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Mr Dan Henderson

Mr Dan Henderson

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
MB ChB Msc PG Cert FHEA FRCS

Practising at

Spire Leeds Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Dan Henderson at Spire include:

Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder

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Professional profile

I am a consultant orthopaedic sports, shoulder and upper limb surgeon, specialising in the treatment of disorders of the shoulder and elbow. This ranges from sports injuries and recurrent instability, to problems of the rotator cuff and arthritis.

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2005 having undertaken a joint degree in Medicine and German, with time spent working and studying in both Germany and Austria, and gaining the degree of MBChB with European Studies.

Following basic surgical training and a one-year period as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, I completed my higher orthopaedic training in Yorkshire in 2016. During this period, in addition to the award of my Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Trauma & Orthopaedics, I also completed a Masters Degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds, graduating with distinction, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education leading to the award of a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Following completion of training I was fortunate enough to be awarded a one-year fellowship at the world renowned Alps Surgery Institute in Annecy, France, with Dr Laurent Lafosse, one of the pioneers of modern shoulder surgery, during which time I trained intensively & conducted research in the most modern and cutting edge techniques in arthroscopic shoulder preservation and joint replacement. Over this period I also had the privilege of visiting and working alongside some of the current leading figures in world shoulder surgery including Dr Gilles Walch, widely regarded as the godfather of the modern-day Latarjet procedure and a pioneer in the field of shoulder replacement, and Professor George Athwal, Associate Professor of Surgery & clinician-scientist at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and one of the current pioneers in the field of shoulder biomechanics.

I followed this with a further fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa, at the internationally acclaimed University of Cape Town Upper Limb Unit, based at the world famous Groote Schuur Hospital, with Professor Steve Roche and Professor Basil Vrettos, as well as spending time with another of the pioneers of modern shoulder surgery, Dr Joe de Beer, at the Cape Shoulder Institute. This time provided a huge exposure and experience in both modern and cutting edge shoulder surgery within a research-focused university clinic, as well as unparalleled experience in the complex treatment of the delayed presentation of shoulder and elbow problems such as arthritis, dislocation & trauma, intrinsic to Cape Town's unique position as a first-world centre within South, Southern & sub-Saharan Africa.

I was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2017 & took up post following my return from South Africa at the beginning of 2018. I have a general trauma practice based at Leeds General Infirmary and an elective shoulder and elbow practice in the Leeds Upper Limb Unit, the regional tertiary referral centre, based at Chapel Allerton Hospital. I also hold an Honorary Senior Lecturer post with the University of Leeds and a research role within the NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, currently the most highly cited English Higher Education Institute and NHS organisation respectively in the area of musculoskeletal diseases. I am the author of several book chapters and numerous articles in international scientific journals. Fundamentally I have a strong belief in taking the time to listen to and examine my patients and, bringing together my broad scientific and international experience in the treatment of shoulder and elbow problems, help each patient understand the nature of their problem and so involve them fully in the process of tailoring an individual treatment plan to each patients unique situation. I am a firm believer in exploring all the treatment options available, whether personalised rehabilitation and non-operative management with the input of specialist shoulder physiotherapy, non-surgical treatments such as guided injections, or, when appropriate, arthroscopic or open surgical intervention, involving my patients in the decision making process every step of the way.

My elective practice covers the whole range of shoulder joint replacement and both arthroscopic and open shoulder and elbow surgery. I offer both anatomic and reverse polarity shoulder replacements, as well as treatment for tennis and golfers elbow and nerve compression at the shoulder and wrist. I have a particular specialist interest in arthroscopic surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff disorders and shoulder instability.

Clinical Interests

Orthopaedic surgery
Elbow surgery
Arthroscopy
Shoulder surgery
Upper limb surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB (Euro) / University of Manchester / 2005
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with European Studies

MSc / University of Leeds / 2013
Masters in Medical Engineering

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2015
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons

PG Cert / Staffordshire University / 2016
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education

FHEA / Higher Education Academy / 2017
Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons, England
British Elbow and Shoulder Society

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Current NHS posts

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds

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Personal Profile

In addition to my orthopaedic practice I am dedicated to my young family and to making the most of the great outdoors with them. Being based in Yorkshire, and more recently in the French Alps and Western Cape of South Africa, has given me wonderful opportunities to indulge and share my passions for the outdoors; skiing; ski-mountaineering; climbing; mountain biking; road cycling; hiking; camping; surfing and kite surfing. My life-long ambition is to have my children surpass me in all of these things.

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Private contact details

Private secretary Sorelle Hartley
Private secretary telephone 07850 207468
Private secretary email sorelle.hartley@spirehealthcare.com