Curriculum vitae


A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 CAREER RESUME
I am a consultant in spinal injuries and rehabilitation medicine. I am also an experienced medico-legal consultant and expert witness. Over the last 10 years I have produced over 1000 medico-legal reports, mostly instructed by claimants’’ solicitors, but in 30% cases by defendants’ legal teams. In a few cases I have been jointly instructed. In 2010 I published a chapter on “Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries” in a book “Medico-Legal Reporting in Orthopaedic Trauma” (Foy and Fagg ed). In 2012 I wrote on “Pressure Ulcers in Neurologically Impaired Patients“(see page 8 below) and published on Neuro-Rehabilitation in Mauritius (page 9). Born in Mauritius and having trained and practiced in France and the UK, I am bilingual (English and French). I have practised medicine in the UK since 1987, before which I trained in France: Paris, Bordeaux, and Amiens. I continued my training at The Spinal Injuries Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, before accepting a position as Team Leader in Rehabilitation for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Peshawar (1988-91), and subsequently as a Red Cross Team Leader in Bucharest (1991-93). I returned to the UK, taking a first position at Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital. From 1994 I was a Senior Registrar at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital at Stanmore. In 1996 I moved to Lincoln as a Consultant, followed by a ten-year term at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury, where I served until 2009. During this time I also became a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education at Bournemouth University (COPMRE). I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP London). Recently I have been offering my services as a Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine at Glenside Hospital for Neuro-Rehabilitation, Salisbury. My recent research activities have focused on the use of telemedicine and telehealth to provide care in the field of rehabilitation. I am Honorary Secretary of the Telemedicine and e-Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (London). At the BRSM conference in Southampton 2012, I gave a presentation entitled “Trauma Rehabilitation in Countries with Few Resources” (available on my website). In addition to professional medical practice, I am actively involved in clinical evaluation for the ALIP2 Telehealth Peace Anywhere Project, a trustee for the charity SSIT (Southern Spinal Injuries Trust), and a consultant on several film projects, including the award-winning “Spinal Injury Patient film”, and “Outreach”. A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 PERSONAL DETAILS
Retired Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre Salisbury District Hospital Salisbury SP2 8BJ Private Secretary - Miss Christine James, RGN BSc 42 Marina Avenue Appley Ryde Isle of Wight PO33 1NN Married, 2 children Citizen of France and Mauritius Languages spoken/written English, French, Creole FIELDS OF INTEREST
Spinal injuries, Spinal cord injuries, Brain injury, Whiplash injuries, Neuro-rehabilitation A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 EDUCATION
Royal College Port Louis (Mauritius), Secondary education Bordeaux I University, Higher Studies in Political Science Bordeaux II University, Undergraduate Medical Studies University of Toulouse, Ph.D. in International Law Political Sciences Postgraduate Studies (Bordeaux, France) Diploma in Tropical Ecology and Epidemiology (France) Master of Science in Human Biology (Bordeaux, France) WHO sponsored “Diplome d’Etudes Superieures en Ecologie Humaine” (Human Ecology Studies) (Bordeaux, France) Amiens University, M.D. (Doctorat d'Etat en Medecine) CES (Specialist Degree) in Sports Medicine - Amiens, France Diploma in Medical Rehabilitation - London Specialisation in Rehabilitation Medicine in UK (London Deanery) A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 MEDICAL TRAINING POSTS
Centre de Reeducation, Beauvais, France Orthopaedic and Neurological Rehabilitation Centre Jacques Arnaud, Bouffemont, France Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury Centre de Reeducation Neurologique, Coubert, France 100 bed Neurological Rehabilitation Unit Department of Rehabilitation, Asnieres 92, France Centre of Hydrology and Climatology Rehabilitation Cauterets 65, France National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Head of Rehabilitation Programmes (Paraplegic Centre and Orthopaedic Limb Fitting Centre) in Pakistan. International Committee of Red Cross (Geneva) Team Leader / Project Coordinator in Spinal Injury Project (Bucharest, Romania). International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Staff Grade in Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Midland Counties Hospital Senior Registrar in Rehabilitation and Spinal Injuries, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine (NeuroRehabilitation, Head Injuries), Lincoln District Healthcare NHS Trust A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine, Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine, Glenside Neuro-Rehabilitation Hospital Visiting Fellow, Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education, Bournemouth University MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Fellow Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) Fellow of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS) Member of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) Member of the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology Honorary Secretary of Telemedicine and e-Health Section of Royal Society of Medicine (London) CHARITY INVOLVEMENT
In the UK

