Professor Kevin Cheah - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Essex

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Prof Kevin Cheah - Orthopaedics

Prof Kevin Cheah is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in arthroscopic surgery to the knee and ankle.

Clinical interests

Prof Cheah has an interest in lower limb joint arthroplasty, arthroscopic surgery to the knee and ankle, and general orthopaedics.
His current clinical interest is in the treatment of articular cartilage defects in the knee joint, a procedure called autologous cartilage transplantation. This work is carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex. Prof Cheah is one of a very small minority qualified to perform this special surgery and presented his work to Young Engineers of the Year at National Science Week held in the House of Commons.

Academic background

MBChB MSc (Hon) Prof Cheah was born in Penang, Malaysia and came to England in 1976. He qualified in medicine from Sheffield University Medical School in 1984. After various pre-registration House Officer posts he carried out surgical training in Sheffield and Derby and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989.

Next, he began training for his orthopaedic career at the internationally-renowned Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, including spending two years at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in Stoke-on-Trent. During this time, he was awarded the Lloyd Griffiths Medal for the Best Orthopaedic Resident in 1993.

He was responsible for setting up the Clwyd and Oswestry Research Tissue Bank, where he held the post of Medical Director for two years from 1994. This tissue bank provides bone allografts for implantation in patients requiring bone grafts during orthopaedic surgery. At this time, he was also co-opted as an Advisor to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency in the area of the use of human tissues for transplantation.

He was later appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust at Broomfield Hospital, where he worked for five years, until 2001. He became involved in establishing a link between Broomfield Hospital and the Bioengineering Research Unit at APU, during which time he procured funding to enable the establishment of a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University. Presently he supervises the second incumbent of this post as well as three PhD students.

He left the National Health Service in 2001, after seventeen years service.

NHS base

Private only

Clinic Times

Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings