Ryckie Wade

Research interests

As an academic trainee, I am interested in a wide variety of topics related to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. I would be delighted to collaborate with anyone sharing a common interest so please do get in touch!

Major peripheral nerve injury (the subject of my NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship):

  • Novel magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosing traumatic brachial plexus root avulsions
  • fMRI studies of cortical plasticity in response to peripheral nerve injury
  • Brain MR spectroscopy for biomarkers of pain and recovery following brachial plexus injury
  • Histopathological analysis of peripheral nerve injury following pre-ganglionic injury

Skin cancer:

  • Haematological biomarkers of outcomes in cutaneous melanoma
  • Risk modelling to prevent unnecessary lymph node surgery for melanoma
  • Perfusion MRI for measuring the response of metastatic melanoma to checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy
  • Efficacy of different surgeries for skin cancer of the fingertip

Hand surgery:

  • Different preoperative prep solutions to reduce the risk of surgical site infection
  • Time to emergency surgery for open hand injuries
  • Diagnostic accuracy of Kanavel signs for pyogenic flexor tenosynovitis
  • Randomised trials concerning the management of common hand injuries and fractures
  • Kinesiology tape for osteoarthritis of the fingers


  • Hydrosurgery versus conventional surgery for debriding burnt skin
  • The role of fibrin glues in split skin grafting

Soft tissue sarcoma:

  • The accuracy of MRI for differentiating malignant and benign soft tissue tumours
  • The accuracy of MRI for diagnosing major nerve or vascular involvement by soft tissue sarcoma


  • DIEP flap breast reconstruction preoperative risk modelling
  • Perforator mapping for DIEP flap breast reconstruction


  • MBBS (distinction), 2011
  • MClinEd (distinction), 2011
  • DipHR, (2018)
  • MRCS(ng), 2013
  • FHEA, 2013

Professional memberships

  • GMC 7135532

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's