Ian A. Trail has been a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital for almost eighteen years and is currently the Senior Clinician and 'Head of Service'. He qualified from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1978, thereafter receiving training in the North West, Europe and the United States, the latter as a Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He was appointed as a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital in 1991.
Not only is Prof Trail a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital, but he also practices at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire. Nationally, he currently serves on the Councils of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand and the British Orthopaedic Association. At the same time, he has been elected to serve as Editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow.
Since 1989, he has published over seventy research papers and has delivered numerous national and international presentations. He has been a guest lecturer to both the American and Indian societies of surgery of the hand. Currently he has authored two books on surgery to the hand and elbow. In 2015, his book Disorders of the Hand (Springer, 2014) was highly commended at the British Medical Association book awards.