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Karishma Shah


DPhil student

  • Clinical Research Fellow in Hand Surgery
  • RCS Research Fellow 2020-21 (Honorary)

Kari is a DPhil candidate, studying the epidemiology of hand osteoarthritis. In particular, she is developing clinical risk prediction models in the UK and USA for hand osteoarthritis, and assessing the use of this software as a clinical decision tool. She is also assessing the burden of hand injury requiring medical treatment, and its sequela, in athletes in the UK and Australia. She is an honorary RCS Research Fellow (2020-21), and was the BSSH Research Fellow (2018-19). She is also an MSD Divisional Scholar. 

Kari read Medicine at University College London. She completed an intercalated BSc in Orthopaedics, and her thesis was enrolled on the Dean's List. During Clinical Medical School, she joined the Surgical and Interventional Trials Unit, UCL, working on Prostate Cancer studies. The team was awarded the BMJ/BMA Innovation Award 2015. During her final year of Medical School, Kari completed an Orthopaedic Trauma elective at Yale University. She was then an Academic Foundation Doctor in Orthopaedics at Oxford University Hospitals, one of only a handful in the country.

Kari enjoys teaching medical students, and is currently a Lecturer at St Catherine's College, having been a Teaching Associate at Green Templeton College. Kari is also currently working alongside a journalist to profile the stories of NHS surgeons and their work outside the hospitals- tackling the pandemic, standing up for culture change, and surviving personal battles. These stories are part of the free open- access Surgepod Podcast, available on Anchor FM, Spotify, Google podcasts, Apple podcasts, and more: