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Profile of Prof Stephen gwilym

Prof Stephen Gwilym

Consultant shoulder and elbow surgeon

Areas of interest

  • Shoulder replacements for arthritis and problems following fracture
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Surgery for shoulder dislocations
  • Management of impingement syndrome
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Fixation of fractures of the shoulder and arm (humerus)
  • Optimising outcomes following upper limb trauma


Steve Gwilym is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the management of shoulder disorders.

Professor Gwilym is a recognised international expert on the topics of shoulder pain and shoulder trauma.

He leads a number of research projects in these topics at the University of Oxford, and regularly runs training courses around the world where he teaches other surgeons about his clinical practice.

He was previously the clinical lead at the Major Trauma Centre in Oxford, heading-up a team of specialist surgeons with expertise in the treatment of injuries, ranging from soft tissue injuries to complex trauma.

Professor Gwilym qualified in 2000 with first class honours from University College London; and undertook his postgraduate medical and surgical training in London and Oxford.

He then underwent specialist fellowship training in Shoulder surgery and Trauma, initially in Sydney, Australia and then at centres of excellence around Europe (Switzerland, France and Germany). He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Oxford in 2013.

Professor Gwilym supervises students studying towards higher-degrees in Orthopaedics and is part of a team running a multi-million pound research portfolio. He previously undertook a PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in which he investigated the causes of pain in musculoskeletal disease.

He remains an active clinician scientist, conducting clinical trials and basic science research at the University of Oxford.

Posts: 2021

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Service, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
  • Associate Professor in Orthopaedics, University of Oxford
  • Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford