Mr Raj Bhatia is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who runs the Bristol Hand and Wrist clinic, offering excellence in the treatment of all hand, wrist and peripheral nerve problems.

Raj has received specialist fellowship training in the UK and in Sydney, Australia and is widely published in his field. He regularly treats sports injuries, and is the preferred Hand and Wrist Surgeon for both Bristol Rugby Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

With over 20 years experience, and specialist recognition from all major insurers, you can feel assured that you will receive the very best care possible.

Raj Bhatia grew up in Birmingham and went on to study at Manchester University. He obtained a BSc honours degree in Immunology and Oncology in 1991 and graduated as a doctor in 1994. Following his general surgical training in Bristol and Birmingham he was selected for Registrar training in Trauma and Orthopaedics on the Welsh training programme. During this time he developed an interest in basic science research and was awarded a national grant, which enabled him to pursue full-time research and obtain a doctorate (MD).

Raj underwent Fellowship Training in Hand Surgery at internationally renowned units in Nottingham and Sydney, Australia.

He is on the specialist GMC register as an accredited Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon and is a Consultant at Bristol Royal Infirmary, The Avon Orthopaedic Centre and Spire Bristol Hospital.

Raj is dedicated to advancing the field of hand and orthopaedic surgery in order to improve patient care and continues to be actively involved in research, teaching, training and appraisal.

Raj is a dedicated husband and father. His interests include cooking, history, cricket and surfing.

Curriculum Vitae

TEACHING POSTS

Tutor, Bristol University Medical School

Convenor, Bristol Hand Surgery Training Programme for Specialist registrars

Faculty member, Wrist Arthroscopy course, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Faculty member, Nottingham Hand course for Senior Registrars, Quenns Medical Centre, Nottingham

Anatomy Demonstrator, St. George’s Medical School, London (1996 –1997)

Immunology Tutor, Faculty of Science, University of Manchester (1992 – 1994)

Course Convenor Biomet Hand & Wrist Cadaveric meeting

Faculty member Advanced Orthopaedic Examination Skills Course

Faculty member Upper Limb Trauma Course

EXAMINER

Examiner for Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Membership of Learned Societies

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Medical Association

Education

Aston Manor School, Birmingham 1981-1986
Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham 1986-1988
University of Manchester, Faculty of Medicine 1988-1994

Professional Qualifications

BSc(Hons) 2:1 Immunology and Oncology (University of Manchester) 1991
MBChB (University of Manchester) 1994
Primary FRCS 1996
FRCS (Eng) 1998
MD (University of Wales College of Medicine) 2003
FRCS (Tr&Orth) 2004

Consultant Appointments

Consultant Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Marlborough Street
Bristol
BS1 3NU

Hand Fellowships

Jul. 05 – Jan. 06: Hand Fellow
Dept. of Hand & Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Royal North Shore Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Jan. 05 – Jul. 05: Hand Fellow
Dept. of Hand Surgery
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham, UK

Higher Surgical Training – Trauma & Orthopaedics (Wales Training Scheme)

Jul. 04 – Jan. 05: SpR (Year 6)
Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Jul. 03 – Jul. 04: SpR (Year 5)
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

Oct. 02 – Jul. 03: SpR (Year 4)
Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Oct. 01 – Oct. 02: Clinical Research Fellow
Institute of Nephrology & Department of Orthopaedics
University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff

Jul. 01 – Oct. 01: SpR (Year 3)
Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Jul. 00 – Jul. 01: SpR (Year 2)
Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Jul. 99 -Jul. 00: SpR (Year 1)
West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen

Basic Surgical Training

Feb. 99 – Jul. 99: Senior SHO Trauma & Orthopaedics
Cheltenham General Hospital

Nov. 98 – Feb. 99: Senior House Officer Orthopaedics
Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Bristol

Aug. 98 – Nov. 98: Senior House Officer Trauma & Orthopaedics
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Feb. 98 – Aug. 98: Senior House Officer Vascular Surgery
Good Hope Associated Teaching Hospital, Birmingham

Aug. 97 – Feb. 98: Senior House Officer Colorectal / Upper GI surgery
Good Hope Associated Teaching Hospital, Birmingham

Feb. 97 – Aug. 97: Senior House Officer Trauma & Orthopaedics
Bristol Royal Infirmary

Aug. 96 – Feb. 97: Anatomy Demonstrator
St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London

Feb. 96 – Aug. 96 Senior House Officer Urology
Royal Preston Hospital

Aug. 95 – Feb. 96 Senior House Officer A&E Medicine
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Pre Registration Posts

