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Surgery, Pain and Rehabilitation Group

We are a research group in Warwick Clinical Trials Unit with a passion for clinical trials of complex healthcare interventions.

We have particular expertise in trials of surgery, musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, tendon disease or back pain), injuries, chronic pain, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Our research is designed to directly improve patient care. The patient voice is at the core of what we do. We work with patients, clinicians and organisations across the full spectrum of care, from community care facilities all the way through to specialist hospital treatment.

Surgery, Pain and Rehabilitation Team
Chief Investigators

Dr. Michael Backhouse

Associate Professor

Prof. Julie Bruce


Dr. David Ellard

Associate Professor

Prof. Damian Griffin


Prof. Rebecca Kearney


Dr. Andy Metcalfe

Associate Clinical Professor

Jeremy Rodrigues

Dr. Harbinder Sandhu

Associate Professor

Prof. Martin Underwood


Honorary Appointments

Dr. Gordon McGregor

Honorary Research Fellow

Methodologists and Research Fellows

Dr. Imran Ahmed

Clinical Research Fellow

Stuart Ennis

Research Fellow

Dr. Susanne Arnold

Research Fellow

James Griffin

Research Associate

Aminul Haque

Research Associate

Dr. Chetan Khatri

Clinical Research Fellow

Prof. James Mason


Bishal Mohindru

Research Associate

Vivien Nichols

Research Associate

Henry Nwankwo

Research Fellow

Dr. Helen Parsons

Associate Professor

Dr. Rachel Potter

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Sophie Rees

Senior Research Fellow



Current Projects




Surgery, Pain and Rehabilitation Impact

Our research is designed to make a positive difference to patient’s lives. To achieve this, we work hard to ensure our research has impact. We have published our work in the world’s leading medical journals (NEJM, Lancet, BMJ) and work with patients and carers to deliver information for the public.

Our researchers have worked with patient organisations, commissioning groups, professional organisations and NICE. Examples include:

- Associate Professor Sandhu was voted ‘Hero of Hope’ by the International pain foundation, for her work in chronic pain.

- We have strong links with numerous professional organisations, including the Association of Trauma and Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee and the British Orthopaedic Association.

- Professor Underwood has chaired previous NICE guidelines, and helped lead the recent ‘Back pain’ series of articles in the Lancet

- Our orthopaedic research has been shown to change the delivery of surgery in the UK, reducing complications and saving money.

A list of the team's recent publications can be found on our Google scholar page

Work with the Surgery, Pain and Rehabilitation group

Collaborate with us- if you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact a member of the team. For more information on working with Warwick CTU, click here.

Work with us- Warwick CTU job opportunities are advertised on the Warwick University career opportunities webpage.

Study with us- Warwick Medical School offers a range of post-graduate degree opportunities including PhD, MD, MSc by Research, and MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (including critical care).

Please feel free to contact a member of the Surgery, Pain and Rehabilitation team if you are interested in undertaking a research degree (PhD, MD, MSc by Research)- where appropriate, we are happy to support individuals in identifying sources of funding.