Our Team

Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan

Consultant Hand Surgeon

British Hand Diploma, FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedics, MRCS England, MBBS BSc Orthopaedic Science

Professional profile

Mr Shyamalan is a dedicated Hand Surgeon working and training others at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, serving a population of over one million people. He is regarded to be one of the leading hand surgeons in the West Midlands.

He sees complex hand, wrist and elbow problems in his general NHS hand clinics in Solihull and Good Hope Hospital (Sutton Coldfield). He also performs general orthopaedic trauma surgery at Heartlands Hospital, sub-specialising in complex upper limb injuries such as fractures around the shoulder and elbow.

Currently he is the Clinical Governance Lead for Trauma and Orthopaedics and is a member of the quality and safety panel for surgical specialities.

His hand & plastic surgery fellowship training was undertaken at three world class units:

  • Ganga Hospital, India, with Raja Sabapathy.
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, with Professor Tonkin.
  • The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, with Kate Owers and Rupert Eckersley.

He has worked and published research with David Warwick.

During this time he developed expertise in complex nerve procedures, children’s hand problems, soft tissue hand trauma, including tendon, nerve and arterial repair, arthritis work, including joint replacement and wrist arthroscopy.

Mr Shyamalan’s aim is to offer an individualised, multi disciplinary service in the management of hand and wrist conditions. He works with hand therapists and gives due consideration to both surgical and non-surgical options.

NHS Practice

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust: Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals

Private practice:

Special clinical interests:

  • Hand & wrist arthritis and trauma
  • Minimally invasive surgery for Dupuytren’s disease (Xiapex- collagenase)
  • Peripheral nerve injury and compression (Carpal Tunnel Surgery)
  • Wrist and thumb arthroscopy (key hole surgery)
  • Scaphoid fractures and failed healing
  • Small joint replacement in the hand and wrist (knuckle replacements)
  • Elbow conditions
  • Fractures around the shoulder

Medical qualifications:

  • MBBS Royal Free Hospital 1999
  • MRCS England Royal College Surgeons England 2002
  • FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedics Joint British Colleges 2009
  • British Hand Diploma Manchester University and Royal College of Surgeons England 2011

About Mr Shyamalan

Mr Shyamalan grew up in County Durham, studying at Barnard Castle School. He developed a particular passion for rugby and went on to play for Durham County at School level. He broke his scaphoid bone (one of the carpal bones on the thumb side of the wrist) at school which required surgery, and started his love of hand surgery. He is still involved in cricket and squash, although he has stopped full contact rugby as it plays havoc with ones fingers!

Mr Shyamalan believes the real secret to his success is his wife and two little girls. In a changing landscape, steering his two girls to a happy life is his main goal and they enjoy many activities together.

Love all, serve all

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Dr Sethu Veerabadran

Consultant Anaesthetist


Professional profile

Dr Veerabadran trained in anaesthesia and critical care medicine in the northwest of england and has advanced training and a diplomate in regional anaesthesia, gaining expertise in ultrasound guided nerve blocks.

Specialist interests

  • Anaesthesia for awake upper limb surgery under regional anaesthesia
  • Anaesthesia for major bowel surgery and peritoneal cancers
  • Promoting education and training in regional anaesthesia
  • Course Director for Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia training workshops in University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Medical qualifications


Dr Abir Doger

Consultant in Anaesthetics and Pain Management


Professional profile

Dr Doger has trained locally in the West Midlands and was awarded FFPMRCA, the benchmark qualification recognised by the Faculty of Pain Management (Royal College of Anaesthetists). He is proficient in all aspects of back & neck pain management. He routinely performs epidural injections, nerve root blocks, cervical/thoracic/lumbar facet joint injections and medial branch blocks. He also performs Sacroiliac joint injections, trochanteric bursa, Occipital nerve & trigger point injections.

He was also appointed an Honorary Research Fellow at Solihull Pain Research Clinic, which gave him a unique insight into the management of complex painful conditions.

One of his key objectives is to support improvement in the cancer pain services, which he feels passionately about.

Special clinical interests

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Complex Pain Syndromes
  • Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia

Medical qualification

  • MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA / West Midlands / 2012, Faculty of Pain Management (Royal College of Anaesthetists)

About Dr Doger

I am a keen mountaineer and have trekked extensively in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. My next goal is to visit Everest Space Camp. I am also a keen cricketer and actively follow international & local cricket.

Jane Wood

Physiotherapist BSc (Hons)

Professional profile

Jane has over twenty years experience in the treatment of muskulo-skeletal out-patients. She has a specialist interest in exercise rehabilitation including hydrotherapy, pilates and swiss ball. Jane assesses and treats patients with vestibular problems and has experience in treating hand conditions and making splints.

Specialist clinical interests

  • Musculoskeletal out-patients
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pilates
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy

Medical qualifications

  • BSc / 1993, Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

About Jane

Jane is keen on health and fitness and enjoys running, cycling and hill walking. She also enjoys family time.

Susannah Lundie

Physiotherapist BSc (Hons)

BSc, BA, DipHE

Professional profile

Susannah has over 16 years experience as a physiotherapist working in both the NHS and Private sectors. She has specialist experience in both orthopaedics and respiratory.  Susannah is currently the hand specialist working at Spire Little Aston and carries out assessments and formulates individual treatment plans including advice, therapy and splinting.

Susannah also teaches antenatal education for the National Childbirth Trust helping parents in the transition to parenthood.

Specialist clinical interests

  • Hand Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal post-operative outpatients
  • Respiratory
  • Antenatal Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports injury
  • Pain relief
  • Rehabilitation
  • Allied health professionals

Medical qualifications

  • BSc / University of the West of England / 1999, Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Kate Neal

Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons)

Professional profile

Kate is an experienced Occupational Therapist, with experience in trauma and orthopaedics, burns and plastic, hand trauma, neurology and rheumatology. She has worked both for the private sector and the NHS, as well as providing an independent occupational therapy service on a consultancy basis providing hand rehabilitation reports for insurance companies.

Kate’s aim as an Occupational therapist is to consider the “whole” person and base the treatment accordingly, working closely with Surgeons and Physiotherapists.

About Kate

I love my work as an Occupational Therapist; the challenge and complexities, but also understanding the smallest of things can make a dramatic difference to a persons life. A gadget or a splint can enable someone to play the guitar or ease the pain of day to day activities.

I try to play tennis and pretend I am fit by attending the gym. As well as my interest in hands and brains (after all they work together!) I help with a local charity to promote the understanding of Autism.

My biggest challenge of course is bringing up two teenage children.

Alison James


Alison works alongside Pam as secretary for Mr Shyamalan. You can enquire or book an appointment here

Pam Dziubany


Pam is Mr Shyamalan’s private secretary for his private patients. You can contact her to enquire or book an appointment here