​Mr Adrian Carlos

Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust

AXA AC05283
BUPA 04306267


MBChB, MSc(SurgSci), PgD(Orth), FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Secretary: Carla McLoughlin - 0207 496 3567 carlos.admin@sportsortho.co.uk

Based at:

Special interests

  • Sports Injuries and Upper Limb Trauma
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy (for Impingement, Rotator Cuff Tear, Dislocation, Biceps Pain and Frozen Shoulder)
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis, Dislocation and Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement for Arthritis and Fractures
  • Elbow Arthroscopy and Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Wrist & Hand Surgery

Professional positions

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Lead for Upper Limb Surgery, Barts Health Orthopaedic Centre
  • Surgical Tutor, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Personal details

Adrian grew up in North London. He is married and has three young children who take up most of his time outside of work. He enjoyed playing Tennis, Hockey, Basketball and Taekwondo at college and club level before taking up his career in Surgery. He continues to enjoy watching sports and has a passion for travelling.

Medical and Surgical Training

Adrian graduated from medical school at the University of Manchester and completed his Basic Surgical Training in London. He obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001.

He was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital working with Professor Rolfe Birch at the Peripheral Nerve Injuries Unit. His study on nerve injury and pain was granted research funding and, after submitting his thesis was awarded an MSc degree in Surgical Science at the University of London (UCL) in 2002.

Adrian continued working as an Orthopaedic Registrar at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital training programme and gained experience working in London’s teaching hospitals including the Royal Free Hospital. He entered Orthopaedic Higher Surgical Training in 2004 on the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals (South East Thames) programme and gained further training in London’s top hospitals including Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College Hospital, and for a year at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals in the South Coast.

In 2009, he obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in the specialty of Trauma & Orthopaedics. He was awarded a Diploma in Trauma & Orthopaedics from the University of Brighton in 2010. In 2011, he successfully completed Specialist Training (CCT) and elected to the Specialist Register.

Specialist Fellowship Training

Adrian has completed a further two years of Specialist Fellowship Training in Upper Limb Surgery at the University Hospital Southampton and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Both are major trauma centres and university teaching hospitals with renowned Upper Limb surgeons. Adrian has also completed a prestigious Travelling Fellowship in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery approved by BESS and funded by the Watanabe Club. He visited a group of internationally renowned surgeons who are experts in the field of Arthroscopic Shoulder and Upper Limb surgery.

Previous Consultant Experience

Adrian has been a substantive Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon since 2012. In 2012, he was appointed to the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Manchester. He developed a popular, modern and successful Upper Limb service. He led a transformation that saw the Trust become a leading regional centre for Upper Limb Surgery.

Current Consultant Position

Adrian took up his current post at Barts Health NHS Trust in 2014. He consistently achieves excellent surgical outcomes using evidence based treatments and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery that allow patients to be safely treated as day cases. He believes in good communication, getting his patients to understand their condition and involving them in decisions regarding their treatment.

He has a strong commitment to educate and train our future Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been appointed as the Royal College Surgical Tutor at Newham University Hospital. He is a faculty member for several national and international courses in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery, as well as the FRCS(Tr&Orth) exam. He is a regularly invited speaker and an examiner for an MSc programme. His research interests are in shoulder and acromio-clavicular joint surgery. He has several published work in peer reviewed journals and also has published chapters in popular Orthopaedic textbooks.

Membership of Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the British Elbow & Shoulder Society
  • Member of the British Orthopaedic Association
  • Member of the British Medical Association