Feb. 95- Aug. 95 Surgical House Officer
Hope Hospital, Manchester

Aug. 94 – Feb. 95 Medical House Officer
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Hand and wrist injuries in professional county cricket.
Ahearn N, Bhatia R, Griffin S.
Hand Surgery Vol 20(1), 2015: 89-92

Total Wrist Arthroplasty
A Mayo and Mr R Bhatia
OA Orthopaedics 2014 Jan 18;2(1):1

Accurate screw arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal joint
G Pickering, J Barnes, R Bhatia
Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2014;96:238-250

Treatment of distal radial fractures with the DVR-A plate – The early Bristol experience
Mr J Loveridge, Dr C Gee, Mr N Ahearn, Mr D Pearson, Mr S Sivaloganathan, Mr R Bhatia
Hand Surgery Vol 18(2), 2013: 1-9

The cadaveric anatomy of the distal radius: implications of the use of volar plates.
McCann P, Clarke D, Amirfeyz R, Bhatia R
Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 Mar; 94(2):116-20

Clinical tests for carpal tunnel syndrome in contemporary practice
Amirfeyz R, Clark D, Parsons B, Melotti R, Bhatia R, Leslie I, Bannister G
Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010 Aug(6)

The volar anatomy of the distal radius-an MRI study of the FCR approach
McCann PA, Amirfeyz R, Wakeley C, Bhatia R
Injury 2010 Jul;41(7):956-8

Katz and Stirrat hand diagram revisited
Amirfeyz R, Mehendale Sm Tyrell S, Bhatia R, Leslie I, Bannister G
Hand Surgery 2010; 15(2):119-22

Salvage of failed Sauve-Kapandji procedure using a total distal radio-ulnar joint replacement
Atwal NS, Clark DA, Amirfeyz R, Bhatia R
Hand Surgery 2010; 15(2):119-22

Benign Soft Tissue Tumours of The Hand
S Miles, RAmirfeyz, R Bhatia, I Leslie
Orthopaedics and Trauma 24 (2010), 181-185

The association between intraoperative correction of Dupuytren’s disease and residual postoperative contracture
Donaldson OW, Pearson D, Reynolds R, Bhatia RK
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2010 March;35(3):220-3

The prognosis of fasciectomy for abductor digiti minimi and pretendinous cords for Dupuytren’s disease of the little finger.
Walton MJ, Pearson D, Clarke DA, Bhatia RK
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2009 14(2-3):89-92

Undisplaced scaphoid waist fractures: is 4 weeks’ immobilisation in a below-elbow cast sufficient if a week 4 CT scan suggests fracture union?
Geoghegan JM, Woodruff MJ, Bhatia R, Dawson JS, Kerslake RW, Downing ND, Oni JA, Davis TR.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2009 Oct;34(5):631-7

Extensor carpi radialis longus avulsion: a literature review and case report
Clark D, Amirfeyz R, McCann P, Bhatia R.
Hand Surgery 2008; 13(3):187-92

Sea urchin spine injuries of the hand.
Ahmad R, Mc Cann PA, Barakat M, Astle L, Case R, Bhatia R.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2008 Oct; 33(5):670-1.

Neutrophil priming for elastase release in adult blunt trauma patients
R Bhatia, C Dent, N Topley, I Pallister
Journal of Trauma (American) 2006, 60; 3: 590-596

Alteration of polymorphonuclear neutrophil surface receptor expression and migratory activity following isolation: Comparision of whole blood and isolated neutrophil preparations from normal and post-fracture trauma patients
I Pallister, R Bhatia, G Kattipalli, D Allison, C Parker, N Topley
Journal of Trauma (American) 2006, 60; 4: 844-850

Modulation of Interleukin-8 mediated neutrophil migration following major lower limb fracture and operative stabilisation
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
European Journal of Trauma 2005,31:575-582

Enhanced neutrophil migratory activity following major blunt trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, S jones, N Topley
Injury 2005, 36; 8: 956-962

Cases of congenital dislocation of the knee (CDK) not associated with clubfoot, arthrogryposis multiplex congenital and Larsen’s syndrome can be treated conservatively
R Bhatia, J Pyman, M Gargan, P Witherow
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American edition) 1998, 18; 2: 273-274

Developing a departmental culture for reporting adverse events
R Bhatia, G Blackshaw,A Rogers,A Grant, R Kulkarni
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 2003, 16; 3: 154-156

Does splintage help pain after carpal tunnel release?
R Bhatia, J Field, J Grote, H Huma
Journal of Hand Surgery 2000, 25B; 2: 150

