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.