Nick Kalson

Nick Carlson

Dr. Nick Kalson

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I am a surgeon interested in musculoskeletal health and disease. I graduated in medicine from Manchester University in July 2012. I combined my medical degree with scientific training in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research, where I worked on collagen fibril assembly, earning my PhD under the supervision of Professor Karl Kadler.

I then worked in London for two years to complete my junior doctor training before moving to Newcastle in August 2014 to take up a combined clinical-academic training post in Trauma and Orthopaedic Sugery (Academic Clinical Fellowship). During the ACF I began working with Dr Lee Borthwick (Fibrosis Research Group PI) investigating the cellular/molecular mechanisms underlying joint fibrosis that follows trauma or surgery (such as total knee replacement). We now have both clinical and basic research studies underway that attempt to provide mechanistic insight into this challenging clinical problem. The ultimate aim of our research work is to identify anti-fibrotic agents that are clinically useful in fibrotic, painful, scarred joints.

In 2017 I took up an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer post which I will use to work in the Fibrosis Group whilst continuing my clinical training in orthopaedic surgery.


  • MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and Glasgow) - 2015
  • PG Diploma in Clinical Research, University of Newcastle, UK - 2015
  • MB-PhD program, University of Manchester, UK - 2003-2012
  • MBChB (Hons) - 2012
  • PhD in Developmental Biology - Thesis title: The role of cell-generated force in tendon development - 2008-2012
  • Intercalated BSc (Hons) Pathology, 1st Class, University of Manchester, UK - 2005-2006

Major Publications

Knee joint fibrosis



Basic science research



Clinical surgical research


High altitude research


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