Professor Stephen Gwilym



GMC number: 4724821

Practising since: 2000


Orthopaedic surgery

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Steve Gwilym is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the management of shoulder and elbow disorders.

  • Shoulder problems
  • Pain & stiffness
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder instability/dislocations
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Shoulder replacements.
  • Fractures and non-unions of clavicle or humerus. AC Joint injuries.

He is a recognised international expert on the topics of shoulder pain and shoulder trauma. He leads a number of research projects in these topics at the University of Oxford, and regularly runs training courses around the world where he teaches other surgeons about his clinical practice.  His research focuses on how to optimise patients’ outcomes with upper limb problems, and has resulted in international lectures, journal publications and over 5 million pounds worth of research grants to conduct research

Steve was previously the clinical lead at the Major Trauma Centre in Oxford, heading-up a team of specialist surgeons with expertise in the treatment of injuries, ranging from soft tissue injuries to complex trauma. 

Professor Gwilym qualified in 2000 with first class honours from University College London; and undertook his postgraduate medical and surgical training in London and Oxford. He then underwent specialist fellowship training in Shoulder surgery and Trauma, initially in Sydney, Australia and then at centres of excellence around Europe (Switzerland, France and Germany). He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Oxford in 2013.

Professor Gwilym previously undertook a PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in which he investigated the causes of pain in musculoskeletal disease. He remains an active clinician scientist, conducting clinical trials and basic science research at the University of Oxford. Mr Gwilym supervises students studying towards higher-degrees in Orthopaedics and is part of a team running a multi-million pound research portfolio.

Having consulted on Harley Street for a number of years, he now exclusively sees patients in his Oxfordshire clinics, offering the highest possible levels of care to local, national and international patients.

When not caring for his patients, his time is largely spent at his local tennis and badminton clubs with his wife and children. He also enjoys cycling and running.


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Special interests

  • Investigation and treatment of pain (shoulder impingement and rotator cuff problems)
  • Management of Frozen shoulder.
  • Investigation and treatment of shoulder dislocations.
  • Shoulder replacements for arthritis and problems following fracture.
  • Management of fractures and tendon injuries of the arms and legs.
  • Treatment of shoulder/arm fractures that have not healed properly.
  • Elbow surgery for stiffness, pain and instability.

Treatments and tests offered by Professor Stephen Gwilym at Nuffield Health

  • Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder Manipulation
  • Trauma reconstruction
  • Shoulder Stabilisation
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Tennis elbow release

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He maintains a current portfolio of academic research, ensuring his clinical practice is both evidence based and informed by the latest research and thinking.  He has already published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

His current research aims to integrate his areas of clinical and academic interest, looking into the most effective ways of treating shoulder pain and upper-limb trauma .

Recent Publications:

What are the Influential Factors of Disability after Upper Extremity Fractures?

Jayakumar, Prakash; Williams, Mark; Ring, David; Lamb, Sarah; Gwilym, Stephen

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Nov;476(11):2190-2215

The use of computer adaptive tests in outcome assessments following upper limb trauma.

Jayakumar, Prakash; Williams, Mark; Ring, David; Lamb, Sarah; Gwilym, Stephen

Bone Joint J. 2018 Jun 1;100-B(6):693-702 

Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for subacromial shoulder pain (CSAW): a multicentre, pragmatic, parallel group, placebo-controlled, three-group, randomised surgical trial
The Lancet, November 2017
David J Beard, Jonathan L Rees, Jonathan A Cook, Ines Rombach, Cushla Cooper, Naomi Merritt, Beverly A Shirkey, Jenny L Donovan, Stephen Gwilym, Julian Savulescu, Andrew J Carr

Rotator cuff tears: repair and reconstruction

Gibbs VN. Rees J., Gwilym S. (2018),Orthopaedics and Trauma, 32, 165 – 170

Rotator cuff tears: pathology and non-surgical management 

Aboelmagd T., Rees J., Gwilym S.

Orthopaedics and Trauma 32(3) · May 2018


A Systematic Review of Outcome Measures Assessing Disability Following Upper Extremity Trauma

Jayakumar, Prakash; Williams, Mark; Ring, David; Lamb, Sarah; Gwilym, Stephen

JAAOS: Global Research and Reviews:  July 2017 - Volume 1 - Issue 4 - p e021


Public priorities for osteoporosis and fracture research: results from a general population survey

Paskins, Z., Jinks, C., Mahmood, W. Gwilym SE

Arch Osteoporos (2017) 12: 45. doi:10.1007/s11657-017-0340-5


Neck pain with radiculopathy. Systematic review

Bhagawati D, Gwilym S.

BMJ Clinical Evidence. 2015 December.


Whiplash associated disorder; a review of current pain concepts

S. E. Gwilym, R. M. Stace

Bone & joint 360 February 2015


Corticosteroid injection for shoulder pain: single-blind randomized pilot trial in primary care.

Holt TA, Mant D, Carr A, Gwilym S, Beard D, Toms C, Yu LM, Rees J.

Trials. 2013 Dec 10;14:425


Why does my shoulder hurt? - A review of the neuroanatomical and biochemical basis of shoulder pain

Dean BF, Gwilym SE & Carr AJ

Br J Sports Med. 2013 Feb 21


Surgical options for patients with shoulder pain

Chaudhury S, Gwilym SE, Moser J, Carr AJ.

Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2010 Apr;6(4):217-26.

Genetic influences in the progression of tears of the rotator cuff

Gwilym SE, Watkins B, Cooper C, Harvie P, Auplish S, Pollard TC, Rees JL, Carr AJ.

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 Jul;91(7):915-7.


  • Orthopaedic Trauma Society
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Service, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
  • Clinical Lead for Orthopaedic Trauma, Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford
  • Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics, University of Oxford
  • University Lecturer, St Hildas' College, Oxford

Insurers Professor Stephen Gwilym works with

Professor Stephen Gwilym works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • CS Healthcare
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Professor Stephen Gwilym does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor Stephen Gwilym does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Professor Stephen Gwilym does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.