Professor David Beverland is the head of the Primary Joint Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast. He received his MB, BCh, BAO in 1978 from Queen’s University Belfast and completed his professional qualifications to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1982. In 1985 he completed his MD thesis which investigated the aetiology and significance of vibrations produced by the normal patella. He had two fellowships, the Sir John Charnley Hip Revision Fellowship (Wrightington, England) in 1988 and the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship with special interest in pelvic and acetabular surgery (Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Canada) in 1989. In 1990 after completing his training he became a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast. Since his appointment he has consistently been a high volume primary joint surgeon and in 1993 set up a unit to record Outcome following primary hip and knee replacement.
He has several major research and work interests: audit and information, which resulted in the creation and development of the Belfast Orthopaedic Information System; outcomes monitoring, component placement in total hip arthroplasty, for example the use of the transverse acetabular ligament; arthroplasty complications and improving patient satisfaction following total knee arthroplasty. In 2011 he was appointed honorary Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in Queen’s University Belfast and is involved in an on-going program of research to optimise acetabular and femoral component placement which encompasses patient positioning, restoration of femoral head centre, improved accuracy of acetabular inclination and pre-operative planning.
He has had over 80 publications in a range of medical journals, has spoken at over 200 conferences and has been an invited guest speaker at many conferences worldwide. He reviews papers for the Bone and Joint Journal, Hip international, Orthopaedics and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
He is a member of the British Medical Association, British Orthopaedic Association, British Orthopaedic Research Society, Irish Orthopaedic Association, British Hip Society, Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Member of the Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons, Honorary member of British Association for Surgery of the Knee and a Member of the International Hip Society.