Tom Cosker

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
College Assessor, Royal College of Surgeons
Tutor in Anatomy, Balliol College, Oxford
Director of Surgical Anatomy & Associate Professor, University of Oxford

Mr Tom Cosker

MB BCh  ♢  MSc  ♢  FRCS (Tr & Orth)  ♢  FAS


Tom Cosker is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who gained his Completion of Specialist Training in 2011. He works at the Tumour Oncology Unit in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford and has a specialist interest in Upper Limb Surgery and Reconstruction. He is Upper Limb Fellowship trained and completed a Fellowship at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter under the mentorship of Professor Tim Bunker.

Tom has previously worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (Spinal Injuries, alongside some of the UK’s foremost spinal surgeons), High Wycombe Hospital (specialising in Arthroplasty and general orthopaedic trauma), Royal Berkshire Hospital (specialising in Upper Limb Surgery) and the John Radcliffe Hospital (specialising in General Orthopaedic Trauma).


Tom was delighted to take up his position as Director of Human Anatomy at Oxford University from January 2014 to 2020, having succeeded Professor John Morris. Tom has an interest in bringing modern technology to Anatomy and is currently exploring projects in 3D TV, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Tom was responsible for all undergraduate anatomy teaching and examinations. Tom has since taken up the position of Director of Surgical Anatomy at the University of Oxford. Tom’s main areas of interest are musculoskeletal anatomy and new technologies for supporting learning in medicine. Tom is a Fellow of the Anatomical Society and is a tutor in Anatomy at Balliol College, Oxford.  

Tom is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who enjoys lecturing large groups in smaller, more informal settings with both medical students and junior doctors. Tom is a College Assessor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Author & Medicolegal Expert

Tom has published around numerous peer reviewed articles and has written more than 10 books and mini-guides, covering everything from shoulder surgery to career guidance for those seeking posts in Higher Surgical Training.

Throughout Tom’s professional career he has been interviewed and featured in a variety of publications.

Tom also specialises in Medicolegal reporting and has undertaken several thousand reports in this field. The Medicolegal report is a critical component of personal injury claims and Tom has taken the the process of producing professional medico-legal reports as seriously as his clinical practice. He is now often personally requested by the likes of ‘Lyons Davidson’ and ‘Cogent Law’ and is respected for his professionalism and attention to detail. 

Media Features

Featured Expert in The Guardian

Throughout Tom Cosker’s professional career he has been interviewed and featured in a variety of publications. Jon Dennis, Politics Writer for The Guardian, talks to Mr Tom Cosker about UK hospitals’ preparedness for a major terrorist attack.

You can also read a similar article in the ‘London Evening Standard’ featuring comments by Tom Cosker here.

Surgeon, Tutor & Medicolegal Expert


Director of Surgical Anatomy and Associate Professor, Oxford University

Former Director of Human Anatomy
, Oxford University

Chair, Divisional Governance Committee, Oxford University Hospitals

General Secretary, British Orthopaedic Oncology Society

Masters Degree in Trauma Surgery, graduating with Merit (University of Wales, 2008)

International Editor, Miller Orthopaedic Review (6th Ed.)

Winner, British Orthopaedic Oncology Society Gold Medal (2011)

Winner, Welsh Orthopaedic Society Gold Medal (2004)

Course Chair, OCORC (International Course preparing for FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Lecturer, Masters in Musculoskeletal Science, Oxford

Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford

Senior Surgical Lecturer, Professional Medical Education

Published over 20 peer reviewed books, articles and papers and presented at over 20 national and international meetings

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Contact Mr Cosker

Mr Cosker would be delighted to receive any enquiries in relation to
clinical, academic or medicolegal work.