10 Minutes With...
10 Minutes With...
1. Why did you decide to study medicine?
When I was about 10-years-old a friend and I were having a water fight in the
garden. My friend accidently fell and lacerated his forehead; there was blood
everywhere! In a panic my mother ran across the road to fetch our neighbour
who was a neurosurgeon. He came over and stitched the scalp wound in the
garden. I was fascinated as I watched him stitching, and from that point onwards
always wanted to be a surgeon.
2. What made you pursue your specialty?
Orthopaedics was instantly extremely appealing to me. It is a very practical
and logical specialty with loads of great kit and gadgetry. I particularly enjoy the
problem-solving aspects, having the ability to fix patients’ injuries, reconstruct
or replace their damaged joints, and getting them back to having active lives.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing patients getting better is definitely the most rewarding part of the job.
I also love working with so many other highly skilled co-professionals in the
hospital and other clinical environments, both in the UK and abroad.
4. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have a young family that keeps me pretty busy. I otherwise enjoy cycling,
fairweather windsurfing and sailing, and triathlons. I snowboard in the winter
and love eating. In my younger years, I was a Drum and Bass DJ and ran my own
record company. I had a number one hit in the Drum and Bass Chart in 1993
with a 5-track record called the ‘Summer Rush EP’, though that was a lifetime ago.
5. What is the title of your ‘best read’ so far?
’Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller – just brilliant.
6. If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would
Genghis Khan would be my first choice.Who else but the man who commanded
the world’s largest contiguous Empire, and from whom one in twelve of us is
directly descended. My second would be Bill Bryson. I love reading the trivia
in his books and think he would be extremely interesting to chat to. Novak
Djokovic would be my third. He is not only an outstanding world-class athlete
at the top of his game, but extremely bright and an amazing ambassador for his
country Serbia, that has suffered such a troubled recent history.
7. What is special about where you grew up?
I grew up in a lot of places. I was born inYugoslavia and then lived in Italy
and Sweden before settling in the UK. I studied in Edinburgh, did my registrar
training in London and Fellowships in Canada and Australia.All these places
and their differing cultures hold special memories for me.
8. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Nothing beats home with the family.
9. Who would you get to play yourself in a movie?
Will Smith. I have always wanted to play a part in saving the world.
Mr Henry Atkinson qualified in
Medicine from the University
of Edinburgh in July 1998, and
completed basic surgical training
in Edinburgh on the South East
of Scotland BST rotation,
attaining the Membership of
the Royal College of Surgeons
of Edinburgh (MRCS) in 2001.
He became Fellow of the Royal
College of Surgeons (FRCS) in
Trauma and Orthopaedics in
2006, and completed his
Specialist Registrar training in
Trauma and Orthopaedics on
the Imperial College NorthWest
Thames rotation in July 2008.
Henry has also had Fellowship
training in Sports Medicine
and Knee and Hip Surgery
at SportsMed SA, Adelaide,
Australia; Foot and Ankle
Surgery at St Michaels Hospital,
University of Toronto, Ontario,
Canada; and Trauma and Limb
Reconstruction at the Banjica
Special Hospital for Orthopaedic
Surgery, Belgrade, Serbia.
Mr Atkinson was appointed
as a Consultant Orthopaedic
and Trauma Surgeon at North
Middlesex University Hospital
in September 2009. In recent
years, Mr Atkinson has assisted
in the publication of many
scientific papers in a variety
of subject areas.
Mr Henry Atkinson
Secretary: Mandy O’Conor
T: 08445 617 157
F: 08445 617 157[email protected]