Mr Cole is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon with a full-time NHS commitment to spinal patients, both at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Northern General Hospital. His clinical interests are in spinal deformity as well as the treatment of lumbar and cervical problems.
He chairs the committee responsible for giving clinical advice on complex spinal surgery to the Department of Health. In addition he is the spinal advisor to the Orthopaedic Expert Working Group, Vice-Chair of the Trauma Programme of Care and on the Executive Council of the British Scoliosis Society.
Qualifications and training
– B Med Sc, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mr Cole was appointed as a consultant spinal surgeon in 2003 having completed his orthopaedic training, including three Spinal Fellowships in Nottingham, Brisbane and Las Vegas. In addition he also undertook his higher surgical training in Sheffield after completing a medical degree in Nottingham.
Mr Cole has an interest in outcome evaluation and research. He has completed two theses on spinal deformity (idiopathic scoliosis), the first of these as a medical student.
Other research interests include Spinal Deformity, Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Degenerative Disc Disease and
Radicular pain (sciatica).
He is a co-developer of the British Spine Registry which is a National Database to allow spinal surgeons to prospectively collect outcome data on their operations.