Sam Gidwani

Consultant hand and wrist surgeon


Sam Gidwani’s practice is exclusively focused on the treatment of disorders of the hand and wrist. He has worked as a consultant within the orthopaedic department at Guy’s Hospital since 2009, and also contributes to the regional hand trauma service at St Thomas’ Hospital. He was head of the orthopaedic department from September 2014 to September 2017, and is the orthopaedic lead for hand surgery. He has introduced a number of new techniques to the trust, most notably wrist replacement and thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint replacement.

Sam is a keen educator. He co-founded the yearly St Thomas’ cadaveric hand trauma course in 2011, and serves as a member of the Instructional Course Committee for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He travels to Nepal with the charity Working Hands on a yearly basis to treat patients with hand problems, chiefly related to leprosy.

Sam is a member of the following learned societies:

  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Medical Association
  • European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

Education and training

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), First Class Honours, King’s College London
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), King’s College London
  • Membership and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Trauma & Orthopaedics), Royal College of Surgeons
  • Diploma in Hand Surgery, British Society for Surgery of the Hand and University of Manchester
  • Hand Surgery Fellowships in Oxford (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre), Derby (Pulvertaft Hand Centre) and Brisbane (Princess Alexandra Hospital)

Research interests

  • Wrist fracture surgery and outcomes
  • Scaphoid fractures (chief investigator of TOHETI scaphoid study)
  • Joint replacement in the hand and wrist


Seminal papers in hand and wrist surgery. Nash W, Walker R, Gidwani S, Ajueid A. Orthopaedics and Trauma 2015; 29(6); 408-18.

Percutaneous fixation with Kirschner wires versus volar locking plate fixation in adults with dorsally displaced fracture of distal radius: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2014;349 (as part of the DRAFFT study group)

Preventing recurrence of radioulnar synostosis with pedicled adipofascial flaps. Sonderegger J, Gidwani S, Ross M. J Hand Surg Eur 2012; 37(3); 244-50.

Last updated: March 2024

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