Thomas, Miss Joanna

MBBS, MRCS (Eng), MSc, FRCS (trauma and orthopaedics)

Thomas, Miss Joanna (Orthopaedics) photo

Specialty

Paediatric orthopaedics

Sub-specialty

Sports injuries, deformity correction and paediatric trauma

Education

  • MBBS (bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery) – University of London, 2002
  • MRCS (Eng) – Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2005
  • MSc orthopaedics and engineering – Cardiff University, 2009
  • FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons - trauma and orthopaedics) – Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2010
  • ATLS (advanced trauma life support) instructor – 2013

Experience

Miss Thomas is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon who joined the Trust in August 2016.

She completed a paediatric orthopaedic fellowship at University Hospital Southampton under Professor Clarke, Mr Uglow and Miss Edwards. Following her higher surgical training at the Royal London Hospital, she undertook visiting fellowships in various centres of excellence to further her expertise in sports injuries.

Miss Thomas now runs a weekly sports injuries clinic and has a specialist interest in knee and shoulder injuries. Working closely with a specialist physiotherapist and multidisciplinary team, Miss Thomas's goal is to deliver the highest level of care to her patients. Every patient she treats for sports injuries is given a personalised rehabilitation programme to maximise their recovery potential.

Outside of work, Miss Thomas enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Key achievements

  • Miss Thomas has set up a sport injuries clinic here at University Hospital Southampton. This clinic offers specialist physiotherapy and a complete multidisciplinary team.
  • Miss Thomas has a keen interest in mountaineering, and summitted Mount McKinley, Alaska, in 2005. She has taken part in and led other mountaineering expeditions to the Alps, the Andes and the Arctic.

Awards and prizes

Miss Thomas was awarded the Esther Frances White Memorial Prize and Distinction (MBBS) from the University of London.

Research

Miss Thomas is currently setting up research trials to further understanding of paediatric sports medicine. She has designed specialist rehabilitation programmes for patients under the age of eighteen and is a member of PRISM (Paediatric Research in Sports Medicine), regularly participating in their international meetings.

Miss Thomas's research interests include:

  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstructions in the paediatric and adolescent population
  • Meniscopexy (a treatment for discoid meniscus, an abnormality in the cartilage in the knee)
  • Patella (kneecap) dislocation
  • Osteochondral defects in the knee (abnormalities in the smooth surface at the end of bones)
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Anterior (front) knee pain
  • Deformity correction  

You can find out more about Miss Thomas's work on her website.

Contact

You can contact Miss Thomas via her secretary Tammy Davidson at tammy.davidson@uhs.nhs.uk