Mr Santosh Venkatachalam

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), DNB (Orth), FRCS (Orth)

Specialises in

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement surgery
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion removal surgery and trigger finger release

I specialise in upper limb conditions and problems (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) and sports injuries.

I graduated in medicine in 1993 and completed my basic surgical training in south east of England. I was selected for higher specialist orthopaedic training in the North east region before becoming a consultant in Northumbria Healthcare.

I was selected for a national training number in Northern Deanery and I trained as a registrar in various hospitals in the North east. I was awarded two prestigious upper limb specialist units at Wrightington hospital, and Northern General hospital Sheffield. I have also been awarded visiting fellowships from national organisations like British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) and British Orthopaedics Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA). I have visited and interacted with internationally renowned shoulder surgeons (both keyhole and joint replacement surgeons) in San Antonio (Texas, USA), San Diego (California, USA), Lyon (France) and Nice (France) through these fellowships.

I am actively involved in research, training of junior doctors, allied health professionals (nurses, physiotherapists), education on general practitioners in the region and nationally. I am also a faculty in various regional and national courses for FRCS Orthopaedics, shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty courses. My private practice covers the whole of the north east including Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

I have also authored various chapters in many published books/websites for benefit of junior doctors and post graduate orthopaedic trainees.

I currently have clinics on Tuesday afternoons at Spire Washington and am available for choose and book.


General Medical Council Number: C6041252

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Santosh Venkatachalam at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Elbow surgery
Hand surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury
Upper limb surgery
Wrist surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Arthrosocopic procedures (Key hole operations), Arthroplasties ( joint replacements), Sports injuries, Arthritis.

Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / Kasturba Medical College (Mangalore) / 1999
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Association

British Elbow and Shoulder Society

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh


Current NHS posts

Consultant Upper limb surgeon, Northumbria Healthcare

Personal profile

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young family, play badminton and love travelling. 

Contact information

Telephone 0191 2934355
Private secretary Joan Watson
Private secretary fax 0191 2932575