Mr Rhys Thomas


BSc (Hons), MBBS (Lon), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

GMC number: 3499557

Practicing since: 1990


Orthopaedic surgery

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  • Weekly clinics at Cardiff and Vale Hospitals
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Mr Rhys Thomas graduated from University College Hospital, London in 1990. 

His surgical training was in London and South Wales

He was awarded the BOA/Wishbone Trust Travelling Fellowship in 2001 and spent a year with Dr Tim Daniels in Toronto.  Subsequent to this he was awarded Travelling Fellowships by both the European and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Rhys was appointed as a Consultant at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff in 2003. He set up and supervises the Cardiff foot and ankle Fellowship

Rhys is serving his second term on BOFAS Education Committee

His main interest is in sporting injuries of the foot and ankle. 

Rhys is Honorary Surgeon to both the Welsh Rugby Union and Football Association of Wales. Rhys works with professional and recreational athletes across a wide variety of sports including Barclays Premier League football, English Premiership Rugby and Pro14 Rugby.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Special interests

Ankle Replacement

Other interests

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot and ankle, bunion surgery, diabetic foot, arthroscopy, shin splints, foot and ankle trauma, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) of the foot.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Rhys Thomas at Nuffield Health

  • Midfoot osteotomy
  • Bunion surgery (bunionectomy)
  • Achilles repair or reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle ligament repair
  • Ankle replacement

Locations Mr Rhys Thomas works with

Related experience


Ankle arthritis – international research publications, diabetic foot, cartilage transplantation.


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Executive Committee – The Foot in Diabetes UK
  • Welsh Rugby Union Medical Advisory Committee
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine UK and is Welsh Regional Representative

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale Trust

Insurers Mr Rhys Thomas works with

Mr Rhys Thomas 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
  • ESMI
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Freedom Health
  • Health-on-Line
  • HealthFund
  • InterGlobal
  • Medical Care Direct
  • PHC
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Tesco Bank
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


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

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

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