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Matt (Orthopaedic Surgeon), an incredibly inspiring Old Millhillian

Meet Old Millhillian, Matt. He was a pupil at Mill Hill School in McClure House from 1992-97. We spoke to him to learn more about his life during and after his time at Mill Hill School.

Since being a pupil at Mill Hill School what are you up to now?

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in surgery of the foot and ankle. I work at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Spire Bushey Hospital and The Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone. I am also an Associate Clinical Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at University College London.

What are your career highlights so far?

My career highlights are managing complex foot and ankle deformities and disorders at an internationally recognised unit for foot and ankle surgery as part of a first-class team. My research highlights include using a novel type of CT scanner to look at the complexity of various foot and ankle disorders.

What is your favourite memory from your time as a pupil at Mill Hill School?

My favourite memories from Mill Hill School are the times I spent with my friends. They are a fantastic group of people, who I am still in touch with 25 years later! I loved break times on The Quad, table tennis tournaments in McClure House and camping trips in the fields. I feel incredibly lucky to have learnt in such a magnificent environment that spurred me on to success. 

Who was your favourite teacher when you were a pupil at Mill Hill School?

Mr Armstrong, who taught French. He was a fine example of a calm and kind teacher; he was respected by all of his pupils. 

Can you tell us anything that you think would be of interest to the Mill Hill School community?

I am a member of ‘The Old Millhillians Medical Society’. This is an extraordinary group of people that uses the experience of doctors, young and older, to enthuse the next generation. 

What is your favourite book and film and why?

My favourite book is ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon. It gives the reader a unique insight into the mind of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is a brilliant film about hope and justice. 

Could you share an inspirational quote with us? How does it inspire you?

“Don’t tell people your plans, show them your results”. This quote inspires me to work hard and let my results speak for themselves!