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Sydney Shoulder Research Institute - Current Fellows
2021 Fellow

Dr Samuel Mackenzie

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Samuel Mackenzie

2021 Fellow


Raised in Aberdeen and educated at Robert Gordon’s College, I moved to Edinburgh at 18 to undertake my undergraduate medical and postgraduate surgical training. This included dedicated periods of research and teaching at the University of Edinburgh where I was a Clinical Teaching Fellow and completed a research MD. As a keen rugby player , I have always been interested in sport surgery and value the role we can play in helping patients return to a happy and active sporting life. I dedicated my speciality training to the understanding of shoulder and elbow injuries and how best to manage them both conservatively and surgically. A shoulder and upper extremity trauma fellowship at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary preceded my travels across the globe for a fellowship at the renowned Sydney Shoulder Research Institute. Following my time in Australia I will return to a consultant post at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I am passionate about trauma and orthopaedics and relish the challenges of this fantastic career.

Beyond clinical work I have research interests in shoulder pathology and service delivery and have co-authored a textbook on Orthopaedic Trauma aimed at newly appointed surgical trainees. Out-with work I enjoy running, climbing the hills of Scotland, and the occasional Whisky.

Fellowship Story

I attended the Sydney Shoulder Research Institute for a six month fellowship between February and August of 2021. This period of training was invaluable and I returned to a consultant practice in Edinburgh a far better informed and skilled surgeon. The tutors were extremely kind, and I relished the time I spent with each one. Drs Young, Cass and Hughes were always abreast of the current literature and I learned a great deal discussing various topics between cases.

As an SSRI fellow, one is exposed to a very high volume of surgeries and a diverse range of pathology and I was able to develop my abilities in a variety of procedures. The period was also productive from an academic perspective where my (fantastic) co-fellow, Milos Spasojevic, and I were involved in the publication of several peer reviews articles.

I am indebted to all the team at SSRI (especially Jasmin Gwynne) who made me so welcome and offered their valuable time to a Scotsman abroad. I would strongly recommend this fellowship to anyone intent on a career in shoulder surgery.