Honorary Professors

An Honorary Professor is someone outside the University who has made a significant contribution to their field. They lend their expertise and support, often contributing to course delivery and development.

Lennard Funk

Len FunkLennard Funk is a Consultant Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust. He specialises in keyhole and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, as well as general upper limb surgery and trauma. His special interests include shoulder dislocations, frozen shoulder, arthritis, stiff elbows and sports injuries of the shoulder.

He says: “It is a great honour to be part of a modern and rapidly evolving, dynamic university. I have been involved with Salford University for a number of years now, collaborating with the schools of Engineering and Health Sciences. It is a privilege to be part of the team developing the postgraduate degree in Orthopaedic Management for the multidisciplinary future of healthcare.”

Lennard also lectures nationally and internationally on Shoulder Surgery, Sports Injuries and Medical Informatics. He is published widely in medical journals and a member of many international and national professional organisations.

In addition to his surgical qualifications, he is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine UK and Co-Director of the Manchester Sports Medicine Clinic.

Frank Kronenberg

Frank KronenbergFrank Kronenberg is a director and co-founder of Shades of Black Works (SOBW), a Cape Town-South Africa based company with a triple social mission: strengthening places of origin, forging connections, and collective story making. SOBW initiatives include Ubuntourism and Afrwecan campaign.

Frank is co-founder of the movement ‘Occupational Therapists without Borders’, which inspired a number of international ground-breaking publications which he co-edited and co-authored  (Occupational Therapy without Borders-Learning from the Spirit of Survivors (2005); A Political Practice of Occupational Therapy (2008); Occupational Therapies without Borders – Volume 2: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices (2011).  

Frank also works as international guest lecturer and consultant at universities in South Africa, North & South America, and Europe. Besides Salford, he is affiliated with Zuyd University (Netherlands); Universidad Andres Bello (Chile); University of the Western Cape (South Africa).

He says: “The privilege of being invited to engage with colleagues at the University of Salford allows for exciting ‘glocal’ North-South exchanges which can spark innovative approaches to learning and generating knowledges that are responsive to the 21st Century challenges of our global village.”  

His special interests include ‘epistemologies of the South’ and occupational approaches to understanding and advancing people-planet well-being (‘doing well together’). He also started post-graduate studies in occupational therapy at the University of Cape Town.

David Sochart

David SochartDavid Sochart is Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at North Manchester General Hospital Arthroplasty Unit, specialising in lower limb arthroplasty, minimally invasive techniques and the management of arthritis in young patients. He was previously Consultant at Princess Mary Rose Orthopaedic Hospital in Edinburgh and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

David says: “It’s a great honour to be invited to work with the rest of the team. It provides the chance to get more involved in training and research and establish further links with other universities as well as internationally. I’m also interested in developing multidisciplinary training which is accessible to junior and senior orthopaedic medics, physiotherapists and other health care professionals.”

David lectures both nationally and internationally and has been invited to operate abroad in countries such as India, Hong Kong and Korea. He has published over 70 articles in peer review journals and has contributed chapters to text books. He is also interested in research and education and regularly hosts conferences both in the UK and abroad.

David is Vice Chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) for Manchester and Salford, and Regional Co-ordinator for the National Joint Registry.

Cemal Ucer

Cemal UcerCemal Ucer is an oral surgeon and runs a full time national referral centre at Oaklands Hospital - the Manchester Dental Implant Clinic he established in 1995.

Since 1994, he has personally trained and mentored more than 600 dentists in the field of Dental Implantology.

He was awarded an MSc in Implantology at Manchester Dental Hospital following his research into guided bone regeneration and osteopromotion. Recently, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester for his clinical and laboratory studies into the factors affecting the success of implant treatment in iliac grafts and the investigation of the effect of skeletal bone density on implant survival.

Cemal has been appointed as an Honorary Professor and Clinical Lead of the Diploma/MSc programme in Dental Implantology.

His current clinical research interests include immediate implant placements and the effect of bone density on success of implant treatment.

Cemal is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, British Dental Association, Association of Dental Implantology (UK), and a Fellow of the Manchester Medical Society. He is also an elected member of the ADI board representing the North West, and director of Research at the ADI.

Michael McNicholas

Professor McNicholasMike McNicholas is a Consultant Knee & Trauma Surgeon in the University Hospital Aintree Teaching Hospital Major Trauma Centre. Appointed in January 2013, he offers a regional knee reconstruction service for patients in Cheshire and Merseyside and has one of the most extensive experiences of multiple ligament reconstruction in the UK.

He has been an Honorary Professor in the Directorate of Sport at the University of Salford since January 2005. He says: “I am privileged to have had the chance to work with the dynamic team in the Sports Science and Rehabilitation Department at the friendly, vibrant and pioneering University of Salford. I feel greatly honoured to have been awarded the Professorship in recognition of ongoing research and teaching on the rehabilitation of injured sportsmen and women.” His continued interest in sports medicine has been recognised by election as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of lreland.

After completing Knee Fellowships in Edinburgh, Switzerland, America and Japan he was appointed as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon in Warrington Hospital in 2001 specialising in knee surgery since then. He is a founder member of the 20/20 group which is a national group of specialist soft tissue surgeons. He qualified from the Universities of St Andrews (BSc, 1986), Manchester (MB, ChB, 1989) and Dundee (MD, 2000). His orthopaedic training was in Dundee, and Edinburgh (FRCSEd Tr & Orth, 2000). Sport has played a significant role in his life and Michael was a St Andrews University Blue in swimming and waterpolo and has also played rugby, volleyball and football.

He is regularly invited to teach at national and international meetings, training juniors and other Consultants on arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee and knee replacement and trauma surgery. He was nominated as Trainer of the Year in 2012 by the Mersey Regional Training Rotation and is on The Royal College of Surgeons Train the Trainer Faculty.

He has a particular interest in the 'young' arthritic knee and the evolving joint preservation surgery for these patients who wish to maintain a high level of activity. He is the UK Chief Investigator in the GOAL Trial, and has participated in a number of international studies comparing different techniques of articular cartilage resurfacing. Michael has published widely on knee Surgery as well as trauma surgery. His research has won a number of awards including the Richard O’Connor Research Award, the highest research prize of the Arthroscopy Association of North America for his work on the outcome of meniscus surgery.