Mr Mike McNicholas

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

Directorate of Sport – University of Salford

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Musculoskeletal Biology – University of Liverpool

Book Appointment

Mr Mike McNicholas is a Consultant Soft Tissue Knee and Trauma Surgeon at the University Hospital Aintree, Major Trauma Centre for the Cheshire and Mersey Region.

After completing Knee Fellowships in Edinburgh, Switzerland, America and Japan, he was appointed as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon in Warrington General Hospital (2001), specialising in knee surgery. Mike qualified from the Universities of St Andrews (BSc, 1986), Manchester (MB, ChB, 1989) and Dundee (MD, 2000). His Orthopaedic training was in Dundee, and Edinburgh (FRCSEd Tr & Orth, 2000).

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.

He is regularly invited to teach at national and international meetings, training juniors and other Consultants on arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, knee replacement and trauma surgery. He has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Musculoskeletal Biology at the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool since August 2014 and has held an Honorary Professorship at the Directorate of Sport School of Health Care of the University of Salford from 2006-2018. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and a reviewer for the Medical Research Council, the Bone and Joint Journal and The British Medical Journal.

The Mersey Regional Training Rotation nominated him as Trainer of the Year in 2012. He is Faculty for Train the Trainer, Training Assessment in the Clinical Environment and Advanced Arthroscopy Courses of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Mike is also member of the National Ligament Registry Steering Committee, promoting better outcomes data for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.

His current research interests include; stem cell applications in knee injury, outcomes following arthroplasty, ligament reconstruction, osteotomy, the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis using novel implants. Mike also focuses great interest on outcomes for complex trauma of the lower limb, such as high energy fractures treated by Ilizarov external fixation frames, multiligament injuries and dislocations of the knee and the surgical treatment of gunshot wounds.

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.