Sam Gidwani

BSc MBBS FRCS DipHandSurg
Consultant Orthopaedic & Hand Surgeon

Sam Gidwani is a consultant hand and wrist surgeon who graduated from King's College, London in 1995. He trained in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in London, Surrey and Bristol. During his formative training he spent six months working in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, where he first became interested in hand surgery.

Having completed his orthopaedic training and FRCS (Tr&Orth) qualifications in 2006, Sam then spent two years working and training in specialist hand and wrist units. This included time at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. He returned to the Pulvertaft Centre as a locum consultant in 2009 for six months, before moving to Guy’s and St Thomas' Hospitals, where he has worked since then. In September 2014 he became the Clinical Lead of the Orthopaedic Department, one of the largest and busiest units in London.

In his current role, Sam’s practice remains focused on disorders of the hand, wrist and forearm, and in 2011 he was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Surgery, by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH).

He runs a regular specialist hand and wrist clinic at St. Thomas' Hospital and provides the wrist trauma service to the orthopaedic department. He is also a consultant to the regional hand trauma service based at St. Thomas' Hospital, working closely with colleagues in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

As an orthopaedic surgeon by background, Sam is well placed to treat disorders and injuries of the bones and joints of the hand and wrist, as well as problems affecting the soft tissues of the hand - such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injury or tendinitis, and Dupuytren's disease. He treats amateur and professional sportsmen and women, and was a member of the team of surgeons dealing with athletes’ hand and wrist injuries during the 2012 London Olympics. He has extensive experience in the minimally invasive technique of wrist arthroscopy, which can play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of painful wrist conditions. Finally his time in Australia with Professor Mark Ross also contributed much to the techniques he uses for the treatment of complex wrist injuries. Sam is actively involved in the training of junior surgeons. He is a member of the faculty for the "Advanced Hand and Wrist Course", held at the Royal College of Surgeons each year. He has also co-convened the St Thomas' cadaveric hand trauma course since 2010.

Vanessa Modely

Medical Secretary - Private

Vanessa Modely is a Senior Medical Secretary based at London Bridge Hospital. Having previously worked in IT, she started her medical secretarial career working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital for a couple of years as a PA in the Oncology department for a large team of Consultants, before starting at London Bridge Hospital in June 2013. She was lucky enough to work as part of the Medical Secretariat covering secretaries across London Bridge Hospital and acquired a broad knowledge of various medical specialities, before joining Mr Gidwani’s private practice.

Amit Pawa

BSc MBBS FRCA EDRA
Consultant Anaesthetist

Amit Pawa is a Consultant Anaesthetist based at Guy's & St Thomas Hospitals, and works with Mr Gidwani at London Bridge Hospital, Platinum Medical Centre and Cromwell Hospital. He qualified from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas’ in 2000, and completed his higher training in anaesthesia in London. He also undertook specialist fellowships in regional anaesthesia, and anaesthesia for liver transplantation, and has been awarded the European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia. He was appointed as a consultant in 2009.

Amit is very experienced in the technique of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia and is currently Chairman of the London Society of Regional Anaesthesia (LSORA). He can offer Mr. Gidwani's patients excellent post-operative pain relief with ultrasound-guided blockade of the nerves of the arm. In many cases patients can elect to have their surgery awake, or lightly sedated, thereby avoiding a general anaesthetic altogether.

Heather Watson

Medical Secretary - NHS

Heather has a long association with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. She spent five years working for the Professor of Physiology at what was then Guy’s Hospital Medical School, before becoming PA to the Secretary of the Medical School. Following a long career break to raise her family she returned to Guy’s Hospital in 2007 to join the busy Department of Orthopaedics, where since 2011 she has worked for Sam Gidwani.