Mr Mark Gaston was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon in NHS Lothian in 2011 and shortly thereafter gained practicing privileges at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals. Mark’s clinical practice incorporates all aspect of orthopaedics and trauma for children and adolescents and a significant portion of his NHS practice is at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids), Edinburgh where he runs two specialist multi-disciplinary clinics.
He also has expertise in the orthopaedic management of neuromuscular conditions in all ages and foot and ankle surgery in adults and performs surgery for the breadth of this sub-speciality including bunion correction, ankle instability and minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy). He has a particular interest in foot and ankle deformity caused by other diseases (e.g. muscle and nerve disease) and gait improvement surgery (osteotomy) for the improvement of walking disorders, particularly in the context of complex neurological disease.
He is the clinical specialist of the gait analysis service for the SE Scotland region. He also regularly performs minimally invasive keyhole knee surgery (arthroscopy) for adolescents and young adults. This is for common knee conditions in young patients such as discoid meniscus, sports injuries, osteochondritis dissecans, removal of loose bodies, repair or removal of torn cartilage (meniscus) and for the assessment of knee pain.
Mr Mark Gaston graduated from Cambridge University in 1999. He completed basic surgical training in Edinburgh followed by specialist orthopaedic training as Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. He undertook two years of specialist orthopaedic training: one year specialist neuromuscular orthopaedic fellowship in Basel, Switzerland and one year senior clinical fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics at RHSC, Glasgow. He was appointed as consultant in orthopaedic surgery, NHS Lothian in 2011.
Mark completed a PhD during orthopaedic training during which he was awarded several research grants. He has continued a strong academic interest with in excess of 50 papers published in peer reviewed journals as well as invited articles and provision of peer review for 3 respected orthopaedic journals and NIHR. He currently leads on a Scottish national programme of surveillance for children with cerebral palsy (CPIPS) and is a member of several national committees.
Mark lives in the south of East Lothian with his wife and two children. He enjoys the rural life there and spending time with his family and dog. He is an interested observer of rugby and football.