I specialise in hip replacement and revision surgery, and I also perform surgery for trauma and hip preservation. Since 2004 I have been a consultant at the Exeter Hip Unit, internationally renowned as a seat of best practice and innovation in hip surgery.
I am dedicated to achieving the very highest standards of safety and the best results for my patients, and I am actively involved in research, keenly following the latest developments in the field of hip surgery.
Please take a look around to get an insight into what I do, how I like to work and how I might be able to help you. If you have any questions, just get in touch.
I am actively involved with the design and development of the Exeter total hip replacement system, which has uniformly outstanding results on joint registries around the globe. As a passionate advocate of education, I teach hip replacement techniques to visiting surgeons and on international courses. I am Treasurer of the British Hip Society, whose mission is to promote training, education and research to ensure the very best care for patients.
I qualified in medicine in 1991, after studying for five years at King’s College in London. I went straight into the Royal Air Force medical branch for six years of training as a junior surgeon, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1996.
For my specialist orthopaedic training I was lucky enough to have the celebrated surgeon Professor Robin Ling OBE as my research supervisor. My research into the basic science of the Exeter hip won me Young Investigator of the Year 1999, awarded by the British Orthopaedic Research Society. It also led to my MSc degree in Orthopaedic Engineering, awarded by Cardiff University.
After completing my final orthopaedic fellowship exams, I moved with my wife Alison and three children Gregory, Emily and Jessica, to Vancouver. There I studied North American techniques in complex and revision hip and knee replacement surgery at the University of British Columbia.
In 2003 we moved back to England and I took up further hip fellowship training at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, where I was appointed as a consultant to the Hip Unit in 2004. Since my appointment I have continued to develop my skills in complex hip replacement, revision and hip preservation techniques and I have published multiple scientific papers and book chapters.
The results of hip replacements in England and Wales are recorded by the National Joint Registry (NJR), which was established in 2002. Information submitted to the NJR is used to compare the results of different designs of hip replacements so that poor prostheses can be identified early, in the interest of patient safety. The NJR also collects data on the performance of surgeons and hospitals and some of this data is made available to the public. You can look up some of the data on me and the hospitals I work in here.
The NJR allows surgeons like me to look up our individual results to see how we compare to other hip replacement surgeons in the country. This feedback on our performance is confidential and it is not currently made available to the public, but I would be very happy to share my results with you in person.
I have had many research papers published in scientific journals, and written chapters for several orthopaedic textbooks. If you would like to see where I have been published, click here.
I run the education programme for the Exeter hip replacement and we hold five courses at Exeter each year on hip replacement surgery for visiting surgeons. We also run Exeter hip courses abroad and I receive invitations to teach at education events around the world. If you’d like to see my recent and upcoming teaching activities, click here