Mr Nick Cullen
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS, BSc(Hons), FRCS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
For the last 10 years, I have been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). I specialise purely in disorders of the foot and ankle. The RNOH is a national centre of excellence, and the foot and ankle unit is a tertiary referral unit dealing with complex cases that have been referred from centres all over the United Kingdom.
I qualified from UCH and Middlesex school of medicine in 1993, worked as a junior doctor in London and Cape Town, South Africa before embarking on my orthopaedic training on the Middlesex hospital rotation. I have undertaken postgraduate fellowships at the RNOH Stanmore and Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge. I am actively involved in research and in the training of the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. I work closely with physiotherapists, orthotists, podiatrists and osteopaths tailoring care to each patient’s needs.
I deal solely with problems of the foot and ankle. My interests include sports injuries, toe deformity, bunions, arthroscopy, arthritis, and tendon disorders. I deal with many revision and complex cases. I see over 800 new patients and perform over 500 foot and ankle operations per year.
I am actively involved in teaching, I am the co-convenor of the internationally renowned Stanmore foot and ankle course. I lecture on the regional orthopaedic training programmes and nationally on various courses including the British foot and ankle society. I am involved in the training of nurses, physiotherapists and other health care professionals.
I publish regularly in the peer reviewed foot and ankle literature, I have presented at national and international scientific meetings. I am the Audit lead in the foot and ankle unit at the RNOH.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nick Cullen at Spire include:
Ankle surgery, ankle replacement, ligament repair, ankle fusion, toe deformity correction, tendon transfers, flat foot correction, Achilles tendon problems, Ankle fracture, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, ankle arthroscopy.
Clinical tip: revision first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis for sagittal plane malunion with an opening wedge osteotomy using a small fragment block plate. Cullen NP, Angel J, Singh D, Smith J, Dudkiewicz I. Foot Ankle Int. 2005 Nov;26(11):1001-3.
Plantar fasciitis: a review. Cullen NP, Singh D. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Feb;67(2):72-6.
Is peroneum friction syndrome complicated by sesamoid fatigue fracture: a new radiological diagnosis? Case report and literature review. Bashir WA, Lewis S, Cullen N, Connell DA. Skeletal Radiol. 2009 Feb;38(2):181-6. doi: 10.1007/s00256-008-0588-3.
Acute compartment syndrome--a life and limb threatening surgical emergency. Malik AA, Khan WS, Chaudhry A, Ihsan M, Cullen NP. J Perioper Pract. 2009 May;19(5):137-42.
Fixation of an Akin osteotomy with a tension suture: our results. Cullen NP, Angel J, Singh D, Burg A, Dudkiewicz I. Foot (Edinb). 2009 Jun;19(2):107-9. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2009.01.009. Epub 2009 Mar 18.
Rheumatoid forefoot reconstruction. Amin A, Cullen N, Singh D. Acta Orthop Belg. 2010 Jun;76(3):289-97.
SPECT-CT imaging of obscure foot and ankle pain. Williams T, Cullen N, Goldberg A, Singh D. Foot Ankle Surg. 2012 Mar;18(1):30-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2011.01.009. Epub 2011 Feb 12.
Levels of evidence in foot and ankle surgery literature: progress from 2000 to 2010 Zaidi R, Abbassian A, Cro S, Guha A, Cullen N, Singh D, Goldberg A. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Aug 1;94(15):e1121-10.
The demand incidence of symptomatic ankle osteoarthritis presenting to foot & ankle surgeons in the United Kingdom. Goldberg AJ, MacGregor A, Dawson J, Singh D, Cullen N, Sharp RJ, Cooke PH. Foot (Edinb). 2012 Sep;22(3):163-6. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 20.
Open ankle arthrodeses via an anterior approach. Gordon D, Zicker R, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar;34(3):386-91.
Comparison of three different fixation methods of calcaneal osteotomies. Abbasian A, Zaidi R, Guha A, Goldberg A, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar;34(3):420-5.
Ankle Arthroscopy: A Study of Tourniquet Versus No Tourniquet. Zaidi R, Hasan K, Sharma A, Cullen N, Singh D, Goldberg A. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Dec 27
Oedema of the abductor digiti quinti muscle due to subacute denervation: report of two cases. Chimutengwende-Gordon M, O'Donnell P, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Mar;20(1):e3-6.
Foot and Ankle International: 2006 Dec 27, Variation of the distal metatarsal articular angle with axial rotation and inclination of the first metatarsal.
Foot and Ankle International 20013; 24 Comparison of three different fixation methods of calcaneal osteotomy
Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust, Stanmore
I live in Hertfordshire with my wife and two children. I am a keen sportsman, having captained my university 1st XV at Rugby, I went on to be part of the medical team at Saracens and now coach, and am a keen rugby fan! I try to keep fit, and have managed to struggle around a few sprint triathlon events in recent years. Otherwise I like to travel, and wine taste!