About Sickkids
About SickKids

Simon Kelley, MBChB, FRCS (Tr and Orth)

Phone: 416-813-6435
Fax: 416-813-6414
e-mail: simon.kelley@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr Kelley received his undergraduate medical degree from the University of Birmingham,UK in 1997. He undertook his basic surgical training in Leeds, UK then moved to Bristol in South West, UK to join the higher surgical residency training scheme in trauma and orthopaedics. It was there that he developed a passion for children’s orthopaedics, and in particular limb lengthening, deformity correction and hip surgery. Dr Kelley pursued these areas of clinical interest in a series of fellowships. He undertook the limb reconstruction fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 followed by being awarded the first Trans-Canada paediatric orthopaedic fellowship in 2008-2009 at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Montreal and BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver.

Throughout his training Dr Kelley has won awards for clinical excellence, teaching and research, has presented his research at national and international meetings in North America, Europe and Asia, furthermore he has published research papers on a wide range of topics and has written 7 book chapters. Simon also pioneered 2 large educational website projects, developing a unique core regional educational website for orthopaedic trainees in Bristol, UK and a large national educational website project named ArgO for orthopaedic trainees across the UK. Simon was selected as the British Orthopaedic Association Young Ambassador in 2008.

Areas of clinical expertise

  • Congenital limb deficiencies
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Posttraumatic limb deformity
  • Trauma
  • Hip dysplasia

Research Interests

  • Biological approaches to limb regeneration
  • Stem cell technology
  • Limb deformity analysis


  • Excellence in Education Award – BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver               2010
  • British Orthopaedic Association Young Ambassador                                             2008
  • Trans-Canada paediatric orthopaedic fellow                                                           2008-2009
  • Limb reconstruction fellow, Melbourne, Australia                                                    2008
  • Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal - FRCS (Tr and Orth) examination                        2007


1. SP Kelley, MS Cashin, JR Douziech, RA Verghese, K Mulpuri. Levels of evidence at Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meetings. J Paediatr Orthop 2010; 30(6): 612-616

2. SP Kelley, CE Bache, HK Graham, LT Donnan. The Ilizarov technique for complex reconstruction in children with spina bifida. J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 2010; 92(7):1017-22.

3. SP Kelley. The response of children to trauma. Orthopaedics and Trauma 2010; 24(1): 29-41.

4. G Bannister, R Amirfeyz, SP Kelley, MF Gargan. Whiplash injury. J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 2009; 91(7): 845-50.

5. SP Kelley, JR Sloane, M Jackson. Thompson hemiarthroplasty: asymptomatic after 40 years. Hip International 2007; 17: 52-53.

6. SP Kelley, RU Ashford, AS Rao, RA Dickson. Primary bone tumours of the spine: A 42-year survey from the Leeds regional bone tumour registry. Eur Spine J 2007; 16(3): 405-409.

7. SP Kelley, JR Sloane, C Jemmett, M Jackson. Finding the hole: A technical tip. Ann R Coll Surg Eng 2006; 88: 683.

8. DG Morritt, AN Morritt, SP Kelley, MH Stone. Blood ordering protocol based on proposed surgical implant in fractured neck of femur patients. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2005; 87(6): 445-448.

9. SP Kelley, DHM McMurray, AF Hinsche, P Deacon. Yorkshire orthopaedic surgeons – are we ATLS positive? Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2005; 87(1): 41-44.

10. R Maheshwari, SP Kelley, VG Langkamer, E Loveday. Spontaneous recurrent haemarthrosis following unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: successful treatment with coil embolisation. The Knee 2004; 11: 413–415.

11. SP Kelley, AF Hinsche, JFM Hossain. Axillary artery transection following anterior shoulder dislocation: classical presentation and current concepts. Injury 2004; 35(11): 1128–1132.

12. M Schenker, SP Kelley, SPJ Kay. Free hand-to-toe transfer: a method to minimise donor-site morbidity. Br J Plast Surg 2003; 56(1): 59-60.