Allan Stirrat

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Alan Stirrat

Professional Profile

After initial experience in general and vascular surgery at Liverpool I switched to orthopaedic surgery in 1985 with basic training in hand surgery at Northwick Park, London. I was a senior resident on the Harvard Orthopaedic programme in 1986/87. Higher training then followed at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital with special interest in peripheral nerve injury. I became a consultant at Sunderland Royal Hospital in 1991 where I was Clinical Director in Trauma and Orthopaedics from 1997 for three years.

I specialise in orthopaedic surgery of the upper limb including shoulder and hand surgery.

I have been responsible for organising postgraduate training in surgery of the shoulder and elbow for the Northern Region. I was on the Medical Advisory Committee at Spire Washington Hospital from 1994 to 1997. I am a CQC Registered Manager for Matrix Health Services UK Ltd,

Qualification and professional memberships

MB ChB / University of Dundee / 1979
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (Edinburgh) 1984

Current NHS posts

Honorary consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Clinical Interests

Elbow surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Shoulder surgery
Upper limb surgery

Arthroscopic surgery of shoulder and elbow; rotator cuff disease and repair; shoulder stabilisation; joint replacement of shoulder and elbow; hand surgery; injuries and disorders of peripheral nerves; upper limb trauma in general.


Some of the principal treatments carried out by Allan Stirrat are:

Rotator cuff repair
Shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder replacement surgery
Shoulder stabilisation

Personal profile

I am enthusiastic about my practice which is now focused on the upper limb. I was born and educated in Scotland and moved south after graduation. In recent years I have lived much of the time in Edinburgh although I continue to practice in the North East of England, based in Sunderland and Newcastle. My experiences in management as a NHS clinical director and as executive director of a private healthcare company have given me considerable insight into the delicate balance between patient expectations, the cost of healthcare and the responsibilities of the medical profession. I enjoy sport which stimulates my interest in the management of sports injuries.

Practising at

City Hospitals Sunderland
Spire Washington & Edinburgh
Nuffield Newcastle