James graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 1993. During this time James realised an interest in orthopaedics and spent 1 month at the National University Hospital of Singapore
attached to the Orthopaedic Department.
James was a surgical house officer at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in Stoke on Trent. The North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary is a Level 1 trauma centre and James spent 2 months of this time with the Orthopaedic department. James was a medical house officer for the renal team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for six months.
After a busy year of house jobs, James enjoyed teaching undergraduate medical and dental students at Sheffield University. James taught both physiology and anatomy.
James completed a basic surgical rotation at Stoke on Trent. James’s training included Neurosurgery, Cadiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery in addition to Orthopaedics. Being based in a level 1 trauma centre James gained a significant experience of managing multiply injured patients.
James then spent six months at the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital working on the Bone
Tumour Unit and then as a Junior Orthopaedic Fellow .
James passed his exams and became a fellow of the royal college of surgeon in Edinburgh in July 1998.
James commenced higher surgical training on the Stoke – Oswestry Rotation in 1999. This surgical rotation is based at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital in Oswestry and University Hospital of
North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent.
James was introduced to paediatric orthopaedics at Oswesrty by Mr Gwynn Evans and Mr Andrew Roberts. James received an thorough grounding in the treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the
Hip ( DDH) and club feet. James spent time working in ORLAU and gained valuable experience in gait
analysis and the treatment of Cerebral Palsy. It was this experience that inspired James to pursue a career in Paediatric Orthopaedics. James then received further Paediatric Orthopaedic training at
University Hospital of North Staffordshire under Mr Emery and Mr Jon Dwyer.
A major component of Paediatric Orthopaedics is dealing with the paediatric foot and ankle. James took the opportunity to enhance these skills by working on the adult Foot and Ankle Unit at Oswestry. James was further inspired by the training received with Mr Patrick Laing and Mr Nilesh McKwana and developed an interest in adult foot and ankle surgery. James received experience in treating all components of foot and ankle pathology including hind mid and fore foot pathology. James was also
introduced to ankle arthroscopy and ankle replacement.
James completed the National Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in 2005. The fellowship was for one year at the internationally renowned centre for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery and Limb Reconstruction. James’s skills in treating DDH and cerebral palsy were
further enhanced under the tuition of Messrs Bell, Flowers and Davies. James also attended weekly Gait Analysis meetings and James also was introduced to Limb Reconstruction techniques by Messrs Fernandes and Jones. This included the treatment of non-unions, limb lengthening and the treatment of complex limb deformity.
James started training with the Tavistock Section of dartmoor Search and Rescue team in March 2012 and was " badged" in March 2013. James has undergone Level 3 Swift Water Rescue Training and is a "Hasty " member of the running team .
James has a busy family life with his wife and 4 children. James enjoys the out doors and runs untramarathons around the Coastal paths. James has completed the Classic Quarter three times