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  • Applications for the shoulder fellowship starting in 2017 is now open.
    Please apply by visiting the Unit and sending your CV to Jan Barker
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Jan Barker [Read more]
  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in July 2017
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • Coming up courses:

    The Reading Expert Shoulder Course 15-16 April 2019
    Instructional Course

    Smith & Nephew Expert Connect Centre Watford, United Kingdom
    15-16 April 2019
    Course Convener: Prof Ofer Levy (UK)

  • IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge.

    Available to buy online in - Innovative Design Orthopaedics - [Read more]
  • Shoulder study day for Physiotherapists 26 February 2019 at 18:00 
    at the Royal Berkshire Hoapital.
    Please register your interest by e-mail to: [Read more]
  • For GPs - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • Groundbreaking research from the Reading Shoulder Unit by Prof. Ofer Levy and his team regarding Propionibacterium Acnes and shoulder arthritis. 
    Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?

    This is a very important article in that it suggests the presence of propionibacterium in previously unoperated shoulders with arthritis and furthermore that 'aseptic' failures of shoulder arthroplasty may, in fact, be related to indolent infections with this slow growing organism.
    Read comments by Dr Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.
    [Read more]
  • New Survey on usage of shoulder replacement prostheses.
    Take the survey [Read more]
  • Listen to the BBC Radio4 programme - a day in the operating theatre at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital - Case Notes with Dr Mark Porter on Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK

    Bone Joint J 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 27 25

    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza 
  • Once again we are running the successful Reading Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course on Friday,  30 September 2016
    • Re-Live surgery
    • Lectures
    • Discussions 
    • Clinical session with patients presentations
    • Hand-on workshop on models
    • Workshop for theatre nurses

    CME Points applied (6 CME Points approved by the BOA for the previous course)

      Register early - limited places

    [Read more]
  • The Verso stemless rTSA is approved in Australia & New Zealand by the TGA.
    Its use is launched soon in Australia & New Zealand. 

  • Excellent clinical results over more than 11 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • The Reading Expert Shoulder Course 15-16 April 2019

    Instructional Course
    Smith & Nephew Expert Connect Centre Watford, United Kingdom
    15-16 April 2019
    Course Convener: Prof Ofer Levy (UK)


    The Reading Expert Shoulder Course is a two day advanced shoulder course. All the delegates are experienced shoulder surgeons and “All are Faculty”.

    Day One will cover arthroscopic techniques for treatment of complex instability, arthroscopic bone block, arthroscopic Latarjet, and Biceps procedures. Comparison of different methods of rotator cuff repair, various approaches to manage the massive rotator cuff tear, Suprascapular nerve release and more.

    Day Two will cover advances and innovations in total shoulder replacement, especially reverse TSA and stemless rTSA.
    The course will involve lecture-based discussions but is primarily a cadaver lab course with ample opportunity to practice the techniques taught in the Expert Connect Centre.

    Accreditation - Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

    Participant profile

    This course is an advanced shoulder course aimed at experienced shoulder surgeons who want to further discuss and develop advanced arthroscopic and arthroplasty skills. Ideal candidates are Shoulder Consultant in first 3-4 years of practice, and even more experienced Consultants.

    Course Faculty

    International Faculty

    Prof Ettore Taverna - OBV Hospital Mendrisio, Switzerland
    Dr Carlos Torrens Canovas - Parc de Salut Mar, Spain
    Dr Juan Bruguera - Unidad de Hombro y Codo, Spain
    Dr Bernd Hinkenjann - St. Agnes Hospital Bocholt, Germany

    UK Faculty

    Mr Jaime Candal Couto - Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
    Mr Roger Hackney - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
    Mr Kapil Kumar - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK
    Mr George Arealis – East Kent HUF Trust, UK
    Mr Amar Malhas - Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK
    Ms Julie McBirnie - Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK
    Mr Hannan Mullett - Sports Surgery Clinic Ireland
    Mr Jai Relwani - William Harvey Hospital, UK
    Mr Sunil Sharma - Queen Margaret Hospital, UK
    Mr Giuseppe Sforza - Berkshire Independent Hospital, UK
    Mr Andreas Leonidou - Royal Berkshire Hospital, UK
    And the Reading Shoulder Unit team 



Current Fellows, 2018 

Andreas Leonidou, 
PgDip, MSc, FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Caroline Witney-Lagen, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
George Panagopoulos, MD    


