Miss Joanna Thomas

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

"The facilities at Spire Southampton are outstanding. Each and every patient is afforded the highest level of quality care."

Specialises in

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in sports injuries, general paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric trauma. My passion is in soft tissue knee injuries; ACL injuries, dislocating patellae, and shoulder injuries including dislocating shoulders and cuff tears. Especially those injuries that occur in growing children as well as young adults. I treat under 18 footballers, rugby players as well as other athletes so I appreciate the need for the multidisciplinary approach with expert physiotherapy as well as orthopaedic care and the importance of the psychological aspect of achieving a quick return to play.

I trained in London and completed my fellowship at Southampton University Hospital. The majority of my elective work is knee and shoulder arthroscopies (keyhole surgery), ligament reconstructions (in the knee and shoulder) especially those in growing children and adolescents as well as young adults. I also specialise in instability of the shoulder and knee cap and perform specialist procedures, for example: ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MPFL reconstructions - in children and young adults. Trochleoplasty (reshaping the patellofemoral joint). Meniscopexy (a treatment for the discoid meniscus). Osteochondral defects in the knee Patella (knee cap dislocations). Shoulder stabilisation.

I am on the faculty of the first British Paediatric Soft Tissue Knee Symposium. In addition to my work I am fellowship director for Paediatric Orthopaedic fellows at Southampton University Hospital, I am involved in teaching our trainees and a lecture around the country and abroad on paediatric and young adult sports injuries.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Joanna Thomas at Spire include:



Other treatments

  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Painful knees
  • Painful shoulder
  • Shoulder instability
  • Sports injuries

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Knee surgery
Paediatric orthopaedics
Shoulder surgery
Soft tissue injury
Sports and exercise medicine
Sports injury
Sports medicine

Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / University of London / 2002
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

FRCS Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Member, British Society for Children's Orthopaedic Surgery (BSCOS)

Member, Paediatric Research into Sports Medicine (PRISM)

Member, British Orthopaedics Association (BOA)

Professional leadership

I am the current Fellowship Director for Paediatric Orthopaedics at Southampton University Hospital.

Research and publications

I have contributed to several orthopaedic text books:

  • Chapter 7: Injures around the Knee, Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma in Clinical Practice. Jan 2016
  • Chapter 11: Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (Club Foot), Paediatric Orthopaedics in Clinical Practice ISBN 978-1-4471-6767-9 
  • Paediatrics: Chapter 25; Fractures of the Radius and ulna, David Warwick, Joanna Thomas, Mike Uglow, Apley’s System of Orthopaedics and Fractures, Tenth Edition


Does late hip dysplasia occur after normal screening in breech babies? AR Morris, JMC Thomas, IC Reading, NMP Clarke on behalf of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI). Accepted by Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics September 2016The Bio-Tribological Characteristic

The Bio-Tribological Characteristics of Synthetic Connective Tissue Grafts. Thomas JMC, Beevers D, Dowson D, Jones MD, King P, Theobald P. Proc Inst Mech Eng [H] Engineering in Medicine, vol.225, pp.141-148. 2011 Acutely Calcified Haematoma Mimicking a Displaced Medial Epicondyle Fracture. JMC Thomas, A Majed, P Ahrens.

Current NHS posts

Consultant, University Hospital Southampton 

Personal profile

I am a keen mountaineer and have led numerous successful expeditions including a successful summit of Mt McKinley in 2005 and several successful ascents of Mt Blanc. I enjoy spending time with my husband and young family.

Contact information

Private secretary Sally Ghafoor
Private secretary telephone 023 8076 4967
Private secretary fax 023 8091 4413
Private secretary email sally.ghafoor@spirehealthcare.com