Professor Joseph Dias

Professor of Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Health Sciences
Clinical Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Sciences Unit, Off Ward 11
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road
Leicester, LE5 4PW

Tel: +44 (00116 2588851
Tel: +44 (0)116 2584702



Personal details

I lead the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Leicester.

  • Editor, European Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Reviewer for Post Graduate Medical Journal
  • Regular reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, invited to be on the editorial board
  • Head of School of Surgery, EMHW Deanery (South)


Dias JJ, Rajan RA, Thompson JR (2008). Which questionnaire is best? The reliability, validity and ease of use of the patient evaluation measure, the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand and the michigan hand outcome measure. The Journal of hand surgery European volume, 33: 9-17.

Dias JJ, Dhukaram V, Kumar P (2007). The natural history of untreated dorsal wrist ganglia and patient reported outcome 6 years after intervention. The Journal of hand surgery European volume, 32: 502-508.

Horton TC, Dias JJ, Burke FD (2007). Social deprivation and hand injury. Journal of Hand Surgery [Br], 32: 256-261.

Stanton JS, Dias JJ, Burke FD (2007). Fractures of the tubular bones of the hand. The Journal of hand surgery European volume, 32: 626-636.

Dias JJ, Braybrooke J (2006). Dupuytren's contracture: an audit of the outcomes of surgery. Journal of Hand Surgery [Br], 31: 514-521.


Most of my research is clinically based, investigating intervention effectiveness in prospective randomised studies for various disorders of the hand, providing a high level of evidence, and has altered management of various disorders, provision of hand surgery and assessment outcome.


  • MRC 'Recovery of nerves after injury'
  • DTI (with Finsnury Limited, Oxford)
  • Trapezio-metacarpal joint
  • Trent Audit Fund - Trent Ganglion Study
  • BSSH - National Study on Outcome of Dupytrens Contrature Surgery
  • Friction in tendons
  • Scaphoid followup study
  • Cimetidine in Calcific tendonitis study

I am the Acting Head of the Clinical Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University  of Leicester, where the main research theme is the outcome of joint replacement, based on a large prospectively collected database.

  • President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Secretary of the British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Association of Professors of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand


I currently supervise four MDs and oversee one MPhil. Last year, I examined four MDs.

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