Fergal Monsell was born in Dublin and emigrated shortly before England last won the World cup.

After attending Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, he graduated without distinction from the Welsh National School of Medicine. He completed higher surgical training at the University of Manchester and fellowship training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney.

Following appointments to the Consultant staff at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore in 1997, he has been a Consultant at the Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol since 2004.

His paediatric practice is broad based with a special interest in the management of patients with limb deformity. He has some experience in surgical and prosthetic management of this patient group and leads a multi-disciplinary team. He is also involved in all aspects of paediatric trauma and the treatment of children with cerebral palsy using a spectrum of contemporary techniques.

Mr Monsell has an active research portfolio and his group is currently investigating the skeletal consequences of septicaemia, defining patterns of normal limb growth and developing reconstruction techniques for complex deformity. He is involved in education at all levels and is Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and Director of the Avon Centre for Musculoskeletal Education.

Fergal's MSc thesis was for work that quantified the kinematics of the knee following ACL injury and reconstruction and his PhD thesis evaluated on the effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy on regenerate bone in a small mammal model of limb lengthening.

In 2000, he was an ABC travelling fellow, is the immediate Past President of the Limb Reconstruction Society and a Member of the Politburo of the Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Bone and Joint Journal and specialty editor for paediatrics.

He is married to Ros, has three grown-up children and to his credit, is a lifelong Spurs supporter.