ofessor David Warwick

Diploma of Immediate Medical Care
European Diploma of Hand Surgery

Current Practice

David Warwick is Consultant Hand Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton since 1998 as well as visiting Hand Surgeon to the States of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey.  He is Club Surgeon for Southampton Football Club.

David has looked after hand problems for many elite teams such as Southampton Football Club, Hampshire County Cricket Club, GB Hockey, GB Sailing, British Diving. His particular clinical interests are Dupuytren’s disease, rheumatology, distal radio-ulnar joint problems, hand trauma and wrist instabilities.

He works with leading law firms to provide advice on the medical aspects of injury and medical negligence.


David Warwick was born in 1962 and attended Southend High School for boys in Essex, where he obtained A grades in Latin, Greek and Ancient History Advanced Level studies, before reading Medicine at Southampton Medical School (1980-86). He is married and has three children. He learned to fly with the RAF. He enjoys driving his sports car, cycling, skiing, keep fit and travelling. Most of all he enjoys time with his wife and three children.

He was a bronze donor for the University of Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology. He has supported a child at the Albella Children’s home in Northern India for many years. He is an Advocate for Trinity, a charity for the homeless in Winchester.


David trained in basic surgery in Bristol, and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1989 in London. He then specialised in Orthopaedic Surgery for the next seven years as a Registrar and Senior Registrar  on the South West Regional Training Scheme. He qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon (FRCS Orth) in 1996 and then undertook specialised training in Hand and Wrist surgery in Oxford UK and Sydney Australia. He was appointed as a Consultant at Southampton University Hospitals in 1998 and Reader in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2008.


award1His teaching, research, and administrative contributions were rewarded by the University of Southampton with an Honorary Professorship in 2013. His NHS contribution has been rewarded with a Bronze Clinical Excellence award in 2012 renewed in 2016. He was awarded the Gold Medal in the European Diploma of Hand Surgery in 2004 and was awarded the Hunterian Professorship in 1998 for his work on Orthopaedic Thrombosis.

David is the immediate past President of the British Association of Hand Therapists. He has keenly promoted interdisciplinary working with Hand Therapists, with publications on Therapy led services in mallet finger, Dupuytren’s Disease and carpal tunnel syndrome.

He has been Visiting Professor to the Australian Orthopaedic Association, South African Society for Surgery of the Hand and Polish Hand Society.


He is was President of the  British Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2020. He is the current Secretary General of the International Federation for Societies for Surgery of the Hand, a leading role in world hand surgery. 

David is a prolific researcher and teacher. He reviews about 40 papers per year; David is recent Associate Editor of the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and is on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Hand Surgery and the Bone and Joint Journal.

David has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals with an H index of 34.
He is on the Editorial Board of the BJJ and served 2 terms on the Editorial Board of the JHS(E). He has written over 20 book chapters and is Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Hand Surgery (2009, 2018), the European Textbook of Dupuytren’s Disease (2015) and Apley & Solomon’s System of Orthopaedics and Trauma (2001, 2010, 2017, 2021). He is currently Principal Investigator on 4 studies and leads the Clinical Orthopaedic Research Group in Southampton.

David Warwick is Club Surgeon for Southampton Football Club

My Promise To You
When you come to my Hand Clinic, I will do my best to diagnose your problem, learn about what you want and help you decide what is best for you. I will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each potential treatment. Although surgical treatment might be needed, wherever possible we try safe and simple non-operative treatments such as therapy and injections. When these methods have been tried or are not suitable then between we will consider and decide on the best surgical options together.

My approach to practice and delivering the best for my patients is centred on a team effort. When you contact the Hand Clinic, my personal assistant Rachel will make an appointment to suit you. My own dedicated Hand Therapy team will provide very thorough support. If you need surgery then my anaesthetic colleague Dr Max Jonas will explain everything to you and make the procedure perfectly safe.

I am always happy to respond to a telephone call or email at any time to discuss any aspects of your care.