Fellowship Opportunity:

Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. (2022)

Job Description:

Training attachments are available in Edinburgh to appropriate postgraduate applicants in Orthopaedic Surgery. Applicants should be highly motivated and have a  high-quality curriculum vitae.

The Fellow will participate in all aspects of patient care at The New Royal Infirmary including clinics, educational meetings, research and varied surgical procedures. The Fellow will also get an opportunity to complete his/her own operating lists. The fellowship is primarily in arthroplasty, but it may be possible to accommodate related surgical interests.

Experience will be gained in some of the most complex DDH and revision work in UK as well as primary knee replacement and both cemented and uncemented hip replacement surgery. Computer navigation, shoulder, elbow and ankle arthroplasty is also performed.


About the Location:

The climate in Edinburgh is best from May to September, but whenever you go, you’re likely to see both sun and rain. In summer, daylight hours are long, and the evenings seem endless. In winter, it’s cold and daylight hours are short, but with so much going on, Edinburgh is still worth visiting.

Edinburgh is home to some of the best galleries and museums in the UK, so whether you’re into

modern art, want to learn more about Scotland’s history or fancy a trip down memory lane with the toys of your childhood, the city has something for you.


About the Facility:

The New Royal Infirmary opened in 2003 and is said to be one of the finest modern hospitals in Europe. It was designed by doctors and nurses and does a huge volume of arthroplasty surgery.


About the Supervisors:

Mr JT Sam Patton, FRCS(Tr & Orth), FRCSEd, MB ChB undertook his Specialist Orthopaedic Training in Edinburgh and was appointed to the staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Murrayfield Hospital in 2003. Mr Patton is a specialist hip and knee surgeon with particular expertise in difficult joint replacement surgery, and musculo-skeletal oncology surgery. He is currently the head of the Department.

Mr Paul Gaston, FRCS(Tr & Orth), FRCS(Ed), MB ChB (Hons) completed Orthopaedic Training in Oxford and Edinburgh and undertook Specialist Fellowships in lower limb hip and knee joint surgery

in Brisbane, Australia and Edinburgh. Mr Gaston’s fields of interest includes all aspects of hip surgery including complex primary and revision Arthroplasty and hip arthroscopy.

Mr Richard Burnett, FRCS (Tr & Orth); FRCS (Ed); MBCHB undertook his Specialist Orthopaedic Training in London and Edinburgh and was appointed to the staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Murrayfield Hospital in 1995. Mr Burnett is a specialist knee surgeon with particular expertise in complex primary and revision knee joint replacement surgery.

Mr Gavin Macpherson, FRCS (Tr & Orth); FRCS (Ed); MBCHB completed his orthopaedic training in Edinburgh before moving to Sydney, Australia for sub-specialist fellowship training in arthroplasty and sports knee surgery. Mr Macpherson has a special interest in hip and knee arthroplasty including computer assisted surgery, robotic assisted surgery and high tibial osteotomy.


Fellowship Duration:

6 – 12 months commencing every February/August.



£45000 – 12 months (additional earnings available through on-call work).


How to Apply:

To apply, please send your preferred starting dates, training aims and objectives, future job plan, detailed Curriculum Vitae and a reference from your present head of department and head of your local arthroplasty unit to:

This application is for a fellowship starting 1 February 2022. Applications close 30 June 2021. Interviews will be held in July 2021.




Dr Lipalo Mokete

President SAAS