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An interview with Professor Keith Willett, FRCS

Professor Keith Willett

Professor Willett graduated in medicine from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (University of London) in 1981 and completed his Specialist Higher Surgical Training in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery in 1991. He then did a Clinical / Research Trauma Fellowship at the renowned Sunnybrook Trauma Centre in Toronto, Canada.

He has been in clinical practice as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford since 1992. He also held a consultant appointment at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford in post-injury reconstruction surgery and was an Honorary Senior Clinical Lectureship in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery until 2004 when he was elected as Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery in the University of Oxford. In 2008 he was appointed by the Government's Department of Health as the National Clinical Director for Trauma Care with policy implementation responsibility for regional networks for major trauma and improving the care of patients suffering fragility fractures.

He co-founded the unique consultant delivered Oxford Trauma Service established in 1993 and his clinical practice is exclusively with the immediate treatment, rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery of patients sustaining musculo-skeletal and soft tissue injuries. Unlike most orthopaedic surgeons, his practice is dedicated to those patients who have sustained injuries. His practice reflects Oxford's role as a regional and national referral centre for complex trauma and multiply injured patients; he particularly receives referrals for pelvic and acetabular reconstruction, complex fractures and for the treatment of fracture complications.

Current posts held

  • National Clinical Director for Trauma Care

The interview

Professor Willett spoke to Alexandra Hazlerigg about his career and work as government 'Trauma Tsar'.

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