OPA's Visiting Specialists

Bermuda is extremely fortunate to have forged relationships with specialist orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists from renowned centres of excellence in both the UK and North America.

In order to see one of these tertiary specialist, patients must be referred by a local orthopaedic surgeon or their family doctor.

On-going post-operative care will be arranged locally, with close consultation, if necessary, with the visiting surgeon.

Dr. Didier Cros | Laurence D. Higgins, MD | Stephen J. Parazin, M.D. | Mr. Ronan Treacy, FRCS

Dr. Didier Cros

Didier Cros is a Neurologist on Staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard medical School. Dr. Cros is also a Clinical Neurophysiologist specializing in tests like EMG, nerve conduction studies and Evoked Potentials, applied to the diagnosis of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.

Dr. Cros formerly was the Director of the Electromyography Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital. At present, Dr. Cros is focusing on the diagnosis and management of peripheral nerve disorders, and is working closely with Dr. Sang-Gil Lee, orthopedist and peripheral nerve surgeon at the Boston Neuropathy Center.

To see Dr. Cros, you will need to be referred by your family doctor (GP).

Laurence D. Higgins, MD

Dr. Higgins currently serves as the Chief of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Boston. He specialises in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries. Dr. Higgins maintains an extremely busy clinical and surgical practice at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, seeing approx. 150 patients each week, and performing over 400 surgical cases each year.

He employs advanced open and arthroscopic surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. His complex and revision surgeries include treatment of rotator cuff injuries, shoulder instability, complex shoulder fractures, shoulder replacement and knee instability (in particular ACL, PCL and complex ligamentous injuries).

Dr. Higgins visits Bermuda approximately twice a year and appointments may be made via a referral from Dr. Peckett's office.

Stephen J. Parazin, M.D.

Dr. Parazin is the Chief of Spine Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He has been a member of the NEBH medical staff since 1998 and specializes in complex surgery of the neck and back, including revision surgery and cases involving adult scoliosis and deformity. He also performs minimally-invasive micro surgeries and sees patients with the following conditions: herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, myelopathy, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal fractures and tumors of the spine.

An expert in spine surgery, Dr. Parazin lectures extensively both nationally and internationally, and is also on staff at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on where he regularly performs spinal surgery.

Mr. Ronan Treacy, FRCS

Ronan Treacy is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham UK. For the past twenty years he has been involved in the renaissance of hip resurfacing with his colleague Derek McMinn.

Mr Treacy was born into a medical family and qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1983. He served as an Anatomy demonstrator prior to surgical placements on the West Midlands Rotation. He developed an early interest in research and trauma. As recipient of RCS Laming Evans award in 1991, he took time out from his training to investigate the role that alterations in Red Cell membranes play in the development of ARDS. During this time he also developed a biodegradeable antibiotic delivery system in association with Aston University.

Mr Treacy was appointed to the staff of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in 1994 . He ran the revision hip service for nearly ten years and amassed a wealth of experience. During this time he helped develop the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing with his mentor McMinn. In addition to designing the first successful MoM resurfacing, they were also innovative in setting up an independent implant specific joint registry in 1997.

For the past decade in addition to a busy clinical practice, he has taught, lectured and operated globally including live surgeries at the COA and Current Concepts Meetings. He has the largest international experience of MoM hip resurfacing and continues to publish widely. In 2008, he was recognised by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for his outstanding contribution to Orthopaedics in the city. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham. In 2013, he was elected as Staff Governor to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust.

Mr Treacy has been a regular visiting surgeon to Bermuda since 2002 performing Total Hip Replacement, Hip Resurfacing and Hip Revision Surgery.

Outside of orthopaedics, he has a number of business and charitable interests and is a Francophile and passionate skier.

Mr Treacy is the senior author of a Hip paper in the September 2013 issue of The Bone & Joint Journal:

Matharu, G.S.; McBryde, C.W.; Pynsent, W.B.; Pynsent, P.B.; Treacy, R.B.C.
"The outcome of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in patients aged < 50 years up to 14 years post-operatively"
Bone Joint J 95-B:1172-1177 September 2013.