Wagih El MasriKeele University & Emeritus Consultant Surgeon, UK
Wagih El Masri trained between 1971 & 1983 in the Oxford group of hospitals, Guys Hosp. London, Stoke Mandeville hospital and the USA. He obtained the first accreditation in the fields of Spinal Injuries and Allied Surgical Specialities in 1982. Appointed Consultant Surgeon in Spinal Injuries at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries, the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital in 1983. He personally treated 10,000 patients with Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries and took full responsibility for the lifelong monitoring and care of 3000 of these patients. He published over 145 manuscripts. He is author of the: Concepts of “Physiological Instability of the Spinal Cord”, “Time related Biomechanical Instability”, “Micro-instability of the injured spine” and published the largest series of Bladder cancer in SCI patients as well as the longest follow up manuscript on Post Traumatic Syringomyelia. He has repeatedly demonstrated and published on the discrepancy between the radiological and neurological presentations of patients in support of the hypothesis that the initial force of the impact and the quality of the management of both the injured spine and the effects of cord injury are the two major determinants of the initial neurological loss and the neurological outcome. He is Past-President of the International Spinal Cord Society; Past Chairman British Association of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists and has lectured world-wide. He is Founder member of SPIRIT Educational Charity in Spinal Injuries and currently Chairman of Trustees of the Charity He won many National and International awards and was commended in the House of Lords on two occasions.