Mohamed Imam
MD, MSc, D. SportMed, PhD, FRCS (Tr and Orth) | Orthopaedics

Professor Imam is a fellowship-trained consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery specialising in upper limb surgery, sports injuries, and complex trauma. Following the completion of specialist training, he undertook international and national upper limb fellowships at distinguished centres of excellence. These included embarking on specialist upper limb fellowships training at three internationally recognised units within the UK: the Wrightington Upper Limb Unit, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and the renowned Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Unit Chertsey, Surrey, where he currently works as a substantive consultant. He also undertook a complex trauma fellowship in Oxford University Hospitals, a Major trauma centre in Oxford.

Moreover, Professor Imam undertook international fellowships, including a fellowship with Professor Christian Gerber, the world-leading pioneer of modern shoulder surgery, at Der Balgrist University Orthopaedic Centre of excellence in Zurich, Switzerland, and a complex trauma fellowship in the BGU Trauma centre in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Additionally, he undertook travelling fellowships to gain up-to-date international experience in Mayo Clinic, The Steadman clinic (US Olympic team centre of excellence) and Stanford University. He was awarded multiple distinctive international awards and travelling fellowships from multiple international institutions, which enabled him to visit multiple centres in Europe and the Americas. He had a fellowship in orthopaedic and trauma surgery presented to him by The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has completed two Degree level theses, including a PhD on the healing of rotator cuff tendons, tears and shoulder biomechanics.

Professor Imam is a professor at the University of East London, leading research on artificial and machine intelligence clinical applications in surgery. He is the founder of multiple international initiatives, including the OrthoGlobe initiative and others. He is the chief investigator leading national and international studies answering many questions in trauma and Orthopaedics. Professor M Imam is heavily involved in research, having published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in top international medical journals and written more than 12 textbook chapters on upper limb injuries. He has authored two books, one on the uses of stem cells in orthopaedics and another reference atlas in shoulder arthroscopy. He regularly presents his research at various national and international meetings. His current research interests include novel materials, the use of stem cells for cartilage and tendon repair, bone marrow concentrate, platelet-rich plasma, ligament and cartilage regeneration-optimising outcomes after total joint replacements, minimally invasive fracture fixation devices, arthroscopy outcomes, bone healing and techniques to aid rapid return to sport after injury. He has designed orthopaedic instruments designed and has published more than ten novel surgical procedures. 

He performs major shoulder tendon repair, reconstruction, tendon transfers, joint preservation, joint replacement, cartilage regeneration, and tendon degeneration and tears. He undertakes modern Joint replacement surgery of the upper limb in patients with advanced arthritis where joint preservation is impossible. He offers total and partial replacement of the joints, including computer navigation and bespoke shape-matched surgery. He operates, using evidence-based practice, on different pathologies in the upper limb. He developed various techniques and modified others that he learned from different pioneers during his fellowships. His practice’s ethos is to provide high-quality, patient-centred care while tailoring each patient’s treatment based on the best available evidence, which may include surgical or non-operative treatment. He is competent in all aspects of upper limb surgery. Professor Imam uses the latest technology in diagnosing different upper limb pathologies.

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