Chris Walker, MCh(Orth) FRCS(Orth) FRCS Eng FRCS Ed FFSEM,
Chris Walker qualified as a Doctor in 1981 from Liverpool Medical School. Following his pre- registration year, he moved to London and commenced his surgical training there, being elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1986 and of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1987. After two years working in the busy Trauma Unit at University College Hospital, he moved back to Liverpool to become Thackary Research Fellow for 18 months, culminating in 1990 with the award of his MCh(Orth) and publication of his Thesis investigating the bone-prosthesis interface using a Confocal Microscope. During this time, he was supervised and mentored by Professor Leslie Klenerman, a founding member of the British Orthopaedic Foot Surgery Society (later, British orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) and this started his interest in foot and ankle surgery. He undertook a Revision Hip Fellowship with Professor Michael Wroblewski at Wrightington Hospital. He became Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery of the University of Liverpool and was appointed Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 1994. Prior to this, he undertook a three centre USA Foot Fellowship to Dr Roger Mann in Oakland, Dr Sigvard T Hansen Jr. in Seattle and Dr Mark Myerson in Baltimore.
As a Consultant, Chris was appointed to undertake lower limb surgery including revision hip and knee arthroplasty work and to further develop the foot and ankle service. However, by 2000, he elected to focus on trauma and foot and ankle surgery. In 2005, he undertook a three week Ilizarov Senior Fellowship at the Ilizarov Institute, Kurgan, Russia and, working closely with the Limb reconstruction Unit in Liverpool, applied those techniques to deformity correction around the foot and ankle. From 2005 to 2010, he ran the orthopaedic trauma service at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and also developed a comprehensive foot and ankle service. This continues to serve the local patients and provides a tertiary referal service which extends through Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales. This was achieved by providing easy access and adopting a team approach to the assessment and management of these patients. Quality of care was his aim. This ensured excellent commitment from the clinical team members despite the high workload.
Chris retired from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust in September 2019. He now works solely at the Bone and Joint Centre, Spire Liverpool Hospital and his practice continues to concentrate on trauma, sports injuries and elective foot and ankle surgery. This includes arthroscopic and open surgery around the hind foot, deformity re-alignment, midfoot fusions and forefoot realignment for bunions and lesser toes.
Other members of the Liverpool Foot Centre are:
Clare Vandewaal and Amy Kearney
Clare and Amy provide secretarial services for the Bone & Joint Centre at Spire Liverpool Hospital. They can be contacted on 0151 522 1860
Cathy manages the accounts of the Liverpool Foot Centre. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.