Mike McNicholas was trained as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in St Andrews, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh. He was appointed as a Consultant in 2001 to Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
His clinical practice covers all aspects of adult musculoskeletal disorder with particular emphasis on knee surgery, arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction of the knee, sports injuries and knee joint replacement.
His continued interest in sports medicine has been recognised by election, without examination, as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the Directorate of Sport at the University of Salford. This was in recognition of his continued successful collaborations in research and teaching on the rehabilitation of injured sportsmen and women.
He is involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and has won awards for this. He has also studied outcomes of meniscus repair, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, multiple ligament reconstruction, hip and knee replacements, including their effect on return to golfing.
He teaches on courses for orthopaedic surgeons in trauma surgery, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee and hip and knee replacement surgery and is invited to lecture and teach surgical techniques nationally and internationally.
He is a St Andrew’s University Blue in swimming and water polo and Manchester University half Maroon in water polo. He has College and University colours in volleyball and played Rugby for Old Bedians, his Medical Schools and combined Manchester Hospitals and for Madras FPRUFC.
He is married to Tracey and they have six children. His main interest outside medicine is sport. The kids are all very active and family life is, as you could imagine, very busy. They have four dogs, and two rabbits, at the last count!