening, amputation, skeletal dysplasia and metabolic bone disorders.
He has a specialist interest in limb deformity surgery, complex foot & ankle pathology, infection and trauma.
Mr James is currently the clinical director of the orthopaedic department.
MR DAVID WRIGHT
Mr. Wright qualified in 1999 from the University of Liverpool Medical School. He continued his higher surgical training in orthopaedics in Merseyside. He completed an international fellowship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada before starting his consultancy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2011.
Mr Wright’s specialist interest is in the management of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders. He is the Director of the North West Movement Analysis Centre. In addition he is the clinical lead for transitional care of patients with Cerebral Palsy in conjunction with Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool.
Mr Wright organises the annual Instructional Course in Paediatric Orthopaedics at Alder Hey as well as being a regular faculty member for the Mersey FRCS viva course and the Bristol Cadaver Course for Operative Techniques in Children’s Orthopaedics.
Mr Wright is an honorary senior lecturer for the University of Liverpool.
PROFESSOR DANIEL PERRY
Professor Perry specialises in Children’s Hip Disease (Perthes’ Disease, Hip Dysplasia and Slipped Epiphysis), Bone Cysts and Trauma. Prof Perry trained in Liverpool and Warwick, before completing a children’s orthopaedic fellowship at SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He has gained additional experience from periods spent in Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Texas, USA, and Gillette Children’s Hospital, Minnesota, USA.
He is a Hunterian Professor from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and recipient of the Robert Jones Medal and Association Prize from the British Orthopaedic Association.
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, is Paediatric Editor of the Bone and Joint Journal and Orthopaedic Trials Lead for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 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.
MR ROGER WALTON
Mr Walton graduated from the University of Liverpool and joined the Mersey rotation for his orthopaedic training.
He completed a fellowship at the Starship children's hospital in Auckland, New Zealand and has spent time with Kerr Graham in Melbourne.
Mr Walton is passionate about education and is a convenor of 3 courses as well as being an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. He is the educational lead for the department and during his tenure Alder Hey was awarded training hospital of the year.
When not working Mr Walton endures life as a Newcastle United fan and enjoys skiing and travelling.
MR HARVEY GEORGE
Mr George trained in India before undertaking further training and paediatric orthopaedic fellowships in the UK.
He later visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in the USA in order to develop his specialist interest in paediatric and adolescent hip pathology including developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Mr George benefits from several degree level qualifications in the orthopaedic sciences and has published and presented widely on the subject.
He regularly passes on his expertise as a faculty member of educational courses such as the Mersey FRCS cours and the Alder Hey paediatric orthopaedic instructional course.
MR CHRIS TALBOT
Adolescent Hip Surgery
Mr Talbot trained in Manchester and completed a fellowship in paediatric orthopaedic surgery at Alder Hey before joining the team as a consultant.
He has visited international centres in order to develop his specialist interest in the management of paediatric and adolescent hip conditions.
Mr Talbot runs a transition service that enables him to provide ongoing care for young people with hip pathology as they move into adulthood.
MR CHRIS PRIOR
Mr Prior trained in Glasgow before moving to Liverpool to complete his orthopaedic training. He later went on to complete fellowships in Leeds and Melbourne, Australia.
Mr Prior has published work on a variety of orthopaedic topics and won regional prizes during his training for research.
He is a regular contributor to the education of trainee surgeons and has previously organised the Alder Hey FRCS instructional course. He is a faculty member on several orthopaedic courses teaching general paediatric orthopaedic surgery, basic science and paediatric limb reconstruction.
Mr Prior has a specialist interest in the correction of congenital and acquired deformities in the upper and lower limbs. He also has a professional interest in the management of complex trauma in children and is the orthopaedic trauma lead for Alder Hey.
MR MARCUS DE MATAS
Mr De Matas leads the spinal surgery unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is a visiting surgeon at Alder Hey providing services for young people with congenital and acquired pathology of the spine.
MR SUDARSHAN MUNIGANGAIAH
I was born and brought up in Bangalore , Karnataka, India. My early schooling was in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Doddaballapur, Bangalore. I graduated in medicine from Rajiv Gandhi university of medical sciences, Bangalore.
