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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

they be?

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.



Consultant interview

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


Orthopaedic Surgeon

Secretary: Mandy O’Conor

T: 08445 617 157

F: 08445 617 157

[email protected]