Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Dennis Kosuge was born and brought up in Hong Kong to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. He left Hong Kong for the United Kingdom in 1997 to study medicine at the University of Nottingham. After spending a year as house officer at the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary, he enrolled on the two-year basic surgical rotation at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. It was during this time that he developed his love for Trauma & Orthopaedics and subsequently spent six months at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital on the Bone Tumour Unit. This was followed by a year as Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow at The Royal London Hospital after which he embarked upon his higher surgical training on the North-East Thames Percivall Pott Orthopaedic Training Programme (http://percivallpottrotation.co.uk/). During his training, he was based at The Royal London Hospital but also spent time at other centres including Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and was able to re-acquaint himself with the Bone Tumour Unit at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He developed his subspecialist interest in lower limb arthroplasty during higher surgical training as a result of being inspired by a number of trainers he worked for. Upon completion of his orthopaedic training, he pursued this interest in the form of a one year fellowship in lower limb arthroplasty with Professor Donald Howie at The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. His training programme also gave him excellent exposure to trauma and its management which led to his interest and enjoyment in various aspects of trauma – to pursue this interest further, he went to Japan on an AOTrauma Fellowship in 2013 and in the process became the first AOTrauma Fellow in Japan. His curiosity and ability to speak Japanese led to the choice of Japan – in addition to this, he has visited Japan on two other occasions in a professional capacity through being awarded the Tohoku University Orthopaedic Visiting Fellowship (2011) and British Orthopaedic Association Zimmer Adult Reconstruction Travelling Fellowship (2014). On his return from Australia, he commenced his second fellowship in lower limb arthroplasty at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and was subsequently appointed Consultant at The Princess Alexandra Hosptial in February 2015.
As a part of the curriculum, he obtained a Bachelor in Medical Sciences (BMedSci) during his time at the University of Nottingham – his BMedSci research project looking at expression of growth factors in colorectal carcinoma led to his first ever journal publication. He continues to enjoy academic writing and has made contributions to orthopaedic textbooks and journal publications. He obtained his Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCSEd) in 2005, followed by his Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) in Trauma & Orthopaedics in 2011. He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and AOTrauma.
During his higher surgical training, he spent time as BOTA Linkman for his region and Trainee Representative at the London Deanery’s Speciality Trainee Committee (STC) meetings. He enjoys the critical analysis of journal articles and is a reviewer for The Bone & Joint Journal.
Dennis Kosuge opened the bowling for Hong Kong Under-19 Cricket Team and continues to enjoy playing when given the opportunity during the summer months. He had his first golf lesson whilst he was out in Australia in 2013 and finds it a great escape from the pressures of work. He lives with his wife, Hannah, and their cat ‘Lon-chan’.
Dennis Kosuge is the lead author on our recent Focus on: Paediatric lower limb coronal alignment: assessment and diagnosis.
Other recent articles:
Solomon LB, Costi K, Kosuge D, Cordier T, McGee MA, Howie DW. Bone Joint J 2015;97-B8:1038-45.
Kosuge D, Barry M. Bone Joint J 2015;97-B4:442-8.
Kosuge D, Cordier T, Solomon LB, Howie DW. Bone Joint J 2014;96-B9:1155-60.