David Cairns

Mr David Cairns is a highly experienced Orthopaedic & Trauma surgeon with over 10 years of experience as a consultant. He also trains surgeons on the latest surgical techniques and is an examiner for the fellowship examination.

Medbelle positionConsultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon
TitlesBSc, MB ChB, FRCS Ed (Tr & Orth)
SpecialisationShoulder and Upper Limb
Experience25 years
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
David Cairns


Mr David Cairns is a senior Orthopaedic & Trauma surgeon with over 10 years of consultant experience. Alongside his NHS and private practice positions, he is Director of North of Scotland Training Programme in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a passion for education and research. Mr Cairns is also a member of the Aberdeen Orthopaedics network. Patients appreciate his friendly demeanour and professionalism.


  • 2008 - Present: NHS Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at both Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend hospitals in Aberdeen
  • 2008 - Present: Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen
  • 2008 - Present: Training Programme Director for the North of Scotland Orthopaedic Rotation
  • 2017 - Present: Examiner for the Fellowship examination in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery (FRCS Tr&Orth).


  • BSc Med Sci University of Edinburgh 1996
  • MBChB University of Edinburgh 1997
  • FRCS (Tr&Orth) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2006
  • Sports Surgery Fellowship Perth Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group 2007

Professional memberships

  • General Medical Council (GMC) number: 4442666
  • British Orthopaedic Association and British Elbow and Shoulder Society
  • Examiner for the Intercollegiate Exam in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (FRCS Tr&Orth)
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Specialist surgical interests

  • Shoulder surgery: arthroscopy, rotator cuff injuries, instability surgery and joint replacement.
  • Elbow surgery and management of tendinopathy, e.g. tennis or golfer's elbow
  • Hand surgery: carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's surgery and arthritis
  • Trauma surgery

Aberdeen Orthopaedics

Mr David Cairns is part of Aberdeen Orthopaedics, a network of highly-experienced orthopaedic specialists working together to provide the very best multidisciplinary care in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

Circle Albyn Hospital

21 Albyn Pl


AB10 1RW

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