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Thomas Cosker


Director of Anatomy

Tom Cosker started his role as Director of Human Anatomy at Oxford University in January 2014, succeeding Professor John Morris who has taught at the University for many years and done a huge amount to progress anatomy teaching during his tenure. Tom is responsible for all undergraduate anatomy teaching and examinations as well as supporting the Graduate Entry course. Tom's main areas of interest are the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system as well as new technology for supporting learning in medicine and Tom will be looking to bring the latest learning techniques to the department, exploring new ways of learning to support lifelong learning no matter what branch of medicine students choose.

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Tom Cosker is also an Orthopaedic Surgeon who gained his Completion of Specialist Training in 2011. He works at the Tumour Oncology Unit in Oxford and has a Specialist Interest in Upper Limb Surgery and Reconstruction. He is Upper Limb Fellowship trained and has recently completed a Fellowship at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter. Tom has variously worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (in the Spinal Injuries Unit alongside some of the UK's foremost Spinal Surgeons), High Wycombe Hospital (specialising in Arthroplasty and general orthopaedic trauma), the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (specialising in Upper Limb Surgery), the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading (again specialising in Upper Limb Surgery), and the John Radcliffe Hospital (specialising in General Orthopaedic Trauma) and a particularly busy and rewarding year at Northampton General Hospital.

Tom has published around 40 peer reviewed publications and has written around 20 books and mini guides covering everything from Shoulder Surgery to Career Guidance for those seeking posts in Higher Surgical Training.

Tom is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who enjoys lecturing large groups in smaller more informal settings with medical students and more junior doctors. Tom has also completed a Masters in Trauma Surgery at the University of Wales College of Medicine, graduating with a Merit.