Dr Stephen Gwilym

MBBS, DPhil, FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)


College Lecturer in Medicine

Stephen Gwilyn's current research in NDORMS aims to integrate his areas of scientific and clinical expertise; investigating pain following trauma and the conduct of intervention trials for upper limb trauma.

Dr Gwilym graduated from University College, London in 2000 having previously obtained a First Class degree in Human Sciences, with a focus on the neurophysiology of pain. After basic surgical training in London and Oxford, he entered specialist Orthopaedic training in Oxford in 2004. During this period of specialist training, he further developed his research interest in musculoskeletal pain and took a sabbatical from training between 2007 and 2010 having been awarded an Arthritis Research UK research fellowship in Orthopaedics. During this time he worked jointly with Professor Andy Carr at NDORMS and Professor Irene Tracey at the Functional MRI of the Brain centre, Oxford. This period of research resulted in the award of a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford in 2010 with a thesis titled “Investigating the phenotype and mechanisms of chronic pain in musculoskeletal disease”.

In 2011, Stephen was appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the University of Oxford. During 2012 he completed sub-specialist Trauma and Upper limb fellowships in Sydney, Australia at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He returned to Oxford at the beginning of 2013 and was appointed as a consultant later that year.



Stephen is the Lecturer in Surgery at St Hildas.  He is responsible for teaching of the St Hildas' Clinical students (Years 3 to 6) in clinical examination skills and the theory of surgical practice.  In addition to this role he is responsible for the undergraduate program of teaching in Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Oxford.



1.Holt TA, Mant D, Carr A, Gwilym S, Beard D, Toms C, Yu LM, Rees J Corticosteroid injection for shoulder pain: single-blind randomized pilot trial in primary care Trials. 2013 Dec; 1(14): 425. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-425

2.Soni A, Batra R, Gwilym S, Spector T, Hart D, Arden N, Cooper C, Tracey I, Javaid M Neuropathic features of joint pain: A community-based study Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Apr. doi: 10.1002/art.37962

3.Dean BJF, Gwilym SE, Carr AJ Why does my shoulder hurt? A review of the neuroanatomical and biochemical basis of shoulder pain British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013


1.Gwilym SE, Rees JL Management Of The Non-Traumatic Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear Orthopaedics and Trauma. 2012; 1(26): 53-59


1.Fairbank J, Gwilym SE, France JC, Daffner SD, Dettori J, Hermsmeyer J, Andersson G The role of classification of chronic low back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Oct 1;36(21 Suppl):S19-42.

2.Gwilym SE, Oag HC, Tracey I, Carr AJ Evidence that central sensitisation is present in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome and influences the outcome after surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2011 Apr;93(4):498-502.


1.Kemp MA, Hinsley DE, Gwilym SE, Giele HP, Athanasou NA, Gibbons CL Functional and oncological outcome following marginal excision of well-differentiated forearm liposarcoma with nerve involvement. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Jan;36(1):94-100. Epub 2010 Nov 24.

2.Gwilym SE, Filippini N, Douaud G, Carr AJ, Tracey I Thalamic atrophy associated with painful osteoarthritis of the hip is reversible after arthroplasty: a longitudinal voxel-based morphometric study. ARTHRITIS RHEUM-US. 2010 Oct;62(10):2930-40.

3.Chaudhury S, Gwilym SE, Moser J, Carr AJ Surgical options for patients with shoulder pain. NAT REV RHEUMATOL. 2010 Apr;6(4):217-26.

4.Carr A, Gwilym S Orthopaedic surgery: Current trends and recent innovations Key Topics in Surgical Research and Methodology. 2010: 913-922. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-71915-1_70


1.Gwilym SE, Keltner JR, Warnaby CE, Carr AJ, Chizh B, Chessell I, Tracey I Psychophysical and functional imaging evidence supporting the presence of central sensitization in a cohort of osteoarthritis patients. ARTHRITIS RHEUM-US. 2009 Aug 27;61(9):1226-1234. [Epub ahead of print]

Gwilym SE, Watkins B, Cooper CD, Harvie P, Auplish S, Pollard TC, Rees JL, Carr AJ Genetic influences in the progression of tears of the rotator cuff. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 Jul;91(7):915-7.

Dr Stephen Gwilym