Founding member and past vice-chairman Headway Salisbury Trustee for Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT) A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 TRAINING AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Taught in Indian Spinal Centre, on aspects of Spinal Cord Injuries Accredited trainer in Rehabilitation Medicine for European Board of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Supervisor for Specialist Registrars in Rehabilitation Medicine Supervision of research and audit for trainees: Fertility in Spinal Cord Injury men; Treatment of autonomic dysreflexia; Assessment and management of osteoporosis in spinal cord injury; Bone density management in Spinal Cord Injury Organised an Outreach Conference on Spinal Cord Injury in Postgraduate Centre, Salisbury Educational Supervisor for Wessex Deanery: Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury Invited faculty for the European Interschool on Wound Healing, Southampton University Invited faculty for the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS), Southampton Rehabilitation Medicine SpR: Training day on pressure ulcers and swallowing (with Vandobona S.) Lecture for doctors in Salisbury: Fertility in Spinal Cord Injury Lecture to Salisbury Doctors on “Neurological Changes following Spinal Cord Injury” Prepared and delivered in-house lectures on Spinal Cord Injury, Rehabilitation of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, middle-cerebral artery stroke, anoxic brain injury, respiratory management in the neurologically compromised patient, indication and management of Baclofen pumps Lecture to Glenside Neuro-Rehabilitation staff on “Subarachnoid Haemorrhage” A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 PUBLICATIONS
Adjanohoun,Édouard J and A. Soopramanien. Contribution Aux etudes
Ethnobotaniques Et Floristiques á Maurice (Iles Maurice Et Rodrigues): Rapport.
Agence de Cooperation Culturelle et Technique, 216 p. 1983.
Adjanohoun, Édouard J and A. Soopramanien. Contribution Aux etudes Ethnobotaniques Et Floristiques aux Seichelles. 186 p. 1983. Adjanohoun, Édouard J and A. Soopramanien. Contribution aux études
Ethnobotaniques Et Floristiques á la Dominique (Commonwealth of Dominica). 402
p. ACCT, 1985.

Book Chapters
Soopramanien (1993): “Blinding Weapons” by ICRC (Geneva). Meeting of Experts.
Chapter dealt with issues of war injuries (Spinal Cord Injuries) in Afghanistan. ICRC-
372 p.1993. ISBN 2-88145-048-2
Soopramanien A (2003): chapter on Spinal Cord Injury in the Developing world, in the ABC of Spinal Cord Injury published by BMJ Publishing Group - June 2002. BMJ Books- 88 p. ISBN 072791518 Soopramanien A. (2010) “Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries” in Medico-Legal Reporting in Orthopaedic Trauma by Foy and Fagg, Elsevier Ed. ISBN 978-0-443-06833-1 Soopramanien A. (2012) “Pressure Ulcers in Neurologically Compromised Patients”
in “Measurements in Wound Healing: Science and the Management” Ed, Pr Raj
Mani (Southampton), Springer ed. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4471-2987-5

