Sam Gidwani is a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon at Guy’s & St.Thomas’ Hospitals, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at King’s College London. Having graduated from King’s College London in 1995, he trained in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in London, Surrey and Bristol. During his formative training he spent six months working in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, where he first became interested in hand surgery.
Having completed his orthopaedic training and qualifications, Sam then spent two years “on fellowship”, working and training in specialist hand and wrist units. This included time at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. He returned to the Pulvertaft Centre as a locum consultant in 2009 for six months, before moving to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, where he has worked since then. In September 2014 he became the Clinical Lead of the Orthopaedic Department, one of the leading orthopaedic units in the UK.
Sam’s practice remains focused on disorders of the hand, wrist and forearm, and in 2011 he was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Surgery by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He runs a weekly specialist hand and wrist clinic at St. Thomas’ Hospital and provides the wrist trauma service to the orthopaedic department. His clinic receives referrals from across Central, South and East London. He is also a consultant to the regional hand trauma service based at St. Thomas’ Hospital, working closely with colleagues in the Department of Plastic Surgery.
As an orthopaedic surgeon by background, Sam is well placed to treat disorders and injuries of the bones and joints of the hand and wrist, as well as problems affecting the soft tissues of the hand – such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injury or tendinitis, and Dupuytren’s disease. He treats amateur and professional sportsmen and women, and was a member of the team of surgeons dealing with athletes’ hand and wrist injuries during the 2012 London Olympics. He has extensive experience in the minimally invasive technique of wrist arthroscopy, which can play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of painful wrist conditions. Finally his time in Australia with Professor Mark Ross also contributed much to the techniques he uses for the treatment of complex wrist and hand injuries.
Sam is actively involved in the training of junior surgeons. He is a member of the faculty for the “Advanced Hand and Wrist Course”, held at the Royal College of Surgeons each year. He also founded and has co-convened the St Thomas’ cadaveric hand trauma course since 2010. Finally he is active in hand surgery research, and acts as a reviewer for the the European Journal of Hand Surgery.Further information on Mr Sam Gidwani can be found on their website.