Ms Susan Alexander
Susan graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1996. Following her basic surgical training in West London, Susan completed a PhD in Molecular Biology at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Imperial College London. Her thesis was based on the identification of novel proteins in articular cartilage and their response to mechanical injury. During this time she discovered an interest in teaching and also completed a Certificate in Adult Education.
Susan undertook her higher orthopaedic specialty training on the North West Thames programme in London, and during this period she also completed an MSc in Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Strathclyde. In this thesis Susan investigated the biomechanical role of the long head of biceps tendon and the effect of superior labral tears on passive laxity of the glenohumeral joint.
Her main passion is in shoulder surgery and she has been trained by some of the most highly regarded shoulder surgeons in the UK. Since 2000 she has worked along side Andrew Wallace in developing novel arthroscopic techniques and has treated several high-profile professional athletes. To complement her sub-speciality training Susan undertook Fellowships in Shoulder Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh with Julie McBirnie and Mike Robinson (2010); and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Stanmore, with Simon Lambert and Ian Bayley (2011).
She was appointed as Consultant in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the RNOH, in January 2013, which specialises in tertiary referrals from across the UK in a wide range of complex and unusual pathology including revision arthroplasty and complex instability. This job is affiliated with University College London and she has been awarded grants to develop a research program in shoulder surgery.
Susan has published in both clinical and scientific peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at numerous international orthopaedic meetings and her work has won several prizes. Susan is actively involved in teaching from medical student to consultant level, and she runs the BSc and MSc clinical orthopaedics module at UCL. She has organised several medical conferences.
In her spare time she taught herself basic video editing and graphic design and founded ‘The Funky Professor.com’, an online anatomy video resource featuring Professor Vishy Mahadevan from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.