Meet the team
Dr Craig Ranson
Dr Ranson is Programme Director of the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Physiotherapist with the Wales Rugby Team. His previous posts include UK Athletics Chief Physiotherapist and National Lead Physiotherapist to the England and Wales Cricket Board. Craig is a consultant to a variety of sporting organisations including the International Cricket Council and the Sports Medicine Department of the University of the West Indies. His research focus is sports injury management and prevention.
Dr Grahame Brown
After qualifying from Bristol University in 1979, Grahame’s first five years of medical practice were in the RAF where an interest in sport & exercise medicine (SEM) and occupational health (OH) developed. He then pursued a career in general practice with a special interest in SEM and OH, five years in Norwich and 6 years at the University of Birmingham student health service. In 1996 he left General Practice, invited to join the consultant surgical team at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Birmingham as a specialist physician in Musculoskeletal, Sport & Exercise Medicine with consultant equivalent status. This was long before SEM became recognised as a specialty within the NHS. From this beginning, the service has grown to become The Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine, with a team including 2.5 whole time equivalent MSK/SEM physicians, 9 ESPs, 3 podiatrists and a psychotherapist. Within this team Grahame specialises in combining psychological and behavioural treatment (both 1;1 and in group programmes) with physical exercise for persons with disability attributable to chronic regional pain problems. He was elected a foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine Ireland in 2002 and UK in 2006. He was co-author of Liberate Yourself from Pain (Human Givens Publications) published in 2009, and Back to Life (Vermillion Press) published in 2016. He is author of the chapter Pain Management in the Oxford Textbook of Musculoskeletal Medicine published 2015.
Dr John Tanner
Dr John Tanner – MBBS BSc FFSEM DM-SMed DSMSA
Musculoskeletal / Sports Physician and Medical Osteopath
Dr John Tanner trained first as a GP before specialising in orthopaedic and sports medicine. He ran a sports injury clinic in Milton Keynes for 7 years, a medical osteopathic practice in Bermuda for 4 years and on return to the UK developed the Oving Clinic as a multidisciplinary practice in West Sussex. He also worked as an Associate Specialist at Odstock Rehabilitation in the Pain Management team for 10 years and for 2 years in orthopaedics at Worthing. He took over Malcolm Read’s practice in Guildford and has worked at the Blackberry Clinic there He has authored several books on back pain the most recent being ‘Your Guide to Back Pain’ by the BMA. He pioneered the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in tendinopathy in the UK, and has a special interest in chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain, interventional pain relief techniques and psychological management. He is an Instructor for the Spinal Intervention Society and sits on the European Faculty for this and set up a new course for Post Graduate training for doctors in Musculoskeletal Medicine offered by the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine, teaching regularly throughout the UK. He is in his 5th year as President of BIMM.
He has worked with the team at BUPA Health Centre, Basinghall for the last 15 years.
Dr Marie Elaine Grant
Dr Marie-Elaine Grant, Ireland’s Olympic Team Lead Physiotherapist from 1990 – 2010, a specialist member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the appointed physiotherapist to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Medical Commission, Games Group.
As lead physiotherapist to the Olympic Council of Ireland she has been appointed to the Irish Olympic Team for 5 consecutive Summer Olympic Games commencing with Barcelona 1992 to Beijing 2008.
In 2011 was appointed to the IOC Medical Commission, in this role she has been responsible for monitoring physiotherapy activities and facilities at the London 2012 , Sochi 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In 1997 she undertook an extensive PhD study by research and thesis on “ An Experimental Investigation into the effects of strengthening of the Spine” . Treatment and rehabilitation of the spine continues to remain central to her field of practice and expertise. She is an associate member of the UCD Institute of Sports and Health and continues to participate in clinical research with peer reviewed publications in leading sports medicine and physiotherapy journals.
Dr Nick Peirce
Dr Nick Peirce is Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales cricket board and has been in post since 2007. He is also an NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at QMC, Nottingham, is Lead Sports Physician for Nottingham Forest FC and CMO for British Canoeing. His post NHS has recently moved to the National Centre For SEM East Midlands.
