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
Competitive travelling award for world view on
Bioprocessing methods to maintain
the viability of osteochondral allograft tissue
used in cartilage regeneration surgeries

Pitch @ the Palace Alumnus
HRH Duke of York’s North West Regional
Winner. Promedstem. Stem cell augmentation of
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
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
Trainer of the Year, runner

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 &
AAOS American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AANA Arthroscopy Association of North America- Richard O’Connor Research Award Winner
BASK British Association for Surgery of the Knee
BKS UK Biological Knee Society – President
BOA British Orthopaedic Association
BORS The British Orthopaedic Research Society
BOSTA British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association
BMA British Medical Association
ESSKA European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy
EFFORT European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
ICRS The International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society
ISAKOS International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
UK Biological Knee Society 2020 – present President and Director of the Charity
The International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society 2015 –present
2019 – 2021
Global Registry Committee member.

Chair Registry Committee General Board Member

UK National Ligament Registry 2015 – present Steering Group Industry Liaison Officer
Nat. Inst. for Health and Care Excellence 2014 – present Clinician advisor Recognised as an expert in cartilage repair and joint offloading to advise on technology appraisals and treatment indications
Advisory Board Member EPSRC
University of Leeds
2017 – present Optimising knee therapies through improved population stratification and precision of the intervention
Honorary Senior Lecturer
University of Manchester
2019 – present Supervising PhDs and innovative research on novel ACL reconstruction technology and Graphene applications in orthopaedics.
Liverpool University Hospitals 2019 – present Co-Chair Orthopaedic Research Committee
Orthopaedic Product News Knee 2018 – present Chair and designing annual meeting
Conference Leeds
University College London
2018 – 2019 MD (Res) External Examiner
University Hospital Aintree Teaching Hospital Major Trauma Centre, NHS Foundation Trust 2013 – 2019 Consultant Trauma & Soft Tissue Knee Surgeon
Warrington General Hospital NHS Trust Honorary Professorship 2001 – 2013 Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
Directorate of Sport -School of Health Care. The University of Salford 2006 – 2018 Honorary Professorship
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
Tayside Health Board Research Fellow in Surgery 1995
University of Dundee Honorary Research Fellow 1995


  • 15 International Educational Resources
  • 2 Invited Editorials
  • 49 Peer-reviewed Papers
  • More than 145 National and International Podium Presentations
  • More than 100 National and International Poster Presentations


  1. Book chapters
  2. Peer-reviewed papers
  3. Invited articles
  4. Presentations
  1. London Research Course 2019
  2. Orthopaedic Product News Knee Course, Leeds. 2017, 16, Chair 2020, 2019,18
  3. British Association for Surgery of the Knee 2020, 2019,18, 2017, 2016, 2015
  4. The Clinical Negligence Debate, Manchester 2019, 18, 17
  5. NHS Resolution 2019,18
  6. Combined Bristol & Oxford Unicompartmental Knee Arthritis Symposium 2019,18, 14
  7. ICRS 2020,2019, 18, 15
  8. ICRS Focus Meeting “One step Cartilage repair”, Rome 2019
  9. Stem Cell Symposium Convener 2018,2019
  10. Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Meeting 2018
  11. ESSKA 2018, 04
  12. Biological Knee Society Congress 2019,18, 17, 16
  13. Northern Osteotomy Course 2020, 2018, 17
  14. Knee repair symposium Utrecht, 2017
  15. Basingstoke Osteotomy Meeting 2017
  16. London Knee Meeting 2017,16,15, 14, 13
  17. Middle Eastern North African Arthroscopy Course Iraq 2017
  18. Royal Society of Medicine 2017, 16, 15
  19. Wellspring Clinic Uganda 2017
  20. Warwick Sports Knee Congress 2016, 04
  21. British Orthopaedic Association. 2019,18, 15, 13, 12
  22. European Congress of Trauma & Emergency Surgery 2015
  23. Barcelona Knee Meeting 2015
  24. European Masters Fracture Forum 2015
  25. IASKOS 2013, 11, 09, 05
  26. Advanced Concepts in Cartilage Repair Barcelona 2012
  27. Rehasport Poznan 2011
  28. British Trauma Society 2011
  29. Current Concepts in Cartilage Repair Berlin 2010
  30. AAOS 2009
  31. SUMMIT Meeting Brussels 2009
  32. AANA 1997