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Mr Henry Atkinson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BSc Med Sci, MRCS Edin, FRCS (Tr & Orth) Edin

Practices at: The Cavell Hospital, Hendon Hospital, The Kings Oak Hospital

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Personal Profile

Henry's NHS practice is based at London’s North Middlesex University Hospital, in partnership with the Royal Free Hospital. His clinical duties include the provision of All aspects of Knee Surgery, all aspects of Foot and Ankle Surgery, including minimally invasive bunion and re-do bunion surgery, Sports Injury Surgery, Knee Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), Ankle Arthroscopy, Meniscus surgery, Meniscal repair, Meniscus Transplantation, Biological Reconstruction Surgery, Cartilage grafting surgery, Knee Osteotomy surgery, Knee and Ankle ligament and revision ligament reconstructions (eg. Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL, Posterior Cruciate Ligament PCL, and Ankle lateral ligaments), Primary Hip and Knee Replacement surgery, Custom and Patient-Specific Hip and Knee Joint Replacements. Revision Hip and Knee Replacement surgery, Lower Limb Orthopaedic Trauma, Shockwave Therapy, PRP injections.

As well as working in the NHS, Henry provides Orthopaedic Services in association with London Sports Orthopaedics (LSO) at London Bridge Hospital, Highgate Hospital, Hendon Hospital, Kings Oak/Cavell Hospital and Lyca Health. Henry also provides Medicolegal reporting and is a Director of Think Medicolegal Ltd.

Henry was raised in Hampstead Garden Suburb and lives in North London with his wife and young family. He was educated at Christ’s College School, Finchley and then Westminster School, London.

Henry qualified in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in July 1998, and completed basic surgical training in Edinburgh on the South-East of Scotland BST rotation; attaining the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS) in 2001. His UK Orthopaedic training included periods at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, Edinburgh, Central Middlesex Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, The Hillingdon Hospital, Mount Vernon Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, St Mary's Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. 

He became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2006, and completed his Specialist Registrar training in Trauma and Orthopaedics on the Imperial College North West Thames rotation in July 2008.

In 2008 Henry undertook a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Toronto, St Michaels Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, working with Dr Tim Daniels. He gained Fellowship training in, Sports injuries of the Foot and Ankle, Bunion and Re-do Surgery, Forefoot Reconstruction, Complex Hindfoot Deformity correction, Diabetic Foot Management, Total Ankle Replacement. 

He then undertook a 12 month Sports Medicine and Lower Limb Arthroplasty Fellowship at SportsMed SA , in Adelaide, Australia, working with Drs Greg Keene, Roger Oakeshott and David Martin. He gained Fellowship training in Sports injuries of the Knee, Hip and Ankle, Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Sports Medicine Surgery, Ligament reconstruction, Meniscal surgery and soft-tissue reconstruction, Hip and Knee Primary and Revision Replacement Surgery, and Computer Navigation Surgery. 

Henry also undertook a 4 month Trauma Surgical Elective in Belgrade, Serbia in 1997 where he was first exposed to major trauma patients and the consequences of the civil war. He worked with Doctors from The Clinical Center for Serbia, The Special Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery Banjica in Belgrade, and The Institute of Medicine at Sremska Kamenica, Novi Sad, Serbia. He has regularly visited Belgrade since that time and in 2009 underwent further specialist trauma fellowship training before taking up his Consultant post back in the UK. He gained Fellowship training in Complex Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery and Plastic Reconstruction, Lower Limb Deformity correction and Limb reconstruction, Ilizarov Circular Frame Fixation.

Henry was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at North Middlesex University Hospital in September 2009. He was the hospital Trauma Director until 2012, the Clinical Director for Surgical and Orthopaedics in 2015 and 2016, Clinical Director for Surgical Services 2016 and 2017, and then the Divisional Director for Surgery, Cancer and Associated Specialities between 2017 and 2019. He was also the Medical Advisory Committee Chairman at The Kings Oak and Cavell Hospitals between 2018 and 2021. 

He now holds several strategic roles within the North Central London ISC, and is the Clinical Chair at the Kings Oak and Cavell Hospitals. He was awarded an NHS Clinical Excellence Award in both 2012 and 2018 for the work he has done at North Middlesex Hospital (Clinical Excellence Awards are given to recognise and reward the exceptional contribution of NHS consultants, over and above that normally expected in a job, to the values and goals of the NHS and to patient care). He was listed in the Tatler Best Doctors Guide 2013, as one of Britain’s top 250 Doctors. He also achieved the “I Want Great Care” Certificate of Excellence in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Henry is committed to excellence in patient care and believes that research, development and audit are important components to the promotion of high quality healthcare in the UK. 

During his surgical elective Henry established good links with the Belgrade Medical School and the University Hospitals, which continue to this day. Over a decade of conflict and economic sanctions placed an enormous strain on a previously robust public healthcare system, and witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of civil war strengthened his desire to support the medical community there. Apart from lecturing at medical events, senior staff regularly asked him for guidance and assistance in promoting quality research.  He is proud that even at a distance, and in subjects not directly related to his speciality, that he has been able to share these ideals and important developments with the wider medical community.

Henry has a keen interest in his own research and medical education. In recent years Henry has assisted in the publication of many scientific papers in a variety of subject areas. He has been involved in the design and overseeing of studies, ensuring appropriate use of statistical tools and interpretation of results, and has gained invaluable experience as a supervisor, reviewer and editor of medical literature. 

He has published over 80 original scientific journal articles, and has over 200 other publications.

Henry is also dedicated to passing on his expertise, serving as a Visiting Professor at Belgrade Medical School, Assistant Professor at St George's University and a lecturer at London Metropolitan University and Queen Mary University London (QMUL). He is President of the Orthopaedic World Literature Society OWLS, Journal Reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, The World Journal of Orthopaedics, The Journal of Orthopaedics Surgery and Research, The Annals of Surgery, The Knee, The British Journal of Sports Medicine, British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, Collegium Anthropologicum, WebMedCentral, Traffic Injury Prevention Journal, International Orthopaedics, The World Journal of Clinical Cases, Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Advances in Therapy, Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine, ABER Journals, Research Square, Progress in Orthopedic Science 2019-present, Biomaterials, Journal of Clinical Medicine, International Journal or Environmental Research and Public Health and Applied Sciences.

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

  • All aspects of Knee Surgery
  • All aspects of Foot and Ankle Surgery, including:
  • Minimally invasive bunion and re-do bunion surgery
  • Sports Injury Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Meniscus surgery
  • Meniscal repair
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Biological Reconstruction Surgery
  • Cartilage grafting surgery
  • Knee Osteotomy surgery
  • Knee and Ankle ligament reconstructions (eg. ACL, PCL, and Ankle ligaments)
  • Primary Hip and Knee Replacement surgery
  • Custom and Patient-Specific Hip and Knee Joint Replacements
  • Revision Hip and Knee Replacement surgery
  • Lower Limb Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • PRP injections

Professional Memberships

  • RCS – Royal College of Surgeons
  • GMC – General Medical Council
  • BOA British Orthopaedics Association
  • BASK – British Association for Surgeons of the Knee
  • BOFAS- British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • BMA – British Medical Association
  • BKS – British Biological Knee Society
  • SOTA – Serbian Orthopaedic and Trauma Association
  • ESTROT - European Society of Tissue Regeneration in Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • SICOT - International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology 
  • ISAKOS - International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • MMC – Maltese Medical Council

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