Having graduated from Cambridge University in 1999, Mr Mark Gaston completed basic surgical training in Edinburgh followed by orthopaedic training as Clinical Lecturer in Edinburgh. He then undertook two years of specialist orthopaedic training: one year specialist neuromuscular orthopaedic fellowship in Basel, Switzerland and one year senior clinical fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics, RHSC, Yorkhill, Glasgow.
Mr Gaston has completed a PhD during orthopaedic training investigating fracture healing and the immune system. He has published in excess of 40 peer reviewed academic articles and provide review for three orthopaedic journals and NIHR. He has been awarded seven grants related to his research including the RCSEd Cutner Orthopaedic Fellowship and has been awarded several major prizes including the BORS-ORS Travelling Fellowship 2008 and the Joint Action Travelling Fellowship 2010. Mr Gaston has an ongoing programme of research in orthopaedics involving international collaborations with colleagues in Switzerland and Australia and publish regularly in this area.
Mr Gaston was appointed as consultant in orthopaedic surgery, NHS Lothian in 2011 and a significant portion of his practice is at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) Edinburgh. His practice incorporates all aspect of orthopaedics and trauma for children, the orthopaedic management of neuromsuclar conditions in all ages and specialist foot and ankle surgery in adults. He runs multidisciplinary sub-speciality clinics in the orthopaedic treatment of neuromuscular conditions. He is the clinical specialist of the gait analysis service for this region and assess patients of all ages on a weekly basis in the gait laboratory, based in the SMART centre at the Astley Ainsley Hospital.