Chris Hand qualified in 1988 from Liverpool University Medical School. He went on to complete his pre-registration period working at hospitals in Plymouth and Portsmouth. Being a keen participant in sport it was hardly surprising that he developed an interest in sports injuries and decided to train as an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon.
His basic surgical training encompassed orthopaedics and trauma, urology, general surgery, vascular surgery, breast and endocrine surgery. In 1997 he commenced specialist training in Orthopaedic and Trauma surgery in the Wessex region. After three years at hospitals around Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight he moved to continue his specialist training at the University Teaching Hospitals in Bristol. Here he also held the academic position of Honorary Clinical Lecturer and developed an interest in limb reconstruction and the use of the Ilizarov frame.

Having attained the final examination in orthopaedic and trauma surgery, FRCS(Tr&Orth) in February 2002 he was successful in his application for the Sports Orthopaedics Fellowship at the Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada under the tutelage of Professor A Miniaci (now Executive Director of the Centre for Sports Health at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA). This was a twelve month post where he was involved in the management of sports injury in patients of all sporting abilities from social athletes to professionals (Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, Maple Leaf ice hockey team, Raptors basketball team and Canadian National Ski team). The surgical emphasis of this fellowship was in the use of "key-hole" or "arthroscopic" technique. He was also involved in research, publications and presentations on "mosaicplasty" for knee cartilage injury, baseball elbow injuries, shoulder instability and "Latissimus dorsi" transfer for massive rotator cuff tears.

Chris achieved his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in April 2003 and, following his return from Toronto, took up position as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth in July 2003. Although retaining a general interest in sports injury he has focussed his interest in shoulder surgery, especially "key hole" or "arthroscopic" surgery.

As well as his elective practice, he has also developed his trauma interest in the treatment of complex fractures, slow or non healing fractures and fractures that heal in a "bad" position. Involvement with the "Ilizarov" fine wire external fixator for the management of these problems, whilst training in Bristol, led him to undertake a Fellowship in the Ilizarov technique at "The Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics", Kurgan, Siberia in 2004. He returned to Kurgan again in June 2008 for more advanced study in to the application of this technique. He now regularly uses this apparatus and technique for the management of trauma patients and those patients who require deformity correction.

In October 2014 Chris was invited to become an AO Trauma Network Faculty Member.

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