Mr Michael McNicholas
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
BSc, MB, ChB, FRCS (Edin & Glas) MD, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), FFSEM RSCI
I was trained in St Andrews, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh. I was appointed as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in 2001 to Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. My clinical practice covers all aspects of adult musculoskeletal disorder with particular emphasis on knee surgery, arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction of the knee, sports injuries and knee joint replacement.
In the last 15 years I have performed over 1,000 knee replacement procedures, 6,000 arthroscopies and 1,500 ACL's (figures correct May 2016). I have studied outcomes of meniscus repair, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, multiple ligament reconstruction, hip and knee replacements, including their effect on return to golfing.
I am involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and have won awards for this. I have participated in studies comparing different techniques of articular cartilage resurfacing, the active trial and the summit trial. My continued interest in sports medicine has been recognised by election, without examination, as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
I am regularly invited to teach at national and international meetings, training juniors and other consultants on arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, knee replacement and trauma surgery. I teach on courses for orthopaedic surgeons in trauma surgery, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee and hip and knee replacement surgery. I have been awarded an honorary professorship by the directorate of sport at the University of Salford. This was in recognition of our continued successful collaborations in research and teaching on the rehabilitation of injured sportsmen and women.
I am an honorary professor, directorate of sport – University of Salford. I am also a member of the National Ligament Registry Steering Committee, promoting better outcomes data for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.
The Mersey regional training rotation nominated me as trainer of the year in 2012. I am a faculty for train the trainer, training assessment in the clinical environment and advanced arthroscopy courses of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Michael McNicholas at Spire include:
BSc / University of St Andrews / 1986
Bachelor of Science
MB ChB / University of Manchester / 1989
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRCS / Edinburgh / 1994
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCS / Glasgow / 1994
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSEd (Tr and Orth) / Nottingham / 2000
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
MD / University of Dundee / 2000
Doctor of Medicine
FFSEM RCSI / Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland / 2004
Speciality Fellowship Exam
UK Biological Knee Society - President and Director of the charity
The International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society - Committee member
UK National Ligament Registry - Steering Group Industry Liaison Officer
Nat. Inst. for Health and Care Excellence - Clincian advisor
Advisory Board Member EPSRC - University of Leeds
Honorary Senior Lecturer - University of Manchester
Liverpool University Hospitals - Co-chair Orthopaedic Research Committee
Orthopaedic Product News Knee Conference Leeds - Chair
University College London - MD (Res) External Examiner
Michael McNicholas is an Honorary Senior Lecturer the University of Manchester since 2019. He was Honorary Professor at the University of Salford 2006 to 2018 and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool 2014 to 2020.
He has also been awarded grants of over £1.3 million.
Mr McNicholas is involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and has won awards for this. Current research interests include graphene and stem cell applications in knee injury; ligament reconstruction, osteotomy, cartilage repair and arthroplasty outcomes, including their effect on return to golfing and the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis using novel implants.
Home life is busy as I have six children. I travel a lot for work and pleasure. My other main interest outside medicine is sport. I regularly hike, sail, dive, swim and occasionally play golf. I played water polo for Warrington and I am a St Andrew's University blue in swimming and water polo and Manchester University half maroon in water polo. I have college and university colours in volleyball. I have played rugby for my medical schools and combined Manchester Hospitals and for Madras FP RUFC.