Faculty (staff)

Programme Directors

Prof Fares Haddad

Prof Fares Haddad

Honorary Professor at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Professor Fares Haddad is a Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgeon at University College Hospitals. He is Divisional Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties at UCH, and Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London. He graduated from the University College London Hospitals with a First Class BSc and MB BS. His basic training in hip and knee surgery and reconstruction started in London on the St Bartholomew's, Royal Free and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotations and was subsequently enhanced by fellowship training in the United States and Canada including a year in Vancouver and time in Boston, Los Angeles and Gainsville. He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards. He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005. Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include the expansion of knee and hip arthroscopic techniques to deal with sports injuries, uncemented hip and knee prosthetic technology, new bearing surfaces and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision arthroplasty and use of allografting and other transplant and stem cell techniques in hip and knee reconstruction. His work also encompasses minimally invasive hip and knee surgery and novel strategies to manage patients with knee ligament injuries. He provides medical input at elite level for a number of sports including football, athletics, rugby, boxing and martial arts. He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip and knee surgery and continues to lead a clinical research group with interests in knee joint preservation after injury, the genetic causation of bone disease and bone quality, prosthetic design and performance and in particular outcomes measurement after hip and knee surgery. He is editorial consultant Sports Injury Bulletin and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and Hospital Medicine. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Professor Haddad has been instrumental in setting up collaboration between UCH, UCL, Elite Sport and Private partners in order to set up, develop and fund the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health in London as an International Centre of Excellence.

More information on his research and publications

Mr Peter Hamlyn

Mr Peter Hamlyn

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon in private practice

Mr Hamlyn has worked as a Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon for 20 years. During this time he has lead several neurosurgical teams in some of London’s elite teaching hospitals such as Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Royal London Hospital. He has been an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at University College London Hospital since 2009.

His clinical activity consists currently of some 3,500 outpatient consultations and just over 300 operations per year. His passion lies in spinal disorders and sports injury - the majority of his work involves minimally invasive/keyhole and restorative, reconstructive surgery. He has a substantial exposure to elite level sports from Premiere League football and rugby, Nation team members in several different sports, UK sponsored athletes, jockies and even the Royal Ballet. His cranial work now focuses on head injury in sport.

Mr Peter Hamlyn was a member on the 2012 Olympic Bid Advisory Panel and has worked as a correspondent for the Sports Section of The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 1996, he was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Sport Medicine for work in the field of head injury in sport. He has worked as a current or past Medical Advisor to the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (first Safe Neurosurgery working group), General Medical Council, Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Great Britain, British Olympic Association, British Boxing Board of Control, The Jockey Club of Great Britain, UK Sport, Royal Ballet, GB rowing team, England Rugby, numerous premier league football and rugby clubs.

He was a founder and remains Vice Chairman of the Brain and Spine Foundation and is a Director of the Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic, The Spine Surgery London and London Endoscopic Spinal Surgery. Mr Hamlyn is also the Chairman of The Foundation for Human Potential.

Programme Tutors

Carlos Cobiella

Carlos Cobiella

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Carlos Cobiella grew up in Spain and graduated from Medical School at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.

He moved to London where he completed his basic surgical training before entering the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery training program at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He became interested in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and had further training in this area under the care of Messrs Bayley, Calvert and Lambert at the Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the RNOH and Professor Birch at the Peripheral Nerve Injury.

He was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in 2003, where he set up the Shoulder and Elbow service. He moved to UCLH in 2005 to pursue his career in a more academic environment and there had the opportunity to develop the Upper Limb Service. He now leads a team that includes another Shoulder surgeon and two Hand and Wrist surgeons.

He is Head of the Upper Limb Section of the Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health at UCL, leading both clinical and academic activity (teaching and research) in this area. He collaborates closely with the English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics and the British Olympic Association looking after high level athletes and GB teams.

He is also a member of The Shoulder Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth.

He enjoys all aspects of Shoulder and Elbow surgery, including the treatment of Sports injuries, arthritis and fractures. He has a keen interest in arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques.

