Research Centre

The BCIH is the largest centre for orthopaedic research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The hospital maintains a fruitful partnership with the adjacent College of Medicine, and our doctors frequently guest lecture at the institution. The current head of research at BCIH is Dr. Linda Chokotho. The following is a list of scientific publications conducted in BCIH.


Scientific Publications

Chokotho L, Harrison WJ, Lubega N, Mkandawire NC. Avascular necrosis of the femoral head in HIV positive patients- an assessment of risk factors and early response to surgical treatment. Malawi Medical Journal June 2013; 25(2): 28-32

Lubega N, Mkandawire NC, Sibande, GC, Norrish AR, Harrison WJ. Joint replacement in Malawi: Establishment of a National Joint Registry. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2009:91-B:341-343

Wynn Jones H, Beckles VLL, Akinola B, Stevenson AJ, Harrison WJ. Chronic haematogenous osteomyelitis in children: an unsolved problem. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2011; 93-N:1-6

Banza LN, Mkandawire NC, Harrison WJ. Amputation surgery in children: an analysis of frequency and cause of early wound problems. Tropical Doctor 2009; 39: 129-132

Tindall A, Steinlechner CWB, Lavy CBD, Mannion S, Mkandawire N. Results of Manipulation of idiopathic clubfoot deformity in Malawi by orthopaedic clinical officers using the Ponseti method. J Pediatr Orthop 2005;25:1-3

Tompkins M, Mkandawire NC, Harrison J. Subcapital femoral neck fracture in patients with HIV and osteonecrosis of the femoral head. SA Ortho Journal 2010; 49-53

Bertram F, Harrison J, Freeman R. The role of the periosteum in healing a large structural defect following sequestrectomy. Tropical Doctor 2011;41:54-56

H Wynn Jones, Harrison WJ, Bate J, Evans GA, Lubega N. A system for radiological classification of childhood haematogenous chronic osteomyelitis. Journal of Paediatric Ortho 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7):822-7

WJ Harrison, Open tibia fractures in HIV positive patients. Malawi Medical Journal 2009;214:174-175

Harrison CS. Evolving Volunteerism. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2002;396: 84-88

Shah RK, Singh RP, Quasem F, Faruquee SR, Harrison J. SIGN Interlocking Nail for the Treatment of Infected Nonuion. Tech Orthop 2009;24:289-296

Lubega N, Harrison WJ. Orthopaedic and trauma surgery in HIV positive patients. Orthopaedics and Trauma 2010; 24:298-302

Govender S, Harrison WJ, Lukhele M. Impact of HIV on bone and joint surgery. Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology 2008, Vol. 22, No.4, pp.605-619

Wynn Jones H, Bates J, Harrison WJ. The use of over-penetrated radiographs for assessment of chronic osteomyelitis in children. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2007; 89; 815-824

Lavy CBD, Mkandawire N, Harrison WJ. Orthopaedic training in developing countries. J Bone Joint Surg 2005; 87-B:10-11

Norrish AR, Lewis CP, Harrison WJ. Pin-track infection in HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients with open fractures treated by external fixation. J Bone Joint Surg 2007;89-B:790-3

Harrison WJ, Lewis CP, Lavy CBD. Wound Healing after implant surgery in HIV-positive patients. J Hone Joint Surg 2002;84-B:802-6

Harrison WJ. HIV/AIDS in trauma and orthopaedic surgery.J Bone Joint Surg 2005; 87-B:1178-81


Lavy C. The Disabled Patient. Principles of Medicine in Africa Eds Parry et al Cambridge University Press 2004; ISBN 0521 80616

Lewis CP, Lavy CBD, Harrison WJ. Delay in skeletal maturity in Malawian children. J Bone Joint Surg 2002: 84-B:732-4

Lavy C. The severely injured patient; Chapter in Pathways in Surgery eds Hobsley & Boulos; Arnold London 2002; ISBN 0340 631864

Bentley G, Lavy C, Singh D. Orthopaedics; Chapter in Pathways in Surgery eds Hobsley & Boulos Arnold London 2002; ISBN 0340 631864

Lavy C, Msamati BC, Igbigbi PS. Racial and gender variations in adult hip morphology. International Orthopaedics (SICOT) 2003 27:331-333