Mr Rhys Thomas


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

GMC number: 3499557

Practising since: 1990


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr Thomas is the assigned foot and ankle surgeon for the Welsh FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.

 Mr Thomas graduated from University College Hospital, London in 1990. 

 He was awarded the BOA/Wishbone Trust Travelling Fellowship in 2001 and spent a year with Dr Tim Daniels in Toronto where he specialised in adult foot and ankle surgery. 

 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 in Cardiff & Vale UHB in 2003. He set up and supervises the Cardiff foot and ankle Fellowship. 

Rhys served on the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Education Committee from 2015-22.

 Rhys is Honorary Surgeon to both the Welsh Rugby Union and Football Association of Wales & was orthopaedic surgeon at the World Cup in Qatar. 

Mr Thomas works with professional and recreational athletes across a wide variety of sports including Premier League & EFL football, English Premiership & URC Rugby and ECB Cricket.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Special interests

  • Sports injuries of the foot and ankle 

Other interests

Ankle arthritis including replacement
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

Innovative techniques in Sports foot and ankle surgery 


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • European Foot and Ankle Surgery (EFAS)
  • British Medical Association. (BMA)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale Trust
  • BOFAS Education Committee 2015-2022
  • WRU Premiership Rugby Medical Committee 2017-2021

Insurers Mr Rhys Thomas works with

Mr Rhys Thomas works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • 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
  • 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.