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Leela trained in London, with fellowships in Sydney and London. She spent 8 years as Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Edinburgh before moving to Manchester in 2016 as Head of Department.
Her thesis was on Articular Cartilage Injury and Repair in the Young Adult Knee. She was an ABC Fellow in 2010, and has won multiple awards for research. She has been peer-selected as one of the global top 15 cartilage repair surgeons to attend summits on advancing the science and surgery of cartilage repair, is an elected International Cartilage Repair Society Senior Fellow, founded the ICRS Global non-arthroplasty patient registry and is a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Biological Knee Society.
Her clinical and research interests are in the innovative field of cartilage biological regenerative surgery, design and clinical trials of novel implants, optimising the outcome of implanted devices and joint replacement surgery.
She currently serves as British Association for Surgery of the Knee Treasurer, ICRS Board and Chair of the Registry Committee, and on the British Orthopaedic Association Research Committee. Leela has been a clinician advisor to NICE on several device and technique appraisals. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and has authored many books including the latest edition of Grays Anatomy.