Comparative study of ‘staples vs. sutures’ in skin closure following Dupuytren’s surgery
R Bhatia, G Blackshaw, V Barr, R Savage
Journal of Hand Surgery 2002, 27B; 1: 53-54

Intramuscular tenotomy of flexor Digitorum superficialis in the distal forearm after surgical excision of Dupuytren’s disease
V Barr, R Bhatia, P Hawkins and R Savage
Journal of Hand Surgery 2003, 28B: 1: 37-39

Invited Lectures

Dupuytren’s Disease
Spire Bristol Hospital educational meeting for General Practitioners
January 2008

Carpal Instability
South West Hand Therapy Annual Meeting
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, December 2007

Proximal Inter-phalangeal joint replacement
American ABC Travelling Fellow Programme
Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Bristol, August 2007

Surgical options for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand
Rheumatology South West & Wales Training Programme
Bristol Royal Infirmary, March 2007

Post-traumatic changes in neutrophil activity in major trauma and isolated long-bone/pelvis fractures.
The Wishbone Trust, Annual Trustees Meeting at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. July 2002

Presentations at Learned Societies

Hand and wrist injuries in professional county cricket
N Ahearn, S Griffin,R Bhatia, A Schor
British Society of Surgery of the Hand May 2014

Early results of upper limb spasticity surgery-the Bristol Experience
F Bintcliffe, G Atherton, R Bhatia
British Society for Surgery in CP – Upper Limb Spasticity group, Bristol Nov 2012

Bilateral Loss of thumb flexion as a consequence of Hep E infection
H Stark, R Bhatia
Moynihan surgical Club meeting, Bristol Oct 12

The cadaveric anatomy of the distal radius-Implications for the use of volar plates
P McCann, D Clark, R Amirfeyz, R Bhatia
Combined Italian/British hand society meeting, Savona, Italy October 2010

The management of scaphoid injury: the differences between the initial emergency consultation and fracture clinic review
P McCann, R Bhatia
Combined Italian/British hand society meeting, Savona, Italy October 2010

Is patient experience in carpal tunnel syndrome consistent with the anatomy of the median nerve?
R Amirfeyz, D Clark, G Bannister, I Leslie, R Bhatia
British Society for Surgery of the Hand. November 2009

The anatomy of the volar approach to distal radial fractures
R Amirfeyz, P McCann, C Wakeley, R Bhatia
British Society for Surgery of the Hand / American Society for Surgery of the Hand combined meeting. May 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Best Assessed by Hand Elevation Test Only
R Amirfeyz, B Parsons, R Melotti, G Bannister, I Leslie, R Bhatia
British Society of Surgery of the Hand May 2008

Katz & Stirrat hand diagram revisited
Amirfeyz R, Leslie I, Bhatia R
British Society of Surgery of the Hand May 2008

Maintenance of correction following Dupuytrens fasciectomy: The affect of the Abductor Digiti Minimi Cord
Walton MJ, Pearson D and Bhatia RK
British Society of Surgery of the Hand May 2008

The association between intra-operative correction of Dupuytren’s disease and residual post-operative contracture
O Donaldson and R Bhatia
British Society for Surgery of the Hand. November 2007

Combined wrist arthrodesis and sauve-kapandji procedure as a salvage operation for post-traumatic wrist osteoarthritis
R Bhatia, K Rotheray, I Russell, D Newington
Welsh Orthopaedic Society. May 2005

Combined wrist arthrodesis and sauve-kapandji procedure as a salvage operation for post-traumatic wrist osteoarthritis
R Bhatia, K Rotheray, I Russell, D Newington
Combined meeting of The British Society of Surgery of the Hand and The Spanish Hand Society. Valladolid, Spain April 2005

Neutrophil migratory activity following long-bone/pelvic fractures
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Helsinki, Finland
June 2003

Increased IL-8 mediated Neutrophil migration post-trauma is associated with
changes in surface receptor expression of CXCR-1 and PECAM-1

R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
British Trauma Society. October 2002
Abstract in Injury 2003,34;8:599

Increased CXCR1 expression and down-regulation of PECAM-1 post-trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
British Orthopaedic Research Society. September 2002

Intramuscular tenotomy of flexor Digitorum superficialis in the distal forearm
after surgical excision of Dupytren’s disease

V Barr, R Bhatia, P Hawkins and R Savage
Welsh Orthopaedic Society. May 2002

A cannulated conundrum
S Jones, R Bhatia, M Jones
British Trauma Society. October 2001

Staples versus Sutures’ in palmar skin closure
R Bhatia, G Blackshaw, V Barr, R Savage

