Dr Matthew Szarko is the Academic Lead for Clinical Sciences for years 1 and 2 of the five year Medicine MBBS, and the Postgraduate Anatomy Coordinator. He joined St George’s in April 2010 to teach gross anatomy and research into musculoskeletal biomechanics.
Prior to this, Dr Szarko completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oakland University in Michigan, USA, where he linked mechanical characterisations of osteoarthritic cartilage with MRI, PLM, and histology imaging.
Dr Szarko obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary in Medical Sciences with a specialisation in joint injury and arthritis, focusing on articular cartilage biomechanics in osteoarthritis as well as in developing cryopreservation techniques for articular cartilage.
Dr Szarko’s current teaching involves functional musculoskeletal anatomy for all medical, biomedical, and healthcare professional students. He also organises and teaches on the Clinically Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy module offered to medical students who opt to undertake an intercalated BSc course.
Additionally, as Postgraduate Anatomy Coordinator, Dr Szarko organises postgraduate anatomy and training courses for clinicians in various areas of expertise (including surgery, anaesthesia, trauma and interventional radiology).
- Concina C, Szarko M, Pearse E, Tennet D (2014). Anatomical evaluation of a technique for suprascapular nerve blockade. Open Journal of Orthopaedics 4: 237-242
- Wood JM, Soldin M, Shaw TJ, Szarko M (2014). The biomechanical and histological sequelae of common skin banking methods. Journal of Biomechanics 47: 1215-1219
- Porter KJ, Robati S, Karia P, Portet M, Szarko M, Amin A (2014). An anatomical and cadaveric study examining the risk of sural nerve injury in percutaneous Achilles tendon repair using the Achillon device. Foot and Ankle Surgery 20: 90-93
- Karia PA, Nathdwarawala Y, Szarko M (2014). Ankle position affects dorsalis pedis artery exposure in anterior ankle arthroscopy, Foot and Ankle Surgery 20:67-70
- Griffin M, Butler PE, Seifalian AM, Szarko M (2013). Update into articular cartilage tissue engineering, OA Musculoskeletal Medicine 1:28
- Bertram JEA., Prebeau-Menzes L., Szarko M (2013). Gait characteristics over the course of a race in recreational marathon competitors, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 84: 6-15
Mr Duncan Tennent (St George's, University of London)
Mr Andrzej Krol (St George's, University of London)
Mr Jason Bernard (St George's, University of London)
Miss Caroline Hing (St George's, University of London)
Mr Magnus Arnander (St George's, University of London)
Mr Alex Trompeter (St George's, University of London)
Mr Ian Hunt (St George's, University of London)
Professor Peter Butler (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust)
Professor Alex Seifalian (UCL)
Dr Szarko has helped to build a 3D printing facility servicing both St George's, University of London and St George's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with Dr James Moffat and Miss Rachel Mead.
Dr Szarko works collaboratively with reconstructive surgeons Professor Peter Butler and Professor Alex Seifalian to identify the biomechanics of facial implants and develop suitable engineered tissue implants. Professor Butler is based at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Seifalian is a Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine in the Research Department of General Surgery at University College London.
Dr Szarko also collaborates with the orthopaedic, anaesthetic, and trauma departments at St George’s University Hospital. Collaborations involving Mr Duncan Tennent, Mr Andrzej Krol, Mr Jason Bernard, Miss Caroline Hing, Mr Magnus Arnander, Mr Alex Trompeter and Mr Ian Hunt attempt to identify the biomechanical and anatomical causes of musculoskeletal injuries and how surgical and reparative techniques can restore normal function.