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Tim E Kilmartin FCPodS PhD.
Consultant Podiatric Surgeon,

North West Independent Hospital, Ballykelly

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Tim E Kilmartin FCPodS PhD.

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon

Tim qualified from the Birmingham School of Podiatry in 1985. He took up a post in Kettering Health Authority where he developed an interest in the management of children’s foot problems while working toward the primary theory exams in podiatric surgery. He subsequently won the Alan Proctor award for the highest pass in his year. After completing his surgical training under Mr David Tollafield and Mr Ian Turbutt and Northampton General and Luton General Hospital, Tim was awarded Fellowship of the Podiatry Association in 1991.

In 1988 Tim commenced a PhD study of the treatment of children’s bunions at Nottingham University Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics. He was awarded the Nottingham University Gertrude Cropper Prize for excellence in research in 1989 After a short period working as a Lecturer at the Northampton School of Podiatry, Tim returned to the NHS as a Podiatric Surgeon in 1994 working for Doncaster, Chesterfield and St Batholomews before being appointed Consultant Podiatric Surgeon in Nottingham and nearby Ilkeston in 1997. His interest in research has continued throughout his career with now nearly 60 published articles on foot surgery and the treatment of various foot conditions. The surgical correction of bunions and hammer toes remains a particular research interest.

Elected the first Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery of the College of Podiatrists in 1998, Tim has always been involved in the educational and professional development of podiatric surgery. He has also served on the Specialty Advisory Board in Podiatric Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He is the external examiner to the Masters degree in the theory of Podiatric Surgery at Glasgow and Edinburgh University and is an Examiner for the Fellowship in Podiatric Surgery.

Claire O’Kane FCPodS

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon

Hillsborough Private Clinic, Hillsborough, Co.Down.


Claire qualified as a podiatrist from the Northern Ireland School of Podiatric Medicine in 1991. From 1993 to 1999 she worked as a clinical supervisor and lecturer at the school of podiatric medicine in Queen’s University Belfast.

Claire passed her primary theory exams in podiatric surgery in December 1997 in which she was awarded the Alan Proctor award for the highest pass and began her
surgical training in April 1998 spending the first year of her training at Lewisham General Hospital London, and the second year at Ilkeston Hospital near Nottingham.
During this time Claire was awarded the Ian Turnbull award for highest pass in her fellowship theory exams in podiatric surgery, and qualified as a podiatric surgeon in April 2000. She took up a position at Ilkeston Hospital as a Specialist Registrar and was awarded her certificate of completion of surgical training in April 2003, becoming a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon in October 2003 at Ilkeston Hospital.

Claire now works mainly in private practice in Hillsborough near Belfast. She is also a tutor for the faculty of Podiatric Surgery.

To date she has published a number of studies on the success of podiatric surgery for various foot problems including the correction of hammer toes, bunions and pain in the ball of the foot. Please click publications for further information.

Claire has performed over 3,000 foot operations, 800 of which have been bunion corrections.

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