Mr Mike McNicholas

BSc, MB ChB, FRCS(Ed & Glasg), MD, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), FFSEM RCSI

President UK Biological Knee Society

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, School of Biological Sciences – University of Manchester

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Mr Mike McNicholas is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon Trauma Surgeon at the Liverpool University Hospitals, Broadgreen, where he has a regional referral elective knee surgery practice treating all aspects of soft tissue knee pathology and sports injuries, with arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, articular cartilage resurfacing, osteotomy and primary partial, total and revision knee replacements.

He was trained in St Andrews, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh and completed fellowships in Switzerland, America and Japan. In 2001, his first consultant post as a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon was at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust followed, in 2012 , at the Aintree University Hospital Regional Major Trauma Unit. He has a medicolegal practice focussing on knee surgery related negligence, and has been invited to lecture on the effects of the Montgomery ruling upon trauma and orthopaedic surgical practice. In the last 19 years he has performed over 1,100 knee replacement procedures, 7,000 arthroscopies and 1,600 knee ligament reconstructions. (*Figures correct Sept 2020.)

He is President of the UK Biological knee Society, who promote reconstruction and regeneration being used to avoid arthroplasty, when approriate. The International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society (ICRS) aims to advance science and education of the prevention and treatment of cartilage disease worldwide, he is a member of its General Board. He is the Chair of the ICRS Global Cartilage Treatment Registry . As a member of the UK National Ligament Registry Steering Committee, he is promoting better outcomes data for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions. He is a clinician advisor to NICE, associate editor and reviewer for several orthopaedic journals. He has written 13 book chapters, over 45 peer reviewed publications, over 145 National and International Podium and over 100 Poster Presentations. He is faculty for train the trainer, training assessment in the clinical environment and advanced arthroscopy courses of the Royal College of Surgeons and regularly invited faculty at national and international joint preservation, ligament reconstruction and arthroplasty surgery meetings.

He has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer the University of Manchester since 2019. He
was Honorary Professor at the University of Salford 2006 to 2018 and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool 2014 to 2020.

He is involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and has won awards for this. Current research interests include graphene and stem cell applications in knee injury; ligament reconstruction, osteotomy, cartilage repair and arthroplasty outcomes, including their effect on return to golfing and the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis using novel implants.

Sport has played a significant role in Professor McNicholas’ life. He was a St Andrews University Blue in Swimming and Waterpolo and has also played Rugby, Volleyball and Football.

Given his background, Mike has a keen interest in sports knee injuries and their management for all levels of players, from Premiership footballers and elite athletes to those who just want to be able to have a kick-about in the garden with their kids. He has insurance allowing treatment of professional sports men and women. His continued interest in sports medicine has been recognised by election as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of lreland.

National Firearms Tactical Medical Instructor GMP TFU 2012
INLPTA NLP Diploma Halton 2011
ATACC Instructor Winsford 2007
FFSEM RCSI Dublin 2004
MD University of Dundee 2000
FRCSEd (Tr and Orth) Nottingham 2000
FRCS Glasgow 1994
FRCS Edinburgh 1994
ATLS Provider Edinburgh 1993
MB ChB University of Manchester 1989
BSc (Medical Science) University of St Andrews 1986
Enhanced recovery project group for Orthopaedic Joint Replacement.
Divisional Award, Contributing to achieving our commonpurpose, Surgery.
Project lead. Proud of Aintree Excellence Awards.
Dynamic Weight Bearing Views of the Patellofemoral Joint Discription and validation of a new technique. Assiotis A, Pengas IP, Nash W, Pillai A., Gayed W, McNicholas MJ. Royal Society of Medicine, Orthopaedic President’s third Prize winning paper. 2015
Trainer of the Year, runner up.
Mersey Regional Trauma and Orthopaedic Training Rotation
58 Society, Liverpool.
Musculoskeletal Tumours presenting to a knee service over 10 years:
A retrospective audit.
SS. Mahmoud, S. Odak, MJ McNicholas
– ranked second amongst 65 orthopaedic posters
Association of Surgeons in Training, Cardiff
Return to sports after reconstruction of isolated ACL rupture
– “Top ten” poster – European Trauma Congress, Slovenia
M. Rathinam, I. Pengas, A. Hatcher, J. E. Arbuthnot,
M. J. McNicholas
Aircast Travelling Fellowship.
British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Orthopaedics Today Technological Advancement Award,
European Society of Sports Traumatology,
Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, London (Co-author)
Richard O’Connor Research Award,
Arthroscopy Association of North America, San Diego
Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Travel Award,
BOA Instructional Course, York
Michael Turner Memorial Prize,
Scottish Orthopaedic Club, Stirling (Co-author)
Urology Prize,
North Manchester FRCS Course
Certificate of Merit:
Medical Science I, Chemistry
Certificates of Merit:
Medical Science II & III, Physiology
1985 & 1986
British Orthopaedic Research Surgery
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Surgery of the Knee
International Cartilage Repair Society
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
British Medical Association
Dance UK Medical Practitioners Directory
Pitch @ the Palace Alumni 2016
BASEM Aircast Travelling Fellowship, Japan 2002
Zimmer Specialist Registrar Development Fellowship 2000
Visiting Sports Medicine Fellow, Harvard Medical School 1999
Visiting Sports Medicine Fellow, Harvard Medical School 1999
Visiting Knee Fellow, Fribourg, Switzerland
DePuy Knee Fellow, Edinburgh 1998
British Orthopaedic Research Society Travelling Fellow 1996
BTayside Health Board Research Fellow in Surgery 1995
University of Dundee Honorary Research Fellow 1995

Dr Mark Caplan

Dr Mark Caplan qualified in 1984 at Liverpool University Medical School and specialised in the field of radiology.  He gained the Diploma of Medical Radiodiagnosis (London) in 1993 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists in 1994.  He developed a sub-specialist interest in ultrasound and MRI scanning with specific expertise in musculo-skeletal disorders and sports injury.

He was appointed as Consultant Radiologist at North Cheshire Hospital in 1996 and works closely with Mr McNicholas, assisting in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of orthopaedic disorders.

Mark has published research papers in spinal, limb and sports injury disorders and continues to be involved in clinical research. He provides lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate trainees and at international conferences. Mark is committed to providing his patients with the highest standards of care using modern radiological techniques in the investigation of orthopaedic disorders and sports injury.

Dr Richard Norris

Richard first started working with Mr McNicholas in 2004 at Warrington Hospital, where they developed services and streamlined pathways for patients with knee injuries from A&E. Richard became the team lead for A&E physiotherapy and Orthopaedic physiotherapy specialist in knees soon after, working alongside Mr McNicholas in clinic to diagnose and manage patients with simple and complex knee problems. In January 2015, Richard moved to Aintree University Hospital to once again team up with Mr McNicholas, where they now work alongside each other in the orthopaedic clinic and conduct important research projects to improve the care of patients with knee complaints.

In 2006, Richard and his wife, Sarah, also set up the Physiotherapy Centre Ltd, a leading provider of healthcare and injury rehabilitation in the North West.  Richard now splits his time between the centre and his NHS work.

Richard has completed post-graduate masters level courses, which compliment his physiotherapy skills, including injection therapy and knee joint aspiration.