John graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1987. His basic surgical and orthopaedic training was in the RAF before specialist orthopaedic training in the West Midlands Deanery. He then has Senior Registrar and Fellowship SPINE posts in Hartshill, Oswestry, Adelaide and was the National Spine Fellow in Nottingham.
He has a very busy NHS practice dealing with complex spine pathology with referrals from throughout the UK. He has development several spinal implants which are in use world-wide, lectures in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia and examines for all four surgical colleges in Britain. He was the subject of a BBC documentary 'Your life in their hands' and was also voted one of the top 10 spinal surgeons in a national newspaper survey of British spine surgeons.