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 actively involved in research, keenly following the latest developments in the field of hip surgery.
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 President (2021-22) 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.