Meet the team
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.
BSc MBBS FRCA EDRA
Dr Amit Pawa is a Consultant Anaesthetist based at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals and works with Mr Gidwani at Guy’s Hospital in the NHS, and at London Bridge Hospital privately. 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 and is now the Specialty and Educational Lead for Regional Anaesthesia at Guy’s & St Thomas’.
Amit lectures internationally on the technique of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia and is an opinion leader in the field. He is a past Chairman of the London Society of Regional Anaesthesia (LSORA) and is currently President of Regional Anaesthesia – UK (RA-UK). 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. The choice of anaesthesia is tailored to the individual, ensuring as comfortable an experience as possible, both during and after surgery.
Sally Ann Ross-Cook
Sally Ann is a very experienced medical secretary and PA, having worked across numerous specialities in the past, both in the NHS and in the private sector, for over 20 years. Prior to working at London Bridge Hospital, she worked at the Princess Grace Hip Unit. She has been running Mr Gidwani’s practice since 2016. Her passions outside of work include travel (often on her motorbike), theatre and fine wine.