About Mr Alexander Dodds //
Mr Alexander Dodds BSc (Hons), MBBCh, MSc, MD (Res) FRCS (Tr and Orth) is an experienced Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Knee and Hip Surgery. He qualified as a doctor from Cardiff University in 2003, earning a first-class honours degree in Anatomy and a Distinction in finals. He began his specialist training in Wales, during this time Mr Dodds worked as the sports doctor to North Wales Rugby providing pitch side care and managing high impact sports injuries. He completed his specialist training in London in 2013, gaining extensive trauma experience working in St Marys, one of London's best renowned teaching hospitals and a designated Major Trauma Centre. His advanced training included a prestigious UK fellowship in London where he was involved in knee operations on premiership football and rugby players, and a year in Australia working in Sportsmed, one of the countries most successful private sports medicine centres. His training there focused on hip and knee primary and revision surgery and soft knee tissue surgery including arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and patello-femoral surgery and included robotic surgery and other advanced techniques. On his return to the UK Mr Dodds worked as a Knee and Hip fellow in the Royal Berkshire Hospital before taking up the Consultant post in Gloucestershire in January 2015.
Mr Dodds lives in Cheltenham with his wife and their 3 young children who keep him busy as taxi driver and side line supporter. He enjoys coaching his son's football team and following the mixed fortunes of Cardiff City FC and the Gloucester and Welsh Rugby teams.
Pioneering Orthopaedic research //
Throughout his professional career Mr Dodds has dedicated considerable time to research and studied extensively to best advance his surgical skills. In addition to his medical qualifications and first class BSc in Anatomy, Mr Dodds holds an MSc in Trauma from Swansea University which focused on state of the art practical techniques and treatment strategies in Major Trauma. He also was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine Degree (MD Res) from Imperial College on ‘The anterolateral structures of the knee and the pivot shift’. His ground breaking research work provided an anatomic presentation of the anterolateral soft tissue structures of the knee. Mr Dodds spent six months working in the labs at Imperial College studying the biomechanics of the knee joint where he dissected 40 freshly frozen cadaveric knee joints in order to identify and describe the Anterolateral Ligament (ALL). This is often injured at the same time as the ACL and such detailed anatomical knowledge of the joint helps Mr Dodds to identify the best possible surgery to aid recovery. He has published 28 research papers in world class journals and his work has been cited over 600 times internationally. He was recently responsible for auditing over 100 abstract papers for the British Associations for surgery of the Knee (BASK) annual conference and is a regular invited journal reviewer including for the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Mr Dodds is currently Principal Investigator for the national ACL SNAPP trial at GHNHSFT.
Mr Dodds set up and led the Orthopaedic infection team at Gloucestershire Hospitals, chairing a group to prevent infections in arthroplasty surgery from 2015-18. He has been governance lead in the department since 2016. In 2016 he was elected to the British Associations for surgery of the Knee (BASK) council as young consultants representative. BASK is one of the largest surgical subspecialist organisations, which brings together knee surgeons with the single aim of improving their patient's care. In this post Mr Dodds was responsible for leading the education programme. Together with colleagues he has produced the knee part of Wikipaedics which is a training resource for knee surgeons. In 2019 Mr Dodds was elected as Secretary of BASK. He is now responsible for organising the programmes for the annual Spring Conference and BOA congress knee day as well as liaising with the BOA and other specialist knee societies, putting at Mr Dodds at the forefront of the latest advances in knee surgery internationally. This is a truly prestigious post and Mr Dodds is very much looking forward to applying this cutting edge knowledge to offer the very best advice and treatment to his patients.
Previously Mr Dodds was the Royal Society of Medicine Young Fellows Representative where he was responsible for organising and running a national conference on musculoskeletal radiology.
Mr Dodds is committed to the training of future Orthopaedic surgeons and is a Severn Deanery Educational supervisor. He has written a textbook on orthopaedic training, 'Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery' and was responsible for writing the chapter on Osteoarthritis in the 'ABC of Orthopaedics and Trauma'.