Cormac P Kelly, FRCSI, FRCS Ed(Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Oswestry, United Kingdom.
Juan Bruguera, MD,
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pamplona, Spain.
Hywel Williams, FRCS(Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, York, United Kingdom
Professor Ofer Levy, MD MCh (Orth) FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon
Reading Shoulder Unit, Reading, United Kingdom
Ron Dodenhoff, FRCS(Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Telford, United Kingdom.
Giuseppe Sforza, MD,
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Reading & Redditch, United Kingdom.
Samir Massoud, FRCS (Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Prof. Lennard Funk, BSc. MSc. FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wrightington, United Kingdom
Harry Brownlow FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Tariq Zaman, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Ealing, United Kingdom
'Venkat'  B. Venkateswaran, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pinderfield & Dewsbury, United Kingdom
Amit Bhargava, FRCS(Tr&Orth) - Junior Fellow
Now Consultant Foot & Ankle surgeon, Delhi, India.
Hannan Mullett, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, DublinIreland
Anne Karlse, MD
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Belgium
Kapil Kumar, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Aberdeen, Scotland
Matt Ravenscroft, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Stepping Hill, United Kingdom
Mark Webb, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chester, United Kingdom
Eyiyemi Pearse, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. George's, London, United Kingdom
2006-2007 Sunil Sharma, FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fife, United Kingdom.
2007-2008 Jai Relwani,MS (Orth), DNB (Orth), FRCS (TR&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom.
2007-2008 Omar Haddo, FRCS (TR&Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Whittington Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
2008-2009 Nir Hous, MD Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Rambam Medical Centre, Haifa, Israel. 2008-2009 Peer Konings MRCS(Ed), MD Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Arnheim, The Netherlands.
2008-2009 Greg Heffernan, MB, BCh (NUI), FRCSI (Orth), MSc (Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Cork, Ireland.
2009-2010 Ali Narvani MB BS(Hons), BSc(Hons), MRCS(Eng), MSc(Sports Med.)(Hons), FRCS (Orth & Trauma), MFSEM(UK)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chertsey & St Peters Hospital, Surrey,  &
The Reading Shoulder Unit, Reading, United Kingdom.
2010-2011 Alexander Van Tongel, MD
Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, Ghent, Belgium.
Ehud (Udi) Atoun, MD MCh(Orth)
Riten Prahdan, FRCS
Consultant upper limb Surgeon at George Eliot Hospital, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.
Lora Young, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom.
2012 - 2013
Rupen Dattani, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea & Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
2013 - 2014
Oren Tsvieli, MD 
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Israel
2013 - 2014
Ioannis Polyzois, MD
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chertsey & St Peters, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Georgios Arealis, MD
Consultant Upper Limb and Trauma
Wye Valley NHS Trust, Hereford, United Kingdom
George Mazis, MD
Ernest Fawzi, MD, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Paolo Consigliere, MD
Luis Gerardo Natera Cisneros, MD
Barcelona, Spaim

Visiting Fellows

Ehud Rath, MD - from Israel - Visiting Fellow 1999 and 2001 Mikael Borges from Curitiba, Brazil - Visiting Fellow 2002
Alberto Francés, MD PhD,
Jefe del Servicio de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
Hospital Infanta Elena,
Madrid, Spain
Bulent Bektaser, MD from Ankara, Turkey - Visiting Fellow 2003
Francesco Rosa, MD -from Milano, Italy - Visiting Fellow 2010 Artan Banos, MD , from Crete, Greece/ Tirana, Albania - Visiting Fellow 2010
    Theofanis Vasilakakos - from Greece - Visiting fellow 2010-2011
Cristian Aravena, MD, Santiago, Chile - Visiting fellow 2011-2012 Oren Tsvieli - from Eilat, Israel - Visiting fellow 2012
Luis Gerardo Natero Cisneros - from Barcelona, Spain - Visiting fellow 2012 Jose Luis Martin Alguacil - from Granada, Spain - Visiting fellow 2012 
Guillermo Salmerón - from Almeria, Spain - Visiting fellow 2012 Paulo Santoro Belangero - from Sao Paulo, Brazil - Visiting fellow 2012
Flavio Olivelli - from Milano, Italy - Visiting fellow 2012 Alberto Trimarchi, MD - from Ferrara, Italy - Visiting fellow 2013
Angeles Iriberry - from Buenos Aires, Argentina - Visiting fellow 2013 Belen Porcar Vilar, MD
Valencia, Spain.
Visiting fellow 2013
León Ezagui Bentolila, MD
Barcelona, Spain
Visiting fellow 2013
Giorgio Ippolito, MD
Rome, Italy
Visiting fellow 2014
Silvio Carminati, MD
Giuseppe Verderame
Sicily. Italy
Paolo Consigliere, MD
Joanna Walecka, MD
Poznan, Poland
Joana Bento Rodrigues, MD
Coimbra, Portugal
Giuseppe Della Rotonda, MD
Napoli, Italy
Pinhas Segal, MD
Marta Olmeda Lozano, MD
Madrid, Spain
Rolando Montoya, MD
Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico
Hagai Klein, MD
José Enrique Aroca, MD 
Valencia, Spain
Elias Torrecilla, MD
San Carlos Clinic Hospital, Madrid, Spain
Anna , MD, Spain Albert Ferrando, MD, Valencia, Spain