Medstars in their Eyes | Nick Ferran | Consultant Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon
Medstars had the chance to chat with Nick Ferran and get to know him
a bit better. Appointed as a Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, his expertise lies in shoulder and elbow surgery, having completed prestigious fellowships at The Prince of Wales & Concord Hospital Sydney (Australia) and at Circle, Nottingham (UK).
He defines himself as a firm believer in education and so co-authored numerous textbook chapters and several articles for journal publications. These centre around upper limb surgery, plastic surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and patient safety.
He is passionate about awake shoulder and elbow surgery, which is where patients are not put to sleep under general anaesthesia.
Despite his busy schedule, he welcomed us for a warm and interesting chat.
What 3 words would people use to describe you?
Reliable, relaxed, approachable
What do you love about your job?
I love that surgery is always challenging, is a job where there is always something new to learn, and many times we can bring about quick change to relieve pain and improve patients’ function and lives.
If you weren’t a shoulder surgeon, what do you think you’d be and why?
I have always had a passion for the ocean and the creatures in the deep blue sea so if I couldn’t be a surgeon as a kid my next best preference was to be a marine biologist. I would have to learn to swim first though.
What’s your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment has been to set up a routine awake shoulder and elbow surgery service in my NHS hospital and private practices. This was challenging as it required teamwork from anaesthetics, theatre staff, and ward staff and changed the way we prepared and guided patients through surgery so they could have the benefits of being awake and avoid the risks of a general anaesthetic.
Who inspires you and why?
I was inspired by my GP to become a doctor, my orthopaedic surgeon neighbour to become an orthopaedic surgeon, and one of my first orthopaedic shoulder surgery trainers to become a shoulder surgeon. My parents and family inspire me to try to be a better person.
What’s your greatest achievement outside of work?
My greatest achievement outside of work would have been losing 40Kg in just under two years, taking up running and completing the Sydney Harbour Bridge 9K race in 2014.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I have been given is that a good surgeon knows how to operate, and the best surgeons know when not to operate.
Where’s your favourite place to visit?
I like to visit my home country of Trinidad & Tobago when I can, but my favourite place in the world is probably a tie between San Francisco and Sydney. Saying that… London is home.
What song/album/artist makes you feel happy?
My music tastes are varied, my awake surgery patients and theatre teams can attest to that. Anything that is positive and upbeat that I can sing or dance to would make me happy.
What do you like about Medstars so far?
Medstars are professional, and reliable with great service. I like that their main aim is to help guide patients through the private healthcare market which can sometimes be overwhelming for patients.
Mr Ferran has extensive experience of providing expert care as the clinical lead for trauma at a North London NHS teaching hospital and consults privately. You can book a consultation with Mr Nick Ferran, a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in shoulder and elbow surgery here.