I completed my Basic surgical training, Trauma and Orthopaedic training from Republic of Ireland where I was privileged to complete two prestigious fellowships including the EuroSpine accredited European Spine Diploma fellowship at Galway University Hospitals, Ireland and the Combined Paediatric and Adult post CCT spine fellowship at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool.
My practice focuses on both adult and paediatric spinal disorders including, degenerative, deformities, tumours, trauma and infections of spine.
MR NEIL DAVIDSON
Mr Davidson underwent surgical training on the Mersey Deanery rotation following graduation from the University of Leeds.
He completed his spinal surgical fellowship at RJAH Oswestry and Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool. He also completed a visiting spinal fellowship at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
Mr Davidson was appointed as Consultant Spinal Surgeon to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and RJAH Hospital in 2001. He specialises in spinal conditions including all aspects of spinal deformity including scoliosis & kyphosis.
MR JAY TRIVEDI
Mr Trivedi is an adult and paediatric spinal surgeon working at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry as well as at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
He is head of scoliosis surgery at Alder Hey and also treats the whole range of acquired and congenital spinal pathologies in children and young people.
MR JAMES WIDNALL
Neuromuscular Disease & Complex Foot Surgery
Mr James Widnall was born in the North East of England and completed his medical degree at the University of Liverpool.
He was trained in orthopaedics in the Mersey Deanery and developed an interest in foot and ankle surgery as well as paediatric orthopaedics. During training Mr Widnall published widely and won a number of awards including the Hugh Owen Thomas Research prize on two separate occasions. He was also awarded the 'Best of the Best' presentation at the British Orthopaedic Association in 2018.
Mr Widnall completed a 1 year fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics in Sheffield before returning to Alder Hey to complete a further 6 month fellowship focusing on paediatric neuromuscular disease and movement disorders.
He is passionate about providing world class care for the children of Liverpool and the UK and has a particular interest in gait analysis and the management of the complex neuromuscular foot.
In his spare time, James masterminded the popular orthopaedic mobile app 'OrthoFlow', which has now sold many thousands of copies worldwide. He has completed NIHR funded research on the FORCE trial and is widely published in book chapters and journal articles.
MISS VITTORIA BUCKNALL
Miss Bucknall trained in Birmingham before further graduating from the University of Dundee with honours in Orthopaedic Sciences. Following this, Miss Bucknall joined the Edinburgh Orthopaedic Programme where she completed her higher surgical training.
Miss Bucknall went on to complete her fellowship in paediatric orthopaedic surgery at Alder Hey where she joined the team as a consultant.
During training, Miss Bucknall received a number of national prizes for research and education and was awarded the Scottish national prize for best trainee. Miss Bucknall has served as President to the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association and has sat as council on the boards of the British Orthopaedic Association, the Intercollegiate Royal Colleges of Surgeons and the Joint Committee of Surgical Training.
Miss Bucknall is avid about surgical education and delivers both international and national conferences and teaching as well as being a nationally invited guest speaker. As a member of the Selection Design Group, Miss Bucknall continues to organise national recruitment to orthopaedic training.
Miss Bucknall has a specialist interest in paediatric hip surgery from birth to adolescence.
MR NICK PETERSON
Mr Peterson graduated from Liverpool University and spent time working in Melbourne, Australia before returning to join the Mersey trauma and orthopaedic rotation.
During training he was awarded national and regional prizes, published and presented at a national and international level and co-created the mobile application OrthoFlow.
His specialist interest is limb reconstruction surgery and after completing his training in Liverpool he visited units in Baltimore, USA, Cape Town, South Africa and Fukushima, Japan.
Mr Peterson also has an adult limb reconstruction practice at the Broadgreen site of the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and uses his experience in the treatment of congenital and acquired conditions affecting the upper and lower limbs in children to transition their care into adult services.
His practice includes the use of internal and external devices for deformity correction including limb lengthening with lengthening intramedullary nails.
Along with his colleagues in the limb reconstruction department he offers treatment of congenital and acquired deformity, non-unions, post-traumatic deformities and bone infections. Mr Peterson also offers treatment for knee and ankle arthritis.
If you would like your child to be seen by one of our surgeons please contact us
0151 228 4811