Originally trained in Family Medicine Dr Peirce moved into Sport and Exercise Medicine in 1995 and established a Consultant post in 2001 following an MSc in Sports Medicine, a 2 year Lectureship at Nottingham University and subsequently an overseas Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Sport. He has worked extensively with all aspects of medical care for athletes including 7 years as Lead Physician fro the English Institute of Sport at Loughborugh Unviersity, CMO for GB World Class Canoeing Program since 1997, Great Britain Rowing, Team GB and for LTA Great Britain Davis Cup team 2001-2007 until moving to cricket full time. Dr Peirce has attended Sydney and Athens Olympics and Commonwealth Games. He was awarded the British Association of Sports Medicine travelling scholarship in 1998 and with the ECB won the BMJ award for Sport and Exercise Medicine Team of the year in 2013.
He is heavily involved in various aspects of healthcare development including the lead for Training Programs in the East Midlands since 2007, Council member for the Faculty for SEM and SAC and Chair of National Recruitment and Workforce planning for Sport and Exercise Medicine. Other activities include editorial Boards for BJSM and CJSM, ICC Medical Committee and active involvement in research and injury surveillance. He currently supervises 4 Phds at Loughborough, Birmingham and Oxford University looking at osteoarthritis, biomechanics, spondylolysis, concussion and helmet design as well as research interests in bone development in athletes, metabolic medicine and diabetes and exercise . He has a particular interest in the bone adaption and risks of spondylolysis in fast bowlers in cricket with x 2 Phds starting to follow the elite and academy players in English Cricket.
Dr Richard Collins
BASEM Executive Member
Since 2014 Richard has worked full-time as a MSK Physician, mainly within the new Bedfordshire Community MSK Service, a NHS Prime Vendor contract held by Circle Health. Prior to this he worked part-time as a GP alongside providing GPwSI services within a lower level, Bedford based, GP owned Community MSK service. He sees and assess the full range of acute and chronic community MSK conditions, working alongside ESPs, providing core and high level interventions. He is currently working towards the CESR in Sports & Exercise Medicine.
Dr Richard Smith
Dr Richard Smith is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Salisbury Hospital. He trained in London and, following that, spent a year at the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine. He runs a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinic every week. He sits on the British Society of Rheumatology clinical affairs committee, the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine council, the UK Musculoskeletal Medicine diploma council (for which he also examines) and is junior secretary for the Royal Society of Medicine Sports and Exercise Medicine council. He lectures nationally and internationally for the British Medical Journal Musculoskeletal masterclass, the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and the Royal College of GPs. He has published on upper limb disorders, drugs in sport and bone density in athletes. In his spare time he is doctor to the World's Strongest Man and Superstars tournaments.
Mr Don Gatherer
Don Gatherer Grad Dip Phys MCSP SRP MBAcC SRAc
Don is founder and director of the Tudor House Clinic which has been running since 1978 and now specialises in Cervical, Lumbar and peripheral IIVMC analysis. He graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1969 and as a Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist in 1976.
Don has worked with Australian F1 Racing driver Mark Webber, he was the England Rugby Team’s Physiotherapist from 1971-1986 and their Consultant Physiotherapist until 2006. He travelled with the Great Britain Athletic Team for 12 years and was Chief Physiotherapist in Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and at the Commonwealth Games, Alberta 1978.
Don specialises in pre and post-operative spinal rehabilitation. He treats Premiership and International rugby players with cervical lesions and has presented on this topic at numerous medical conferences.
Mr Emir Battaloglu
Mr Emir Battaloglu is a specialist registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the West Midlands Birmingham Orthopaedic Training Programme. He graduated from the University of Birmingham and has completed his master’s degree in sports and exercise medicine at the University of Bath. He has acted as the Great Britain American Football Team Doctor since 2010.
Alongside his medical career, Emir has twice been a British collegiate American football champion with the University of Birmingham Lions. He has continues to represent Great Britain in American football, having been selected in 2006 and he participated in the 2010 & 2013 European Championships.
Professor Graham Smith
Professor Graham N Smith is a Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Consultant, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Chairman of The Society of Sports Therapists (UK) and a member of the Executive Committee of BASEM and the FMA. Graham has an extensive background in the treatment, management and rehabilitation of injuries at all levels of the sporting spectrum. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and an external Lecturer for the MSc in Sports Medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. He is also external examiner for the MSc in Football Science and Rehabilitation at Edge Hill University. He is responsible for setting up and running the Football Association National Rehabilitation Centre at Lilleshall and he has also worked with British Olympic and representative teams, as well as in professional football. Now, alongside working in his clinic in Glasgow and consultancy commitments, he lectures extensively, nationally and internationally, on the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and sports injury management. During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Graham was invited by the IOC Medical Committee to present a workshop as part of the Medical Education Programme.