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Matthew Gardiner

MA PhD FRCS(Plast)

Honorary Departmental Senior Research Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Consultant Hand and Plastic Surgeon, Frimley Health Foundation NHS Trust
  • Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Specialty Lead for Hand and Plastic Surgery

Surgical Trials

I co-founded the Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network (RSTN) with Prof. Abhilash Jain in 2013. The RSTN is the UK clinical trials network for plastic surgery and hand surgery. It has over 600 members from undergraduates through to consultants and trials methodologists. 

The RSTN has developed many interdisciplinary collaborations to deliver a diverse range of projects. My main interest is clinical trials relating to hand surgery and in particular developing placebo arm RCTs. Visit for further information. 


As part of the ARUK Centre for OA Pathogenesis, I work with Prof Tonia Vincent on translational projects relating to base of thumb osteoarthritis. This has led to collaborations with groups at University of Leeds (Drs Pete Culmer and Ali Alazmani) and Imperial College London (Dr Angela Kedgley).

MSc Surgical Science and Practice

I am co-director of the Health Innovation and Technology module. Further details regarding the course are here.


I read physiological sciences as an undergraduate at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge before moving to Oriel College, University of Oxford to complete my clinical training.

In 2011, I completed a PhD at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Imperial College London. The aim of the study was to investigate the molecular changes that occur during the initiation and early progression of osteoarthritis (OA).