Mr Robert Farnell is the Senior Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Consultant currently working at the Leeds General Infirmary. He specialises exclusively in the hand and wrist surgery and he has been a consultant since 2002. His hand expertise includes peripheral nerve entrapment (carpal tunnel syndrome & cubital tunnel syndrome), Dupuytren’s disease, tendon problems including trigger finger, arthritis, lumps and ganglions. He is a specialist wrist surgeon and an expert in the management of fractures of the distal radius, scaphoid bone and ligament injuries. He provides a tertiary referral service treating patients referred from other consultant surgeons around the region managing complex injuries and elective conditions including scaphoid non-union, wrist pain, wrist ligament reconstruction and revascularisation of Kienbock's disease.
Mr Farnell qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1990. His specialist orthopedic training was in Yorkshire where he was awarded the Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001. He was also awarded clinical hand fellowships in Leeds, Indianapolis, Louisville and a microsurgical fellowship in Leeds before he was appointed a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon in 2002. His many years of experience and education make him an expert in his field.
Mr Farnell has written several chapters in international postgraduate textbooks and journals, he also peer reviews scientific articles in journals. He utilises his expertise in surgical education. He is currently the Chairman of the UK Faculty for the AO Foundation, instructing in hand and wrist trauma courses in the UK and is also involved in the appointment of the National Interface Hand Fellows and he is the Educational Supervisor and co-ordinator for the Leeds Fellow. He is an examiner for the Hand diploma, the exit examination for hand surgical trainees. He has served as an elected member sitting on the Education and Training Committee for the British Society of Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)