He is a member of faculty in numerous courses in Arthroscopic and Sports Injury Surgery, both national and international. As well as training medical students and junior doctors, he directly supervises the training of the UCH Shoulder and Elbow Fellow.

He continues to publish in his field and presents his results regularly at scientific meetings.

Rahul Patel

Rahul Patel

 MBBS MRCS (Eng) MD FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Rahul Patel qualified from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1998. He trained in surgery at various London teaching hospitals before undertaking a formal two-year research period culminating in a higher degree from the University of London. His specialist orthopaedic training was on the Middlesex/University College Hospital, London rotation. Mr Patel then undertook subspecialist fellowship training in reconstructive arthroscopy and sports orthopaedic surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, USA. He has also gained clinical experience at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA and the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA.

He was appointed as a Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the University College Hospital, London in 2009. His main orthopaedic and research interests are reconstructive arthroscopy/minimally invasive treatment and outcome of hip, knee and shoulder sports injuries, joint preservation and novel cartilage regeneration solutions. He is actively involved in the training of higher surgical trainees on the London orthopaedic rotations and is also a co-developer, module leader and course tutor on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health at University College London. He is an honorary lecturer of University College London and has published a number of papers in his specialist areas of interest.

More information on his research and publications

Dr Eleanor Tillett

Dr Eleanaor Tillett

Principal clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Honorary consultant in sport and exercise medicine at University College London Hospitals

Dr Tillett is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University College London. Her particular interest is in spinal disorders, including the use of image-guided injections and rehabilitation.

Her academic work at University College London involves running the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health. Current research interests include back pain, tendinopathy and injury prevention.

Since 2003, she has been the NGB doctor for British Figure Skating. Other elite and team event experience includes working with Team GB at the 2010 Winter Olympics, GB Women's Basketball, England Women's Football, World University Games, Youth Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympics, the London Marathon and the London Triathlon.

In addition to her busy NHS work, she does further clinical work at The Spine Surgery London, The Princess Grace Hospital and Pure Sports Medicine in London.

More information on her research and publications

Dr Courtney Kipps

Dr Courtney Kipps


Principal clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Honorary consultant in sport and exercise medicine at University College London Hospitals

Dr Kipps graduated in medicine from Nottingham University. Following basic surgical training, he studied for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Royal London which he passed with distinction. He then went on to train as a sport and exercise medicine physician on the London Deanery’s specialist training programme during which he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study sport and exercise medicine overseas. This fellowship took him to Harvard and Stanford Universities in the USA as well as Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne in 2010/11. He was appointed to his current post in 2011.

Dr Kipps is the medical director of the London Triathlon, the Blenheim Triathlon and London’s Run To The Beat Half-marathon. He is also assistant medical director of the London Marathon and a club doctor for Harlequins Rugby Club in the Aviva Premiership. He is co-organiser of Marathon Medicine, the longest running conference on the medicine and science of endurance running internationally. He believes it is an obligation to make mass-participation endurance events as safe as possible for all without restricting the health benefits and enjoyment that comes from participation. To this end, he leads several avenues of collaborative research to better understand the medical complications that arise during endurance sports. He is on the UK Task Force for "Exercise Is Medicine" charged with increasing awareness of physical activity amongst healthcare providers and is currently studying attitudes and barriers to physical activity referral in different healthcare settings.

He has an NHS sports injury clinic at UCLH and works in private practice at The Putney Clinic and Princess Grace hospital.

More information on his research and publications

Paul Thawley

Paul Thawley

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Specialist physiotherapist, British Judo

Paul has a Masters in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation from Bristol University and a post graduate diploma in Physical Rehabilitation.

He has over 15 years of extensive Sports physiotherapy experience which has been built through working in a variety of sporting environments including motor sport, rugby and judo. As a senior physiotherapist specializing in physical rehabilitation,Paul worked at the Olympic Medical Institute for 6 years where he was closely involved in the rehabilitation of elite and Olympic athletes.

Paul currently works with the Great Britain Judo squads and advises on lower limb rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. He also frequently travels with the judo squads worldwide to international competitions. Paul is currently preparing for London 2012 were he is assigned to combat sport.Paul is involved in mentoring other physiotherapists and holds the APSM gold award.

