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Ms Riem Johnson

MBChB, MD, FRCS(Tr&Orth), DipHandSurg(Br)

Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

Area of expertise

Hand, Wrist, Peripheral Nerve Surgery


I trained at Leicester University and undertook my surgical training in the Northeast of England. After my basic surgical training, I was a research fellow in General Surgery and was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at the University of Newcastle prior to undertaking a higher surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedics.  I completed my training with a post-CCT Hand Fellowship at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (October 2016-October 2017).  I went on to become a locum hand consultant at the Pulvertaft Hand Unit in Derby (October 2017-January 2018) during which time I was awarded the British Diploma of Hand Surgery (March 2018) by the BSSH and University of Manchester. I was appointed as a substantive orthopaedic hand surgeon at the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust and moved down with my family to live and start work here in April 2018.

Recent research interests have included being Principal Investigator for an NIHR funded randomised control trial regarding Dupuytren’s disease (DISC), and a recent collaboration with a PhD student at Imperial College studying biomechanics of the thumb base.

Teaching commitments

ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) courses twice per year in Brighton and Hastings

Organisation and teaching of the tendon teaching day (including tendon repair workshop) for the Kent Surrey Sussex Orthopaedic Trainees every two years.

Medical school: lecturing a module on advances in medical care - annual

Cardiff Hand fracture course - annual

Diploma Booster Day: Faculty on annual day of teaching for candidates about to sit the Hand Diploma exam

Regular GP teaching sessions

I take an active role in training and quality and safety and was the clinical governance lead for T&O in University Hospital Sussex NHS FT (East) for 3.5 years from March 2019.

I am passionate about green issues and the environment and have now taken on the green sustainability lead for the T&O department in UH Sussex.

Current professional memberships

  • General Medical Council

  • Medical Protection Society

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • British Medical Association

  • British Orthopaedic Association

  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand

Personal interests

I enjoy spending my non-working time with my excellent husband, 3 lively children and dog. We try and make the most of the great outdoors together, either at the beach or in the hills. Recently acquired skill as family: Kite surfing!

I feel so lucky to live on the coast and I am fortunate to have discovered the joy of sea swimming and have completed two 5km sea swims for charity.

Great loves: family, friends, travel, food: eating/cooking/baking, running, swimming and reading.

List of conditions treated

  • Management of peripheral nerve compression (eg carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression at the wrist and elbow)

  • Trigger finger

  • Dupuytren’s disease

  • Management of arthritis in the hand and wrist (eg thumb base procedures-trapeziectomy or arthroplasty)

  • Tendon transfers

  • Management of lumps (eg ganglia, tumours eg GCT tendon sheath, haemangiomata)

  • Trauma

NHS appointment

University Hospitals Sussex

Private hospital sites

The Montefiore Hospital, Hove
Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital

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