A cannulated conundrum
S Jones, R Bhatia, M Jones
Welsh Orthopaedic Society. May 2001

A model for reporting critical incidents and near misses
R Bhatia, G Blackshaw,A Rogers,A Grant, R Kulkarni
BOA Annual Congress. September 2001
Abstract in JBJS 2003; 85-B: Supp III

Shoulder injuries in sport
R Bhatia, S Johnson
Wales Association of Sports Trainers meeting. March 2000

Does splintage help pain after carpal tunnel release?
R Bhatia, J Field, J Grote, H Huma
Wessex Hand Club meeting. February 2000

Conservative treatment for Congenital Dislocation of the Knee
R Bhatia, J Pyman, M Gargan, P Witherow
British Society of Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery meeting. July 1998
Abstract in JBJS 1998; 80-B: Supp III

Conservative treatment for Congenital Dislocation of the Knee
R Bhatia, J Pyman, M Gargan, P Witherow
South West Orthopaedic Club 50th Anniversary meeting. May 1998

Thrombospondin Expression on Human Breast Cancers
R Bhatia , M Bowcott, F Knox, J Walls, N Bundred
Presented at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, USA. Dec. 1994
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 1995;32,:60

Thrombospondin Expression on Human Breast Cancers
R Bhatia , M Bowcott, F Knox, J Walls, N Bundred
British Association of Surgical Oncology. May 1994
Abstract in European Journal of Surgical Oncology 1994,20;4:
521

The production of an MSF-like molecule by stromal tumours
R Bhatia, A Schor
Manchester Scientific meeting. May 1991

Posters

Is objective assessment of sensory loss in agreement with patient experience in carpal tunnel syndrome?
D Clark, R Amirfeyz, I Leslie, G Bannister, R Bhatia
British Society for Surgery of the Hand. November 2009

Review of patient case notes in an orthopaedic tertiary referral centre. The need for electronic patient records has never been greater.
E Britton and R Bhatia
European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Florence, Italy. May 2006

Neutrophils are primed for increased elastase release following major trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Lisbon, Portugal. June 2005

Enhanced IL-8 mediated neutrophil migration and surface receptor expression post major trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Lisbon, Portugal. June 2005

Enhanced IL-8 mediated neutrophil migration and surface receptor expression post major trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Lisbon, Portugal. June 2005

Neutrophils are primed for increased elastase release following major trauma
R Bhatia, I Pallister, C Dent, N Topley
British Orthopaedic Research Society. September 2003

Does Clinical Governance work?
R Kulkarni, R Bhatia, A Rogers, P Roberts & A Grant
Welsh Orthopaedic Society. September 2001

Does Clinical Governance work?
R Kulkarni, R Bhatia, A Rogers, P Roberts & A Grant
BOA Annual Congress. May 2001

Does splintage help pain after carpal tunnel release?
R Bhatia, J Field, J Grote, H Huma
British Society for Surgery of the Hand. October 1999

Changes in neutrophil activation and surface receptor expression following major trauma and isolated long-bone/pelvis fractures

Thesis presented for MD, University of Wales college of Medicine
Funded by Wishbone Trust, Pump – Priming Grant 2001 – 2002

Supervisors: Professor N Topley, Mr I Pallister, Professor C Dent,

Institute: Institute of Nephrology & Dept. of Orthopaedics
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

The production of Migration Stimulating Factor by Tumour Cells

Thesis presented for BSc (Hons), Faculty of Science, University of Manchester
Funded by Medical Research Council Grant 1990-1991

Supervisors: Professor D Crowther, Dr A Schor

Institute: Dept. of Medical Oncology Christie Hospital, Manchester

Effect of Thrombospondin on angiogenesis in Breast Cancer

Dissertation presented for MBChB , Faculty of Medicine, University of Manchester

Supervisor: Professor N Bundred

Institute: Dept. Of Surgery
University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester

RESEARCH GRANTS

Wishbone Trust, Pump – Priming Grant 2001- 2002
Medical Research Council student Grant 1990-1991

AWARDS and PRIZES

International Dupuytren’s Society Award 2011
Jaques Duparc Award, European Federation of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Lisbon 2005
Ethicon Fund Award, The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2005
Pfizer Academic Travel Award 2004/2005
Smith & Nephew Research Travel Award 2003
Finalist AOUK Research Prize 2002
Morgan E Williams Fund Award, Awarded by
University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM) 2002
William Morgan Fund Award, Awarded by UWCM 2002
The Pilcher Bequest Fund Award, Awarded by UWCM 2002
Best Poster, British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2001
Best Poster, Welsh Orthopaedic Association 2001