Leela Biant trained in London, and completed specialist fellowships in hip and knee surgery in Sydney and London.
Her Master of Surgery degree was entitled “Articular Cartilage Repair in the Young Adult Knee” and she has undertaken research into the use of adult stem cells to repair damaged cartilage and evaluated current best techniques of cartilage repair.
Leela has recently moved from being the lead clinician for the Enhanced Recovery after Arthroplasty programme in Edinburgh to her new role as Academic Head of the Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Manchester. She has published over 60 research publications, including research on techniques and processes to minimise infections following orthopaedic operations, the outcomes of hip and knee replacement for all patients, particularly the ‘super-elderly’ and cartilage repair. Her research prizes include best paper by a clinician from the British Orthopaedic Research Society, Presidents Prize Paper at the Royal Society of Medicine, Short-listed for a Technological Advancement Award at the British Orthopaedic Association and the William Little Medal twice.
Leela was awarded the ABC Travelling Fellowship in 2010, is an invited reviewer of research for five journals and four grant awarding bodies. She supervises BSc, MD and PhD students and is the External Examiner for Orthopaedic Degrees at Warwick University. She was The Edinburgh Masters Orthopaedic Tutor of the Year 2013. She is on the Executive Committee of The British Association for Surgery of the Knee, The BASK research committee and is Chairman of the International Cartilage Repair Society Registry Committee.