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, both upper and lower limb, for children and adolescents and a significant portion of his NHS practice is at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh (Sick Kids), where he runs two specialist multi-disciplinary clinics.
He also has expertise in the orthopaedic management of neuromuscular conditions, foot and ankle surgery and knee surgery in children and adults. In private practice, he regularly assesses and treats condition of the knee, foot and ankle in adults and children and performs surgery regularly for the breadth of these sub-specialities. This includes a high volume of minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy), with greater than 200 ‘keyhole’ surgeries performed each year. He also has specialist expertise in the treatment of the orthopaedic manifestations of other diseases, particularly neuromuscular (muscle and nerve diseases such as cerebral palsy). This includes gait improvement surgery (including complex osteotomy procedures) for the improvement of walking disorders and hip reconstruction surgery.
He is the clinical specialist of the gait analysis service for the south east Scotland region and this allows a highly specialist biomechanical instrumented 3-dimensional assessment of walking patterns, including kinematics and kinetics.
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 a keen walker and runner and enjoys keeping fit and active. He is interested in rugby and football.