Mr Simon Lambert

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Total elbow replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder and elbow arthroscopy
  • Shoulder stabilisation

I have recently been appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University College Hospital in central London to undertake complex and revision reconstruction of difficult conditions of the shoulder and elbow. My particular interests are in the reconstruction of post-traumatic deformity, neuromuscular disorders of the shoulder and elbow, soft tissue reconstruction for rotator cuff disease and instability of the shoulder and elbow, and complex and revision joint replacement and rehabilitation in the shoulder and elbow. I will help develop the shoulder and elbow service at UCLH into the leading tertiary referral centre in London and the South East for the treatment of infection and revision joint replacement in the shoulder and elbow.

I am an Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to The States of Jersey, and hold several visiting honorary consultant positions in hospitals around the UK, helping colleagues with difficult surgical cases. I am a Corresponding Member of the German Trauma and Orthopaedic Society, International member of the Innsbruck Shoulder Society, and Gold member of AOTrauma.

During my training I was invited to two AO Fellowships in Switzerland working under Professors Gerber and Hertel, both shoulder surgeons of international reputation. I was appointed as Consultant to the University Hospital of Southampton in 1996, developed the busy orthopaedic trauma service at that hospital, and was awarded the prestigious North American Travelling Fellowship of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (ESSSE) in 1998. I was appointed to the staff of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 2001, working with Mr Ian Bayley, and developed the service into a nationally-regarded centre for specialist shoulder rehabilitation.

I have published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, editorials and reviews, and 15 book chapters, including a revision of the chapters on the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint in Gray’s Anatomy, on a wide range of topics related to the shoulder and elbow. I am completing an MD thesis in UCL on fixed-fulcrum total shoulder arthroplasty. My major research interests are on the anatomy of shoulder pain, the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder girdle, joint replacement of the shoulder and elbow, including novel prosthetic designs for the elbow in conjunction with colleagues at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Medicine at UCL, and the functional outcome of shoulder fractures. I review papers for several major orthopaedic journals including the JBJSAm, BJJ, JSES, and Shoulder and Elbow, being on the editorial board of the last. i have also been invited to participate on a new International editorial board of a major German orthopaedic and traumatology surgical techniques journal, and to the second International Consensus meeting on periprosthetic joint infection in Philadelphia.

I am Chairman of the Upper Extremity Expert Group of the AO Technical Commission in Switzerland, have convened and chaired Masters' level cadaver-based surgical anatomy courses which I developed for the AO, and have helped in the design of several trauma implants currently in global use. I have participated in the recent redesign of the revision total shoulder replacement NJR data sets, and has been active in the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, as Treasurer, Secretary, Ordinary Council member, and Education Committee member. I am active in ESSSE/SECEC having served on the Website and Rehabilitation committees, and I'm a founding surgical member of the European Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society. I enjoy teaching others at all levels of experience about the shoulder and elbow, and give lectures internationally, but value greatly the interaction with colleagues more locally.

I participate in the hospital-based audit of surgical practice at Spire Bushey, and invite comments from patients through the iWantGreatCare web-based feedback system in order to make sure that my patients receive the best possible care. Details of all joint replacements undertaken at Spire Bushey under my care are entered into the National Joint Registry database for long-term follow-up. Further detailed information can be found on my website which can be accessed through this page.


General Medical Council Number: C2923642

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Simon Lambert at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Tennis elbow
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Total elbow replacement

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Clinical interests

Special Clinical Interests: Tendon degeneration in an animal model of rehabilitation. Trial of cemented v uncemented total elbow replacement. Tissue repair and regeneration: fibroblast characterisation in frozen shoulder syndrome. Stem cell biology: effect of rehabilitation on tendon healing to bone (rat model). Rotator cuff pathology in wheelchair users (accelerated model of rotator cuff disease). Scapular fracture classification; clavicular morphology; proximal humeral geometry.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Upper Extremity Expert Group, AOTK

Scapular Fracture Classification Group, AO CID

Professional leadership

Clinical Lead, European Multicentre Epoca Resurfacing Study Group
Secretary-elect and Council member, British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
Rehabilitation Committee (past member, Website Committee), SECEC
Education Committee, EUSSER

Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - University College London Hospital 

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, 

Contact information

Telephone 020 8901 5587
Private secretary Stephanie Sahajpal
Private secretary fax 020 8901 5552
Private secretary email