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Mr. R. Kulkarni is a Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital. His practice is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder and elbow disorders. Mr Kulkarni leads the Shoulder and Elbow unit and provides a comprehensive trauma and elective service to the population of Gwent. He also provides a tertiary service for second opinions and has referrals from Bristol, Cardiff, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Gloucester, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Rhondda.


Mr. Kulkarni underwent his basic orthopaedic training in the south west of England and South Wales. He completed a 12 month fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Centre in Minneapolis, USA under the guidance of Drs Ramon Gustillo and Richard Kyle. He regularly undergoes continuing medical education to keep abreast of all the latest developments in shoulder and elbow surgery.



Mr. Kulkarni has a specialist interest in sporting injuries of the shoulder, arthroscopic surgery and trauma.


Achievements - Leadership


Treasurer of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society (2006- 2008) –

Secretary of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society ( Current)

Founder and Honorary Secretary South West Shoulder and Elbow Club. This is a Consultant only group that meets twice a year to discuss difficult cases and to promote research and learning.

Expert member of NICE representing shoulders and elbows

Member of the Expert Working Group (EWG), Chapter H (orthopaedics) representing shoulder and elbow surgery. EWG is a group working for the Department of Health in guiding and advising with regards to coding, tariff and Health Resource Groups (HRGs)

Review Editor of ‘Shoulder and Elbow’ - A new international journal published by Wiley Blackwell

Reviewer of Shoulder and Elbow papers for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Host of the National British Shoulder and Elbow Conference – 2004

Member HRG implementation team – Welsh assembly

Elected member of the Welsh Board of the Royal College of Surgeons who interact with the Welsh Assembly in health policy development.




Mayo Elbow BESS Fellowship 2007

Best Poster presentation BESS 2004

Best Poster Presentation BOA 2002

Presidents Gold Medal for best paper - OrthoCelt 1999


Teaching, Invited Speeches and Chairmanship


Honorary Clinical Tutor, Cardiff University

Teacher in various courses including

Surgical Skills Course, WIMAT, Cardiff

Basic Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, WIMAT, Cardiff

Open Shoudler Surgery Course, Royal College of Surgeons, London

Registrar training – Cardiff, Bristol, Oswestry

Chairman at scientific sessions at BESS 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008

Chairman at BOA 2008

Speaker at - Bristol, Oswestry, Brunnel University, RCS London, Rome, South Africa, India etc.




Mr. Kulkanri has presented a large number of papers both nationally and internationally. He has also published papers and is currently involved in ongoing research.






Ongoing research:







Newport Gwent Dragons

British elbow & shoulder society