Mr Mark Brinsden

MBBS(Lond), MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Tr & Orth)

Shoulder & Elbow Specialist



Special Interests


  • General trauma

  • Complex upper limb trauma

  • Revision elbow arthroplasty

  • All musculoskeletal conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow


Professional profile

Mr Brinsden joined the Royal Navy as a medical student and graduated from University College Hospital, London in 1993. He passed Royal Marines Commando training and joined 40 Commando Royal Marines as their medical officer. He deployed with the unit on operations in Northern Ireland, the Mediterranean, the Far East and South Africa.


He completed basic surgical training in Plymouth and higher surgical training on the Peninsula and Oxford rotations.  He passed the intercollegiate examination in 2004 and pursued fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford; and trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.


He was appointed to MDHU Derriford as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in November 2005.  As a military surgeon he has delivered surgical support to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In May 2013, after completing 22 years of military service, he was appointed as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.


Alongside his clinical practice he is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Trauma and Orthopaedics; a member of the Peninsula Deanery Regional Training Committee for Trauma and Orthopaedics; the Principal Investigator in several national multi-centre research trials; and a reviewer for the Bone & Joint Journal and the Shoulder & Elbow Journal. 


Current posts


Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies


  • Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association 

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 

  • Member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society 

  • Member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society 

  • Member of the Combined Services Orthopaedic Society 

  • Member of the South West Shoulder and Elbow Group 

  • Member of the Medical Defence Union