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Mr Peter Brownson : Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist, Liverpool, Merseyside

Peter Brownson
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist, Liverpool, Merseyside: Mr Peter Brownson

A Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Liverpool who is a specialist in arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery and offers private treatment at the Spire Liverpool Hospital on Merseyside.


Peter Brownson is recognised nationally and internationally for his expertise in arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He is regularly invited to lecture and carry out live surgical demonstrations at courses across Europe. He is the Upper Limb Surgeon to Liverpool Football Club and in addition treats players from 3 other Premiership Football Clubs. He is regularly asked to provide articles for the National Press.


Mr Brownson studied at Liverpool University and qualified in 1986 (MB ChB). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1991 (FRCS Ed), after which he undertook a period of orthopaedic research at Nottingham University. This research involved impact biomechanics as applied to aircraft passenger safety. It culminated in the submission of his doctoral thesis and the award of an DM (the medical equivalent of a PhD). In addition, the research resulted in him being awarded an Honorarium in the Syme Professorship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1993 and the crash brace position proposed, was subsequently adopted by the Civil Aviation Authority, for use on passenger aircraft.


Mr Brownson continued his orthopaedic training in Nottingham, during which time he acquired extensive experience in trauma surgery working at the Queens Medical Centre. He obtained the specialist fellowship in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in 1996 (FRCS Orth). He completed his training with his appointment as the Shoulder Fellow in the Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Unit where he acquired sub specialist skills in all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery.


In 1998 Mr Brownson was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Liverpool since when he has been instrumental in helping to establish the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit as a centre of excellence.

On a personal level, he has achieved both a national and international reputation as being at the forefront of arthroscopic (keyhole) surgical techniques. In recognition of this, Mr Brownson was awarded the Travelling Fellowship of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society in 2002. He continues to be actively involved in upper limb research and he has published a number of articles on upper limb related topics.


He is an Editorial Reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He is the Course Director of the Liverpool Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course which is one of the largest courses of its type outside of the United States and he is the Course Co-Director of the

AO Liverpool Shoulder and Elbow Trauma.


Mr Brownson is married with two children. He enjoys sailing, cycling and skiing.


Research, publications and training

Mr Brownson continues to be actively involved in upper limb research and has recently published a number of papers relating to the arthroscopic treatment of common shoulder surgery problems:

  • A Modified Crash Brace Position for Aircraft Passengers.
    Brownson P, Wallace W A, Anton D J.

    Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine, vol 69 no 10 October 1998 975-978.
  • Fractures of the Distal Radius in Goalkeepers
    Boyd K, Brownson P, Hunter JB
    The British Journal of Sports Medicine 2001:35; 409-411
  • Traumatic latissimus dorsi tendon rupture
    Jonathan P. Livesey, Peter Brownson, W.Angus Wallace
    Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
    November 2002 (Vol. 11, Issue 6, Pages 642-644)
  • Clavicular hook plate for lateral end fractures – A prospective study

    Meda KP, Machani B, Brownson P, Frostick SP, Braithwaite I, Sinopidis C

    Injury 2006 Mar;37(3):277-83

  • Arthroscopic stabilisation of the shoulder: a prospective randomised study of absorbable versus non-absorbable suture anchors.

    Tan CK, Guisasola I, Macchani B, Kemp G, Sinopidis C, Brownson P, Frostick SP

    Journal ofArthrsocopy and related research 2006 Jul; 22 (7): 716-720.

  • Repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures using suture anchors through a single anterior incision

    Khan AD, Penna S, Yin Q, Sinopidis C, Brownson P, Frostick SP

    Journal ofArthrsocopy and related research.  2008; 24 (1): 39-45

  • A kinematic assessment of normal elbow movement in activities of modern day living

    Sinha A, Nazar MA, Moorhead J, Bhalaik V, Brownson P

    Shoulder & Elbow April 2010, volume 2, Issue 2, pages 118-123

  • Daily Mail – Good Health

    What those creaking joints really mean
    28 Sept 2010

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Date of registration:

01 Aug 1987


Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr. Peter Brownson  is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals including Spire Healthcare.
Spire admitting rights


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Contact details

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Spire Liverpool Hospital, 57 Greenbank Road, LiverpoolL18 1HQ

Tel: 0151 522 1860

Email: pbrownson@btinternet.com

Website: www.liverpoolshoulderclinic.com


Areas of expertise



Qualifications and memberships


  • DM, Nottingham, 1994
  • FRCS (Ed)
  • FRCS (Orth)

Professional memberships 


Places of work

NHS treatment 

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Prescot St, Liverpool, L7 8XP

Tel: 0151 282 6441

Fax: 0151 706 5997


Private treatment

Spire Liverpool Hospital, 57 Greenbank Road
Liverpool, L18 1HQ

Tel: 0151 522 1860

Email: info@boneandjointcentre.com