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Professor Ian Pallister

Professor Ian Pallister

Honorary Professor, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor Pallister has worked as a clinical academic trauma surgeon since joining Swansea University and Morriston Hospital in 2002. He is actively engaged in medical student teaching in clinical anatomy, trauma and orthopaedics and also clinical skills. He also regularly supervises student projects in medicine and also applied medical sciences. 

His research interests cover a wide range of civilian and military spheres and he has worked closely with colleagues in the UK Defence Medical Services 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Major trauma: damage control resuscitation and the response to injury
  • Complex fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular trauma
  • Open fractures
  • Skills education and evaluation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Pallister contributes to Medical School teaching in clinical anatomy sessions, apprenticeships. LOCs and specialty attachments.

In addition, he is Director of the MSc Trauma Surgery Programme and has a major interest in the teaching of technical skills and in the clinical and simulated environment, along with immersive simulation for time critical emergency training.



CHIEF INVESTIGATOR:  Wales Lower Limb Trauma Recovery (WaLLTR) Project:  UKCRN Number: 10939. 

CO-APPLICANT & PI:  Operative Rib Fixation (ORIF) Study: ISRCTN10777575. Multicentre RCT comparing all-cause mortality in patients with multiple rib fractures (AIS 3+) undergoing rib fixation versus standard supportive treatment.  Total £1.6 million.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:  Articular Pilon Fracture Trial (ACTIVE): ISRCTN98152560 Multicentre RCT comparing ORIF with Circular frames in AO 43-C plafond fractures.  

WHiTE 8 Copal Trial: ISRCTN15606075 Multicentre RCT comparing single versus dual loaded cement in hemiarthroplasty for neck of femur fractures. 

Acetabular Fracture Intervention in Older Patients Trial (AceFIT): A multicentre feasibility study comparing non-operative treatment with fixation alone and fixation with THR in patients over 60 years of age.

CO-APPLICANT: Randomised trial of clinical and cost effectiveness of Administratioon of Prehospital fascia Iliaca compartment block for emergency pre-hospital hip fracture care delivery (RAPID 2).  Chief Investigator: Prof Helen Snooks, Stage 2 Application NIHR Health Technology Assessment NIHR129972.


Award Highlights

Trauma Simulation Ltd (University Spinout company) Award for Innovation at the Sun Military wards in 2016. 

Smith & Nephew Research Travel Award 1999- awarded at the British Orthopaedic Trainees Registrars’ Day, January 1999.

Biomet Research Travel Award 1998- awarded at the British Trauma Society, Annual Clinical Meeting 1998.

William Gissane Memorial Prize - Best exam performance MMed Sci 1995.

Biomet Prize - Best presentation by a Junior Doctor at British Trauma Society Meeting 1995. 


COVID-19 Post ITU Innovative (PosITive) Physical Rehabilitation: Standardised Physical Rehabilitation In Previously Ventilated COVID-19 ITU Survivors.

Application to UKRI Rapid response call in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff and Vale Health Board along with Swansea Bay University Health Board.

Major Trauma Damage Control Resuscitation & Surgery: Simulation Modularity and Flexibility.

ACC2009947 A collaboration between Trauma Simulation Ltd (a Swansea University spin-out company) and UK Defence Medical Services, supported by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL Porton Down) through the Defence Accelerator scheme.