Mr Nigel Gummerson

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
Adult and Paediatric Spinal Surgery
Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Leeds

Qualifications & Training

  • Paediatric Spinal Fellowship. Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.
    May 2008 to August 2009
  • Adult Spinal Fellowship. Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.                             
    May 2008 to August 2009
  • Visiting Surgeon Program, Dr Daniel Riew, Saint Louis, U.S.A.              
    July 2009
  • Visiting Surgeon Program, Dr Lawrence Lenke, Saint Louis, U.S.A.       
    July 2009
  • FRCS (Tr and Orth)                                                                                     
  • MRCS(Eng), Royal College of Surgeons of England                                              
  • BM BCh, Trinity College, University of Oxford                                         
  • BA, Physiological Sciences, Trinity College, University of Oxford        

Mr Gummerson trained in Oxford and Leeds before completing his spinal fellowship training in Sheffield. He returned to Leeds, as a Consultant Spinal Surgeon, in 2009.

Specialist Interests

Mr Gummerson’s surgical practice is wholly spinal. He sees patients with:

  • Acute spine trauma
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Metastatic spinal disease
  • Spinal infection
  • Adult and Paediatric Spinal Deformity
  • Degenerative thoracic and lumbar conditions
  • Lumbar back pain
  • Radicular pain
  • Spondylolisthesis

Adult and Paediatric Spinal Deformity: 
Mr Gummerson’s main interest is in the treatment of spinal deformity. He runs the department’s EDF casting program for children with early onset scoliosis. He is experienced in the use of spinal growing systems (including the MAGEC rod and SHILLA guided growth systems) and in definitive fusion surgery for deformity. Mr Gummerson regularly performs complex spinal osteotomies and interbody fusions (when required) in the context of spinal deformity correction.

Spinal Trauma: 
Mr Gummerson also has a particular interest in spinal trauma. He has authored a number of journal articles on spinal trauma and he lectures locally and nationally on this topic.

Mr Gummerson is heavily involved in training the next generation of spinal surgeons. Together with his colleagues, he supervises four Spinal Surgery Fellows and a number of other trainee doctors. Leeds hosts one of the UK’s two National Spinal Surgery Fellowship posts.

Mr Gummerson accepts instructions for both Personal Injury reports and Clinical Negligence reports.

Recent Publications

  • Loughenbury, P., Tomlinson, J., Mann, C., Lamb, J., Dunsmuir, R., Millner, P., Rao, A., Khan, A. and Gummerson, N., 2016. Is the thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score (TLICS) applicable to UK practice?. The Spine Journal16(4), pp.S60-S61.
  • Basheer, S., Loughenbury, P., Tomlinson, J., Dunsmuir, R., Gummerson, N., Khan, A., Rao, A. and Millner, P., 2016. Sacropelvic fixation using S2 alar-iliac (S2AI) screws—analysis of clinical and radiological outcomes with minimum 1-year follow-up. The Spine Journal16(4), p.S82.
  • Loughenbury, P., Gentles, S., Murphy, E., Tomlinson, J., Dunsmuir, R., Gummerson, N., Rao, A., Rowbotham, E., Millner, P. and Khan, A., 2016. Estimated X-ray exposure and additional cancer risk during surgical treatment of scoliosis in the growing spine. The Spine Journal16(4), p.S54.
  • Rudol, G. and Gummerson, N.W., 2014. (ii) Thoracolumbar spinal fractures: review of anatomy, biomechanics, classification and treatment. Orthopaedics and Trauma28(2), pp.70-78.
  • Wade, R., Yang, H., McKenna, C., Faria, R., Gummerson, N. and Woolacott, N., 2013. A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of EOS 2D/3D X-ray imaging system. European Spine Journal22(2), pp.296-304.
  • Gummerson, N., 2012. Spine trauma. Orthopaedics and Trauma26(4), p.295.
  • McKenna, C., Wade, R., Faria, R., Yang, H., Stirk, L., Gummerson, N., Sculpher, M. and Woolacott, N., 2012. EOS 2D/3D X-ray imaging system: a systematic review and economic evaluation.
  • Gummerson, N.W. and Millner, P.A., 2011. (ii) Scoliosis in children and teenagers. Orthopaedics and Trauma25(6), pp.403-412.
  • Gummerson, N.W. and Millner, P.A., 2010. Spinal fusion for scoliosis, clinical decision-making and choice of approach and devices. Skeletal radiology,39(10), pp.939-942.
  • Gummerson, N.W., Bishop, N.J., Cole, A.A., The Surgical Treatment Of Scoliosis In Type Iii And Iv Osteogenisis Imperfecta: The Sheffield Experience. Orthopaedic Proceedings Jul 2010, 92-B (SUPP III) 429;
  • Gummerson, N.W. and Cole, A.A., 2009. Spinal fractures in adults. Surgery (Oxford)27(7), pp.287-291.
  • Grotz, M.R.W., Gummerson, N.W., Gänsslen, A., Petrowsky, H., Keel, M., Allami, M.K., Tzioupis, C., Trentz, O., Krettek, C., Pape, H.C. and Giannoudis, P.V., 2006. Staged management and outcome of combined pelvic and liver trauma: An international experience of the deadly duo. Injury,37(7), pp.642-651.
  • Talbot JC, Gummerson NW, Kluge W, Shaw DL, Groves C, Lealman GT. Osteoporotic femoral fracture in a child with proprionic acidaemia presenting as non-accidental injury. Eur J Pediatr. 2006 Jul;165(7):496-7. Epub 2006 Apr 2
  • Jones, A.W., Gummerson, N.W. and Newman, R.J., 2001. Predicting outcomes of proximal femoral fractures by analysis of ‘get well’cards. Age and ageing30(3), pp.267-268
  • Smith, P.A., Sakura, H., Coles, B., Gummerson, N., Proks, P. and Ashcroft, F.M., 1997. Electrogenic arginine transport mediates stimulus-secretion coupling in mouse pancreatic beta-cells. The Journal of physiology499(Pt 3), p.625.
  • Sakura, H., Coles, B., Gummerson, N., Smith, P. and Ashcroft, F., 1995, August. Cationic Amino-Acid Transporters Expressed In Pancreatic Beta-Cells. In Diabetologia (Vol. 38, pp. A111-A111). 175 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010: Springer Verlag.

Professional Bodies

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England (Fellow)
  • British Scoliosis Society
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • AO Spine (Europe)
  • British Medical Association
  • Medical Defence Union

Contact Details

Mr Gummerson can be contacted through his secretary at Leeds General Infirmary:

Lorna Gavaghan
Tel:          0113 392 2261
Fax:         0113 392 6453

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