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Soopramanien A. (1993) “Red Cross Spinal Injury Project in Bucharest, Romania.”
Paraplegia 31: 521-6, 1993.
Soopramanien A. (1994) “Epidemiology of Spinal Injuries in Romania.” Paraplegia 32:715-22, 1994. Soopramanien A, Soopramanien K. (1995) “A medico-social survey of Romanians with Spinal Cord Injury.” Paraplegia 33:49-54, 1995. Soopramanien A, et al. (2005) “Using telemedicine to provide post discharge support for patients with spinal cord injuries.” Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11, Supplement 1: 68-70, 2005. Pain, H, Soopramanien, A. et al (2007)“Outcomes from a randomised controlled trial of tele-rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries.” Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13, Supplement 1: 46-48, 2007. A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 Laura Dallolio, Mauro Menarini, Sandra China, Manfredi Ventura, Andy Stainthorpe, Anba Soopramanien, Paola Rucci, Maria Pia Fantini. (2008)“Functional and clinical outcomes of telemedicine in patients with spinal cord injury.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 89(12): 2332-41, 2008. Soopramanien A.(2012) “Mauritius Calling: Medical Care and Neurorehabilitation Needs in an Oceanic Idyll.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 93: 2377-81, 2012.
Unpublished manuscripts
Soopramanien A, et al. (2006) TeleMed and eHealth: Outcome from a randomised
controlled trial of Tele-rehabilitation with spinal cord injured people.”
Soopramanien A, Levene P. (2008) “Briefing and Discussion Document: Managing Patients with Spinal Cord Injury - Salisbury District Hospital.” Soopramanien A, Holton V. (2008) “Report on Outpatient feedback on Telemedicine - Salisbury District Hospital.” Soopramanien A. (2009) Document for the Management of Spinal Centre, Salisbury District Hospital on “Telemedicine: the way forward.” Soopramanien A. (2009) “Audit of use of Nifedipine and Autonomic Dysreflexia in 11 UK Spinal Centres” Soopramanien A., Maanoossi M. SpR (2009) audit on Urodynamics and neurologic bladder Soopramanien A, (2009- 2012) ALIP2 Evaluation: Evaluation of Health Hub to support patients with neurological disability and the elderly in the community MEDIA WORK AND APPEARANCES
Produced a film about spinal cord injury and the Peshawar project (ICRC Geneva) Produced a film on Management of Spinal Cord Injury, (with Marcus Dillistone, Director, Glory Film Co. ) Content available at: Produced a film on the Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury for patients, family and carers (with Marcus Dillistone, Director, Glory Film Co. ) Consulting for films: Choosing A Wheelchair and Technology in Neurological Rehabilitation A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3

National/International Conferences
International Conference in Neurosurgery in Bucharest, Romania Speaker at WHO/Icelandic Health Authorities conference on treatment options for Spinal Cord Injury, (Reykjavik, Iceland) World Federation Of Neuro-Rehabilitation: “Telerehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injuries.” (Hong Kong) Organised Outreach Conference to improve care of spinal cord injury in the community Guest speaker at International Conference on Brain Injury: “Traumatises craniens en Grande Bretagne” (Nantes, France) Guttmann Conference on Spinal Cord Injury: “Using Telemedicine to improve services in Spinal Cord Injury” (Cardiff) Assessment of swallowing and use of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Lecture at MS Trust Conference, Kenilworth “Trauma Care in Countries with Few Resources” Lecture at BSRM (British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine) Summer Conference, Southampton A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 CONFERENCES AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS (Continued)
Other Invited Paper and Research Presentations
Participated in a UNESCO workshop in Dakar (Senegal) Presented a paper on “Blending Traditional and Modern Medicine” Guest speaker at Indian Spinal Cord Society (ISSICON), presented paper “Can Telemedicine help in Spinal Cord Injury Management?” Presentation at Salisbury District Hospital, together with Helen Pain, on the use of video-link technology as a tool in providing post-discharge support Debate at Royal Society of Medicine, London: “This house believes that the contribution of eHealth is critical to the success of self care programmes” (Proposed with Karl Stroetmann) Presentation to F2 Medical Doctors, Salisbury on Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Medicine Presentation to the Heads of Department of Spinal Centre on “BID for Telemedicine - DOCSTC” Presentation to Glenside Hospital for Neuro-Rehabilitation: “Telemedicine and Rehabilitation using Netviewer” (with King R.) Presentation to Glenside Hospital: “Innovations at Glenside. Using Telemedicine to enhance Clinical Care and communications” Presentation to Glenside Hospital on “Spinal Cord Injury and Chronic Wounds” A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3 FUTURE RESEARCH PLANS
I am preparing a paper to explain my vision on how to deliver neurological rehabilitation to include: Support to clinicians/hospitals for acute spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions; Support to patients/relatives pending admission to a neurological centre; Remote teaching on issues of neurological rehabilitation; Manning outreach clinics (with remote access to clinicians and diagnostic tools); Follow up of patients after discharge from hospital (face-to-face contact, and monitoring of vital signs with sensors). Telemedicine would provide opportunities to help improve care of neurologically impaired patients worldwide. I am keen to explore options for well-established spinal cord injury units and rehabilitation centres to provide remote assistance in rehabilitation to individuals or centres worldwide. I am presently involved in a major project in Mauritius to set up a neurological rehabilitation centre. A S c u r r i c u l u m v i t a e A p r i l 2 0 1 3


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