GrahamClayton: "Mr Shawn Tavares qualified as a medical doctor from the University of the West Indies in 1987. His orthopaedic surgical training was done on the Oxford training programme with rotations in Oxford, Stoke Mandeville and Reading. This was complemented with a clinical fellowship in knee sports injury surgery at Chelsea and Westminster in 1998/99.
During this time he was also involved in several biomechanical research projects at Imperial College under the guidance of Professor Andrew Amis.
He returned to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford in 2000 to complete his training in hip and knee arthritis surgery prior to taking up his current post as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Mr Tavares has pioneered Birmingham hip resurfacing and computer-navigated surgery in Reading. He has developed a service for day case Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL) reconstruction. Shawn was Clinical Director for trauma and orthopaedics at the Royal Berkshire Hospital from 2004 to 2007. He was clinical governance lead from 2007 to 2010. He is the departmental lead for Enhanced Recovery following hip and knee replacements.
Mr Tavares' specialist hip interests include; hip replacements, revision hip surgery and hip resurfacing.
His specialist knee interests include; anterior cruciate ligament surgery, unicompartmental knee replacements, meniscal (sports cartilage) surgery and total knee replacements including customized positioning implants.
Shawn's publications include an editorial on hip bearing materials, a book chapter on knee injuries for the ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) fire-services occupational health guide; and a scientific paper on meniscal (sports cartilage) repairs.
Shawn is an avid sports fan and cricket cognoscenti. He is former National junior and senior chess champion of Trinidad and Tobago, and represented Trinidad and Tobago at 2 world junior chess championships and a chess Olympiad. He was Trinidad and Tobago Sports personality of the year in 1982. He has represented England at the world senior team Chess Championship in Dresden in 2015."