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The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London

Professor Roger Wolman, MD (Res) FRCP FFSEM

Roger

Reader in Sport and Exercise Medicine (QMUL) and Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM

Centre: Sports and Exercise Medicine

Email: r.wolman@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Professor Wolman works in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at QMUL. He has a widespread clinical and research experience in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

He helped to develop the first British Olympic Medical Centre at Northwick Park Hospital from 1987-1991 and continued to work in the centre until 2008. He was appointed as NHS Consultant in SEM at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1994 where he set up weekly NHS SEM and Dance Medicine clinics. He developed an Exercise prescription service providing treatment for patients with chronic diseases including Arthritis and Rheumatic diseases, Osteoporosis, Chronic pain, Joint Hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndromes and for Amputees. He also set up the Motion Analysis laboratory at the hospital which included providing a compartment pressure testing service. 

He has been a member of the London Deanery training committee for SEM and an educational supervisor for SEM trainees. He has also worked on the SEM advisory committee for the Royal College of Physicians and was the chair of that committee from 2012 -2016. Being involved in Dance Medicine for many years, he has been the Medical Advisor to One Dance UK (previously Dance UK) and helped to set up the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science in 2012.

During 2020 he has helped to set up a multi-disciplinary service to provide treatment for patients with Post-Covid-19 Syndrome.

Research

Professor Wolman did his Medical Doctorate on the Female Athlete Triad and has continued to work in this area ever since. He has an interest in bone health in athletes which has included a range of projects on Vitamin D collaborating with colleagues at the University of Wolverhampton. 

Having treated over 1200 dancers in the NHS dance medicine clinic he has produced a range of papers on the injury profile of different Dance Genres.

Exercise is Medicine is a very important concept which has influenced Professor Wolman’s approach to the management of patients with chronic diseases. Within this area, he has completed research projects on the influence on exercise on a range of chronic diseases including head injuries, arthritis and osteoporosis. He has worked with the Moving Medicine project to provide guidelines on providing exercise for amputees. He is currently developing research on the optimisation of exercise in the rehabilitation of patients recovering from Covid-19.

Key Publications

  • Wolman RL, Cornall C, Fulcher K, Greenwood R.  Aerobic exercise in brain injured patients. Clin Rehabil 1994; 8: 253.
  • Spector TD, Harris PA, Hart DJ, Cicuttini FM, Nandra D, Etherington J, Wolman RL, Doyle DV.
  • Risk of osteoarthritis associated with long-term weight-bearing sports. Arth Rheum 1996; 39:988.
  • Reeve J, Walton J, Russell LJ, Lunt M, Wolman R, Abraham R, Justice J, Nicholls A, Wardley-Smith B, Green J, Mitchell A. Determinants of the first decade of bone loss after the menopause at spine, hip and radius. Q J Med 1999; 92: 261.
  • Rees JD, Wolman RL, Wilson A.  Eccentric exercises; why do they work, what are the problems and how can we improve them? Brit Journal Sports Med 2009; 43: 242.
  • Wolman R, Wyon M, Nevill A, Koutedakis Y, Allen N Vitamin D status in Professional Ballet Dancers: Winter vs. Summer.  J Sci Med Sport 2013; 16: 388.
  • Wolman R, Wyon M, Nevill A, Koutedakis Y, Allen N. The influence of winter Vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and injury occurrence in elite ballet dancers: a controlled study. J Sci Med Sport 2014; 17:8.
  • Ericson WB, Wolman R. Orthopaedic management of Ehlers Danlos Syndromes American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C (Seminars in Medical Genetics) 2017; 175C:188.
  • Wyon MA, Wolman R, Nevill A, Barber A, Edwards M, Bowd B, Clarke F, Bryant J, Cloak R. The Influence of Hormonal Contraception on Vitamin D Supplementation on Serum 25(OH)D3 Status in Premenopausal Women: A Prospective Double-Blind Placebo Random Controlled Trial. J Endocrinol Metab 2017; 7(4):117.
  • Jubb C, Bell L, Cimelli S, Wolman R. Injury Patterns in Hip Hop Dancers.JDMS 23(4)2019 pp 145-149 https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.23.4.145
  • Wyon M, Wolman R, Martin C, Galloway S.The efficacy of different vitamin D supplementation delivery methods on serum 25(OH)D: a randomised double-blind placebo trial. Clinical Nutrition 2020.

Collaborators

  • Professor Matt Wyon – University of Wolverhampton

News

  • Professor Wolman was awarded the 2019 Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award for outstanding contribution to the Art form.