Mr Joseph Pooley


  • Specialities Orthopaedics, Joint replacement, Key Hole Surgery, Musculoskeletal
  • Telephone 01912 816131
  • Year of first qualification 1971
  • Email
  • GMC Number 1474398
  • Fax 01912 811379


Joe Pooley is a graduate of Newcastle upon Tyne medical school.

He gained an MD in 1984 for his basic scientific work on bone circulation. He was awarded the British Orthopaedic Research Society's medal and the British Orthopaedic Association prize and Robert Jones gold-medal for this research.

In 1985 Mr Pooley was appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic surgery and Consultant orthopaedic surgeon in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne/Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals.  He was appointed Head of the University Department of Orthopaedics in 1987. In 1997, he took up a consultant appointment in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead in order to develop a specialised upper limb unit.

Mr Pooley developed a special interest in the then new specialty of upper limb surgery in the mid-1980s in particular elbow joint and shoulder replacement.  His clinical and scientific work on Elbow arthritis led to the development of the iBP total elbow joint replacement system and more recently the Lateral Resurfacing elbow (LRE) system which is now in use throughout the UK and Europe for the treatment of elbow arthritis.

He was one of the original group of upper limb surgeons to begin to use arthroscopy for the treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions.  This is now a large part of his current practice.

Mr Pooley continues to respond to requests to demonstrate his surgical techniques for the treatment of elbow arthritis and arthroscopic treatment of elbow and shoulder conditions to groups of orthopaedic surgeons at home and abroad.


  • Weekly Monday 16:30 - 20:00
  • Bi Weekly Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30


Current posts

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Member of

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Elbow Shoulder Surgery Society
  • British Orthopaedic Research Society
  • International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology


Mr Pooley has published and presented work both nationally and internationally. He is also a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.


Mr Joseph Pooley works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Freedom Health
  • HealthFund
  • PHC
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Tesco Bank
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA

Mr Joseph Pooley does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Joseph Pooley does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Joseph Pooley does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.