Eduard Mias

Eduard Mias
Musculoskeletal physiotherapist at the English Institute of Sport in London

For the last 12 months, Eduard has been the Lead physiotherapist for the British Fencing team, including at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He did his MSc at the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008. Since graduating he has been involved in football, rugby and basketball during his professional career.  

In 2011, Ed was awarded the Maitland Fellowship award which took him to the USA and Canada where he shadowed world leaders in the field of the ACL injury prevention and reconstruction.  

He is very passionate about lower limb injuries and has  a specific interest in movement analysis and preventative strategies (ACL injuries, Lumbar conditions) in order to work towards optimal performance.

Bruce Paton

Bruce Paton
Honorary clinical teaching fellow at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Extended Scope Practitioner at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy departments

Mr Bruce Paton is a specialist physiotherapist with a specialisation in lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, trauma, orthopaedics and rheumatology. Research interests include:- optimising rehabilitation post injury and /manual therapies/ control of inflammation / promoting exercise and physical activity / Athletic Performance / and return to sport in Elite level and recreational athletes. He has long standing specialist expertise in treatment of ACL injury as well as knee ligament reconstruction/ PFJ disorders/Tendinopathies/ hip and pelvis rehabilitation/
He received his Bach Appl Science in Physiotherapy from University of Sydney in 1992, with early Physiotherapy work in 4 Sydney teaching hospitals including ITU work at Prince of Wales Children’s  Hospital, before moving to the UK in 1996, and working stints in musculoskeletal departments at several London Teaching hospitals before taking a  role in outpatients at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2000. Over the next 3 years he undertook a varied clinical caseload as well as developing and refining the gym based pathways at St Thomas hospitals in collaboration with Kings College London researchers, as well as developing clinically based musculoskeletal teaching programs for physiotherapists(students to senior level). Concurrently he has worked privately at Battersea Athletics Track Millenium Arena treating elite and club level athletes, as well as working  at Chrystal Palace Sports Injuries Centre at Chrystal palace athletics track / stadium as and ESP  in the MSK triage clinics since 2008.

Currently he works as an extended scope physiotherapist in the orthopaedics, fracture and sports clinics at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) since 2003, and has refined strong extended scope skills, working closely with the lower limb Orthopaedic and Sport and Exercise Medicine consultants. He has developed and refined the rehabilitation pathways at UCLH for lower limb conditions including local gymnasium collaborations to provide added rehabilitation quality for patients, including osteoarthritis, arthroplasty patients, and athletes.

He currently teaches to physiotherapists in a North London NHS regional teaching program.

His academic roles include faculty of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health as an Honorary clinical teaching fellow for the Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc, with tutoring, research supervision, lecturing, and pastoral support roles.
He is currently studying for PhD at Kings College London in the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, with research investigating knee joint swelling after surgery and injury.

He has presented at multiple conferences and won the oral presentation prize for exercise/population health at UKSEM conference Nov 2011.

He has travelled widely, and has a keen interest in many sports, managing to survive finishes inthree London marathons, the Nice Iron Man Triathlon and Bike Etape du Tour de France.

Research activities

  • Knee ligament injury and rehabilitation post surgery
  • Hip and groin injury
  • Foot and ankle pain and injury
  • Rehabilitation following lower limb trauma and surgery
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation and swelling post surgery

Sports interest areas

  • lower limb rehabilitation following injuries
  • football
  • skiing
  • Running and triathlon


  • Centre for Human and Aerospace Physiology  - KCL

Prof Bodies

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Extended Scope Practitioner Occupational Group
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM)
  • Physiotherapy Pain Society


  • Bach Appl Sc (Physiotherapy) Graduate from University of Sydney grad 1992

Work Experience

  • Prince of Wales Hospital / Prince of Wales Children’s
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts
  • University College London Hospitals
  • Guys and St Thomas Hospital
  • Chelsea Westminster Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital


Ms Zoe Lau

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 6248
Email: sportsmedicineadmin@ucl.ac.uk

MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health
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