Consultant Profile

Miss Julie McBirnie

Miss Julie McBirnie MB BCh, FRCS(Ed)
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals and Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Arthroscopy
    • Knee Surgery
    • Shoulder surgery
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Sports injury
Special clinical interests:

Shoulder arthroscopy
Arthroscopic reconstruction for rotator cuff repairs; instability etc
Knee arthroscopy
Cartilage grafting

Research interests:

Shoulder injuries in the contact sportsman
Rotator cuff tears and effect on surgical outcomes (National study)
Short stem total shoulder replacement surgery (European study)
Effectiveness of arthroscopic acromioplasty (National study)

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
British Elbow and Shoulder Society
European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 316 2530
Private secretary telephone number:
0131 446 3048
Private secretary email address:
Shawfair Park: 2pm-6pm 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday per month
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I am a fellowship-trained shoulder and knee surgeon (Fellowship in Toronto, 1998-1999).  Over the last 15 years as an Orthopaedic Consultant, I have developed expertise in shoulder arthroscopy and complex shoulder reconstruction. I perform regular total shoulder replacements and reverse geometry shoulder replacements for osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy and post trauma.

I have a special interest in shoulder instability and injury in contact and professional sportsmen and women. I also have an interest in rotator cuff disease, management and prevention.I lecture regularly, nationally and internationally, on these subjects and also perform live surgery in order to demonstrate complex shoulder arthroscopy techniques.

I run bi-annual teaching courses in the UK with a group of experienced shoulder surgeons (The Watanabe Club). These courses aim to train senior orthopaedic trainees and junior consultants in the techniques of shoulder arthroscopy.

Personal profile:

My outside interests include cycling sportifs, swimming and sailing.

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Miss Julie McBirnie

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