Howard Cottam

Howard Cottam is an experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hand, wrist, shoulder, and arm conditions and procedures. He has successfully completed multiple fellowships across the UK and continues to be at the forefront of education in his role as clinical lead at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Medbelle position

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


BSc (Hons), MBBS Lond, MSc, FRCS (Tr & Orth)


Shoulder, Arm, Wrist & Hand


23 years


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

Howard Cottam


Howard Cottam is a highly-experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hand, wrist and upper limb surgeries. Alongside his NHS role and private practice, he was recently appointed as Honorary Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London in recognition of his ongoing involvement in teaching and training, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is dedicated to the advancement of orthopaedic techniques and patient outcomes and is a reviewer for the prestigious ‘The Bone and Joint Journal’. Patients describe him as down-to-earth, approachable, and professional.


  • 2015 - Present Medway NHS Foundation Trust Subspecialty Interest in Upper Limb Surgery
  • 2016 - Present Undergraduate Lead, King’s College London
  • 2014 - Present: Reviewer, The Bone and Joint Journal
  • 2020 - Present: Clinical Lead, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Medway Maritime Hospital
  • 2017 - Present: Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, King’s College London


  • Upper Limb Fellowship (Hand & Wrist) King's College Hospital, London, 2014
  • Upper Limb Fellowship (Shoulder & Elbow) Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Bristol, 2013
  • MSc. (Tr and Orth) University of Brighton, 2013
  • FRCS (Tr and Orth) Royal College of Surgeons, 2012
  • BSc. Hons King's College London, 1996
  • MBBS King's College Londo,n 1999

Professional memberships

  • General Medical Council (GMC number): 4625898
  • British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)

Specialist surgical interests

  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Subacromial Decompression for Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Stabilisation following Dislocation
  • Release for Frozen Shoulder
  • Acromioclavicular Surgery
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder Replacement for Arthritis
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Tennis and Golfer's Elbow Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Cubital Tunnel (Ulnar Nerve) Release
  • Wrist surgery
  • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Wrist Fusion for Arthritis
  • Ganglion Surgery
  • Surgery for Wrist Ligament Injuries
  • Surgery for Inflammation of the Wrist Tendons
  • Wrist Fracture Surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Joint injections
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Thumb Release
  • Thumb Arthritis
  • Hand Arthritis


KIMS Hospital

Newnham Ct Way



ME14 5FT

Circle Blackheath Hospital

40-42 Lee Terrace





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