Mr Craigen is a Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.
He qualified at Guys Hospital Medical School in 1982. He gained his specialist training at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton including hand fellowships in Wrightington Hospital under Professor John Stanley and in Louisville, Kentucky, USA at the Kleinert institute and Jackson, Mississippi USA under Dr Alan Freeland. He was appointed senior lecturer in Hand Surgery at Nottingham University in 1995 and moved to Birmingham in 1997. He began working at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in 1997.
Mr Craigen specialises in wrist surgery, arthroscopy, upper limb spasticity, arthritis (including joint replacements) and elbow surgery as well as managing the more common hand conditions including nerve compression and trigger fingers.
He has a major interest in education and research being involved in the British Society of Surgery of the Hand instructional courses and research committee and is a former Chairman of the AO Hand and Wrist Courses.