Consultant Profile: Mr Allan Stirrat MB ChB, FRCS (Ed)


Mr Allan Stirrat MB ChB, FRCS (Ed)

Practising at:

Spire Washington Hospital

    Orthopaedic surgery
    Elbow surgery
    Hand surgery
    Shoulder surgery
    Upper limb surgery
Special clinical interests:

Arthroscopic surgery; rotator cuff disease; instability and arthritis of the shoulder; rheumatoid disease; injuries of the hand and peripheral nerves; trauma in general.

Research interests:

Peripheral nerve injury; rheumatoid disease; arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder.

Year of first medical qualification:


Current NHS and /or university posts:

Clinical Lecturer at the University of Newcastle
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Fellow British Orthopaedic Association
Member of British Society for Surgery of the Hand

Professional profile:

Upon entry to the orthopaedic speciality in 1985 it was my intention to pursue a career in upper limb surgery, with a background in vascular surgery from Liverpool and basic training in hand surgery at Northwick Park Hospital, London.

I was appointed as senior resident on the Harvard Orthopaedic programme at the Massachusetts General Hospital for one year in 1986/87. Higher surgical training then followed at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital with a special interest in peripheral nerve injury.

I was appointed consultant at Sunderland Royal Hospital in 1991 and held the post of Clinical Director in Trauma and Orthopaedics from 1997 – 2000. I am responsible for organising post graduate training in surgery of the shoulder and elbow for the Northern Region. I was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee at Spire Washington Hospital from 1994 – 1997.

Personal profile:

I am enthusiastic about my practice which has become increasingly focused on the upper limb both in the NHS at Sunderland Royal Hospital and privately at Spire Washington Hospital.

My spell in management as a clinical director has given me much insight into the delicate balance between patient expectations, the cost of healthcare and the responsibilities of the medical profession.

I enjoy sport, which forms a significant proportion of my clinical work.