Surgeon – Will Thomas


The Surgeon

 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Will Thomas

Mr Will Thomas FRCS (Tr & Orth), MB BS, BSC (hons), PGCME


William Thomas is a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in conditions of the shoulder and elbow as well as Upper Limb injuries. His practice is based at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter Nuffield Hospital, Exeter.


Will qualified from University College London Medical School in 2001. During his undergraduate studies he also gained an Honours Degree in the field of Physiology and Pharmacology. He then moved to the West Country for his basic surgical training in Bath and his Orthopaedic training in Bristol. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011.


Will has a broad experience of shoulder and trauma surgery, completing prestigious, advanced surgical fellowships in Geelong, Victoria, Australia with Associate Professor Richard Page and at the South West of England’s Major Trauma Centre in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He holds active membership of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society, the British Trauma Association and the British Orthopaedic Association. His specialist clinical practice has a particular focus on arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques and the contemporary treatment of traumatic injuries.


Will has a keen interest in medical education, having a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from Bristol University and holding a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He has been involved in the education of medical students from Bristol Medical School, Deakin Postgraduate Medical School in Australia and is excited by Exeter’s new Medical School. He trains Orthopaedic Surgical Trainees and has run a specialist orthopaedic trauma course for Registrar’s approaching their Fellowship exams.


High quality and relevant research underpins Will’s practice. He has not only contributed to this body of knowledge though out his career but is continually seeking novel and innovative ways of improving the care he provides for his patients. He has research projects exploring the biomechanical science of shoulder joint replacement and reconstruction after injury. He has a major interest in Frozen Shoulder and in novel methods of enhancing patient experience and care during both day surgery and inpatient stays by using the Enhanced Recovery philosophy.